Fresh Plants in the City

Tim Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian are making New York an urban church planting center.

Vincent Salonia is planting a church in Staten Island, New York. He hopes to build a base that will plant several more churches in the years to come. He's not having to do it alone. He's found a New York City church eager to assist in urban church planting. Salonia looks forward to the classes, which involve church planters from Baptist to Pentecostal, as rich times of networking and practical insight.

Redeemer Presbyterian, "one of Manhattan's most vital congregations," according to Christianity Today [12/04], started a Church Planting Center in 2001, and its phone has not stopped ringing since.

"Redeemer is talking Kingdom and doing Kingdom," says Salonia, age 52. "They're sharing resources and whatever they have. It's meant a great deal to help me realize my dream." Redeemer ( is serious about New York becoming known as a place where the gospel transforms believers into servants "until the city rejoices" at the presence of Christians. Many are partnering with Redeemer, ...

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