“We believe that the single best thing we can do for the poor is to plant the right kind of churches in their midst.”- Randy Nabors
Who We Are
The Network developed out of congregations and ministries predominately in the Presbyterian Church in America, but now includes some non-PCA works as well. The PCA has a home mission agency called Mission to North America (MNA) which focuses primarily on church planting. A growing list of ethnic and special focus ministries led MNA to create a division of ministry called Urban & Mercy Ministries, which Randy Nabors has helped to develop and lead for the past twenty years. The New City Network was formed In 2010, at a leadership conference of urban leaders. Randy and Joan Nabors began to work full time for MNA and to build the Network in September 2012.
The leadership of the Network was chosen at the first leadership conference. Those attending the leadership conference, held every other year, elect the board, which provides a team of seasoned urban leaders who will help determine the distribution of grant money to new church plants, develop leaders, and pursue other targeted goals of the Network.
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to plant, grow, and encourage urban churches that pursue the poor.
Our vision is to develop a coalition of churches committed to these common goals so that we might encourage, learn from, and support each other as God gives us resources to do so.
Originally the Network wanted to see ten new church plants and raise money to help them. In the first year of the Network enough churches and affiliated ministries joined so that we now have at least thirty- five church plants. All of these ministries began with their own resources, whether from local networks and church support, or the fund raising of the church planter. The Network knows that many of these works will need at least ten years of outside support before they can become self-supporting. It is our goal to raise funds to help these churches make it through those ten years.
Randy and Joan Nabors
Randy Nabors, Senior Staff with Mission to North America as their Coordinator of Urban & Mercy Ministries also coordinates the work of the Network. Joan Nabors, who as his side-kick, fellow fighter of crime and injustice, serves as his credibility and is also his wife and the webmaster of this site.
Robert Blevins is the Administrative Assistant for the network and handles plans, arrangements, and follow-up of site visits
If you are interested in joining the Network, either as an individual pastor or church planter, as a congregation, or as an non-profit ministry please feel encouraged to contact us and let us know about your ministry.
Membership is as simple as saying you want to be a member, and that you identify with what we are about, and that you agree with our principles. We are not a credentialing organization, that is the place of Presbyteries and Denominations. We are a church planting movement and seek to encourage, equip, and network potential church planters and church planting sites so that they might have the resources and training they need to succeed. We encourage each of our members to be involved with a geographic network for local support.
We ask that each member organization “put some skin in the game.” This means that the Network does need your financial support but we leave it to each member to decide how much you can give and on what schedule.
If you are interested in becoming a member it would be wise to set up a site visit by our Coordinator or someone from the Leadership Team. Visitation is one of the key ministries of the Network to members as it gives us a chance to “talk shop,” compare notes concerning strategy and ministry techniques, and sometimes do problem solving and trouble shooting together.
Network members are expected to “network” which means receiving visits, visiting other members, and coming to some or all of the Network sponsored or recommended conferences as you are able. Please send us your email address so we can put you on the email newsletter list, you can do all of this on the Contact page.