Tom White conducted a city transformation day in Ottawa on March 8th as a guest of Mission O. These are my notes from the day which included lots of interaction, conversation and testimony of what is happening in Ottawa, Toronto and Kingston, Ontario under his coaching expertise.
Transformation...George Otis quote.
“There is, and will likely continue to be, gross spiritual darkness in the word. Our goal is not to make a new heaven and a new earth, but rather to create salty spots on the earth that stimulate a thirst for God. Like many salty appetizers, theses temporal transformations point the way to a larger, more satisfying meal to come.”
International Fellowship of Transformational Partners Definitions and Values
Foundational Scriptures: Psalm 133; John 17; Ps. 127
God leads. We follow.
Relationship with Him and with each other.
North India - Siliguri.
- a place where Tom is coaching.
- a story waiting to be told.
- prayer summits together.
- leaders decided to pray every Saturday morning 1 Timothy 2 prayers.
- last four years of prayer.
- a different city now. Political, economic, response to gospel Bengalis, Bihars.
- increase of government officials that are Christian.
- education of children.
- sex workers being ministered to.
Seven Mountains - whatever we call it.
How do we penetrate all aspects of society? Life is in city movements.
1) Transition from congregations, organizations, denominations and theological positions. Often we are too small in our view of what God is doing.
2) New Wineskins that are seeking to embrace all God desires to do in cities and nations.
International movement focused on prayer and preparation of the next generation is called 4/14.
Favour Factors - God is waiting to bless...
1) Submission to His Sovereignty Ps. 127:1-2; Eph 3:14-21.
2) Intentional Unity Ps 133; Eph 4:1-3.
3) Humility Ps 131; Eph 4:1.
4) A Worshipping Community Ps 132; Eph 5:18-20.
What is our objective?
Tom’s “Elevator Speech”
A City Transformation...
“To mobilize a united, praying Body of Christ to leverage a sustained kingdom influence that touches all spheres of local culture and results in measurable societal impact.”
“A chosen people, a royal priesthood, a people belonging to God (1 Peter 2:9) walking and working together to...
- proclaim the gospel ( good news )
- demonstrate Jesus’ compassion ( good deeds )
Bringing shalom to our city - a call to fullness, completeness.
Jesus wept over His city...do we?
How do we work together for the better of our city?
We carry the story of God’s kingdom to our city. Not a perfect place. Not a dominion. We will not Christianize our communities. But creating salty places.
Synergy is vital.
#1 Priority for followers of Jesus must be names in the Book of Life. More than compassion ministry of misplaced liberalism.
Where have I grown the most in serving my city?
Understanding the necessity of intentional leadership. It takes a city to change a culture. It takes catalytic leaders (apostolic leaders) to spark a movement.
It takes a movement among God’s people to change a city.
NYC - Leadership Institute to develop leaders who will act as apostolic leaders.
A Core Question
How does a city-reaching movement strengthen relationships and partnerships between its diversity of kingdom assets (pastors, non-profits, intercessors, marketplace, compassion ministries, emerging leaders) to labour together towards a sustained release of kingdom leaven that results in societal transformation?
Philippians 2 should be our manifesto to prefer one another and build relationships.
How do we, as kingdom leaders, lay aside our own labels for the greater good of our city?
Christian Direction with Glenn Smith as a resource person in Montreal.
Being able to measure the change in Ottawa - a quickening or acceleration.
Emerging Paradigm of Kingdom Transformation
Otis - Presence
Silvoso - Prayer
Graham, Palau, Mission America Coalition - Evangelism, Love Our Neighbourhoods, Follow the Jesus lifestyle
Perkins - Marketplace & Social Justice Church Partnerships
NYC - Gospel Movements
City Transformation Streams
We are clearly in a season where a holistic kingdom paradigm of transformational change is emerging. This development involves...a synergy of transformational streams informed by Scripture, guided by the Holy Spirit and implemented in cities by men and women of faith and perseverance.
What is required for the gospel to penetrate a community?
Definitions are important.
Articulation must be done properly.
Theological Vision - a compelling, broadly shared vision that articulates the mission fo the Body of Christ to reach the city.
Gospel Ecosystems - a self-propagating cadre of leaders, institutions and networks collaborating on kingdom advance.
Revival - the supernatural, sovereign working of the Holy Spirit to awaken the Church and redeem the lost.
A Threefold Mission
To increase the percentage of Jesus followers in the city.
1 Peter 2:4-12.
To incarnate biblical justice by caring for the needs of the poor, marginalized and exploited. Is 58; Mt. 25:44-46.
To release the leaven of kingdom influence into all spheres of societal activity, resulting in measurable transformation of both individuals and institutions. Jer. 29:7.
A servant-leadership model that includes the following:
- Executive Team Members
- Partnering Ministries
- Collaborative Partnerships
Leadership Prayer Groups
Women in Ministry
Arts & Media
Sports / Recreation
Who are the influencers in our city?
Kingston Ontario Model
A model of leadership representative of the city.
Every city has it’s own DNA.
They asked the queston..what does God want for our city?
4 Pastors and 1 Marketplace.
Restructured it and now it is 14 leaders of all ages.
On ramps and off ramps. Leaders can come and go. Times and seasons. Function and fluid.
No committee mindset.
Defining. Aligning. Assigning.
Gather weekly to pray as city leaders.
Love & Respect example from Ottawa’s experience.
Tom’s Final Thoughts
Eric Whiteacre talk at TED on You Tube - the value of each person's calling and gifting working together.
Ottawa - A Capital City.
Geography matters. Regions. Towns. Cities.
Partnerships between cities is helpful. Ottawa-Kingston.
When God moves, it is uncontainable.
Early majority. Like early adopters.
Willow’s study called The Reveal.
Multi-generational. 4/14 example.