The For the City Network propels church engagement toward shalom in the city through its network of restorative organizations.
Here is a list of our network of organizations:
Restore Strategies trains and empowers churches as they mobilize people to engage in their city.
Through the years, we have seen that the biggest needs to mobilize the church are not more ministries, but better ways to challenge, motivate, and connect people in the church to the thousands of great ministries and organizations that already exist. Local Mission Labs are trainings for churches across the country who want to make an impact in their city.
This past year, we have had the privilege of hosting Parents’ Night Out, a monthly night of free childcare to serve foster families in Austin. We are supporting the launch of a new Parents’ Night Out at North Campus, aiming to serve 500 children. By June 2019, we hope to launch a South Campus Parents’ Night Out. Our goal is to regularly serve 600 children annually, which is an 88% growth in one year.
Launch Ventures supports leaders as they start new reconciliation-purposed initiatives and organizations. Our initiatives include CrossFit Renew, TCS Volleyball, RBI Austin, Vessel Coworking, and Petra Preschool.
“We have watched her grow[at Crossfit Renew], and she is no longer afraid to challenge herself. I truly do believe that she knows and believes the gospel. After we shared the gospel with her, I challenged her to have gospel conversations with her coworkers, and I can’t wait to see what God does.”
"There really aren't enough words to articulate the amount of gratitude and greatfulnness that I have for this program. There hasn't been another cause that I have wanted to attach myself to wholeheartdly than TCS. I believe in what they're doing. I can see it. It's tangible."
—Total City Sports Volunteer
“I’ve grown so much in coaching but most of all, as a father to my own kids. The skills I’ve learned with RBI are not only applicable in coaching baseball, but have been beneficial skills as a father as well. It’s been a fun ride.”
“Working at Vessel has helped me stay passionate about my creative and career endeavors. It has also made me, a remote worker, feel more connected with this city even though my job is based out of a different location.”
The vision for Petra Preschool started when a local family’s foster child was not allowed to attend their other children’s preschool. Joining with other families in the city, they began to dream about establishing a faith-based preschool, focused on serving economically disadvantaged children. Now open, Petra’s mission is to show God’s love by providing education, care, and support to a diverse population in Austin including foster children, economically disadvantaged children, and their families.
Verge Network exists to equip the church (leaders, students, entrepreneurs, artists, business leaders, nonprofit leaders, church planters, and everyday leaders) for mission.
Alongside an extensive library of resources, Disciplemaking Blueprint and Verge Lab form an advanced missional training and networking community designed to help students lead, live on mission, and multiply disciples.
THIS COMING YEAR, WE HOPE TO:
- Double the number of Verge Lab members.
- Launch Verge Lab Certifications.
- Launch Launch Verge Lab Plus.
- Pass the 3,000 student mark with the Disciplemaking Blueprint Course
The For the City Center is a physical representation of For the City’s mission to bring restoration to Austin. Our building at 500 E. St. Johns Ave. was originally a nursing home, but was mostly vacant for many years prior to 2010. The For the City Center is now comprised of a combination of meeting, nonprofit tenant, and church space. Our hope is that this space is one that serves our community in Austin through a variety of means—through our nonprofit organizations who office here, events put on by outside companies, or the church that meets here faithfully on Sundays.