What is the City Reaching Center?
This City Reaching Center is a place for the Church to pray, learn connect, and collaborate to reach the city with the Gospel; fully saturating every neighborhood, people group, and generation for the Kingdom.
City Reaching Center: Fostering, facilitating, and enhancing leadership and strategic collaboration for Kingdom impact.
The physical setting provides a large, multi-purpose space incorporating:
- Part classroom and training center.
- Part war-room, strategy and information center.
- Part co-working, networking, connection, and meeting hub.
- A model for other cities for their own city reaching efforts.
This City Reaching Center, mobilizes, and trains the Christian innovators who want to come together in a city reaching movement.
We envision the following space usage in this space
Kingdom Teaching/Training Area
Teaching training area for up to fifty people. Two large movable Whiteboards, PowerPoint Projector setup, DVD player, large flatscreen TV on portable stand, and speaker podium. Uses range from social media presentations to regular teaching training for Perspectives classes, Village School of the Bible classes, Thrivent presentations, National Christian Foundation meetings, Time to Revive and Revive Minnesota training site, YWAM training site, and City Vision classes/training, etc.
War Room Area
Enclosed conference room with glass walls. A private meeting space for up to 12-15 people with long movable tables. Room contains flatscreen TV on portable stand, PowerPoint projector, large movable Whiteboard, DVD player, Smart Table touchtop with giant map of the Twin Cities with all churches, world religion worship sites, and cult/occult worship sites on it as verses, pictures, quotes, and strategic information for prayer.
Readers are Leaders Book Nook Area
A small bookstand and resources area for about 30-50 books/videos/resources for purchase. Books for various classes could also be sold here. Two armchairs and one rocking chair for people to read or talk or look at resources.
Prayer Station and Co-Working Area
Designated corner space will accommodate prayer and co-working. Ministry professionals who are facilitating collaboration, working in social media, mobilizing for mission, conducting local strategies for national organizations or supporting prayer movements, who all tend to not be bound to a ‘home-office-space’ and yet want to frequent places where they can connect and collaborate; formally and informally, will access these spaces. Giant flatscreen TV will run continuous displays with stimulating vision and information on global and local mission. There will be chairs and couches to sit and pray in this area or to co-work in. Regular weekly prayer meetings will be held as well as periodic all night prayer meeting conducted.
Co-Working Collaboration Café (C3) Area
A small coffee bar café area with small tables for people to sit and eat and meet or co-work at and café stools at the countertop. The coffee bar café will be a basic with just a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, coffee urns, tea and soft drinks, and storage area for plates, napkins, cups, etc.
Mini-Office Center Area
A small area functioning as an office center workroom area containing storage lockers, table with color copy machine, scanner, fax, mailboxes, office supplies, storage benches, and a small desk area for an office manager/administrator. Ministries can use this as their branch office and have the City Reaching Center used as their mailing address as well.
Small City Vision Office Space
City Vision would have a small 200 sf. office space on site at the back of the City reaching Center to work out of and manage the Center’s space.
Three designated storage areas for supplies, tables, chairs, etc.
The City Reaching Center will be in a strategically located in the Hamline/Midway Neighborhood of St. Paul, MN:
- 11 colleges and seminaries within a 7 mile radius. This is a strategic location to train up the next generation of Christian leaders.
- 7 miles from both Downtown Minneapolis and Downtown St. Paul.
- Diversified neighborhood with 36 ethnic churches and other immigrant enclaves (i.e. Ethiopians, Hmong, Asian Indians, Somalis, Turkish, Chinese, Lao, Thai, Korean, Hispanic, etc.).
- Religious diversity in the neighborhood also represents the challenge of reaching the non-Christian world religions and cult/occult groups (i.e. 8 witch covens, 4 Muslim mosques, 1 Jewish group, New Age, Buddhist groups, Hindu group, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc.).
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