What Is the “City Church”?

If you look at the biblical basis for the idea of the city church, there is actually no denominational reference at all. A city church is not made up of multiple denominations or even churches. It is made up of multiple people – living stones (1 Peter 2:5). For example, the city churches of Ephesus, Corinth, and Colosse were simply an aggregate of all the believers from the various home-based fellowships and gatherings in their respective cities – regardless of theological divisions.

Applying this understanding to our day, if you belong to Christ, and you fellowship anywhere at all in State College, you are first a part of the church in State College, connecting more locally with a more granular body of believers. If our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, regardless of what any other person or church may think, we are part of a much bigger body than the one to which we tend to identify. Today, in many cities, people of good faith try to create a “City Church” by bringing denominations together. Admirable as these efforts are, it is still quasi-unity at best. They are separate and distinct organizations that are primarily responsible for their own assets and business interests.

We envision a city church apart from the division that is inherent in denominations and entities.

Groups Cultivate Unity among Home Fellowships

Last night I was privileged to participate in a meeting of like-minded brothers and sisters who are seeking fellowship and freedom through authentic Christ-centered relationships. Two home fellowships that seem to have one mind about the church today came together to share their hearts for God and for his church in State College. There were plenty of questions and a few ideas offered, but certainly many questions remain. Today, I have a heightened sense of expectancy about what God is going to do with the church in State College, and I’m eager to see changed lives, healing, and spiritual growth in the believers. We have a great opportunity to listen corporately for what God wants to do and carefully build the church that keeps Jesus Christ at the helm and enables true freedom for the believer. In the weeks ahead, several of us will be praying / thinking through what this looks like so we can effectively be ‘living stones’ in an emerging city fellowship.