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.

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