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Urban North America

With the increasing density and diversity found in urban cores, city churches and those who plant them must likewise be culturally, ethnically and socially diverse. Multiply ascribes to the strategy of identifying and training planters who feel called to strategic locations within this context, rather than identifying the context and then searching for the right pastoral fit for a given community. The potential church planter then submits to intense assessments and internships before being released into ministry. Urban mission is not to be undertaken lightly, but those who embrace the call are seeing incredible fruit.

Dennis Wilkinson believed that hospitality was at the heart of urban mission, and had a burden for the city of Vancouver. In 2011, he and his family moved from Minnesota to plant Meta Communities in the city’s West End. The move was not an easy one, as the family adapted to a community full of transients, sterile concrete landscapes, and extremes of upscale indifference and homeless survivalism. The Wilkinsons faced down their fear and launched into a daily rhythm of love and inclusive community. Chris Hyndman is grateful that they did.

Chris was living a nightmare in the West End. In a recent interview, Chris said, “My god was cannabis, and it failed me. I had a complete mental collapse. I was hearing voices and seeing demons behind every bush. Even after I was hospitalized, I wanted to kill myself.”

Dennis met Chris at a playground and invited him and his wife for supper. After three years of building trust and friendship, Chris accepted Jesus as Lord and has gone on to lead worship in Meta Communities.

Dennis now spearheads the Meta School, teaching young Christians how to live missionally in their communities. Enrollment is limited to nine people per year, with one week of teaching and the rest of the time spent in apprenticeship. Dennis mentors these young leaders in how to turn “strangers into friends,” focusing less on getting people to attend church and more on themselves being disciples who are the church.

The urban centers of North America are ripe for transformation. The same social and economic pressures that make cities unstable, dangerous and disturbing also makes its dwellers flexible, open to new ideas and hungry for relationship. Multiply is responding to God’s invitation to reach both the marginalized as well as the affluent, investing in leaders like Dennis to bring the Gospel to our cities.

Expected Outcome

55 Churches Planted

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