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Where Are All the Women City Leaders?

The way the Christian city-renewal movement is being narrated, one would assume all the leaders driving the movement are megachurch pastors.

"What can we do together that we can't do on our own?"

The question silenced a room full of local church leaders at an organizational meeting for a city-reaching network. It was a jolt to the thinking of those who understood themselves as representatives of their individual congregations instead of a city-wide, big-C church, with many expressions and in many locations.

But they had me at the word together.

That word led to my own involvement in a local city-reaching network several years ago. It's been a delight to see churches that had once labored side-by-side like disconnected silos begin to interact with one another in meaningful community service, prayer, fellowship, and learning. The big-C church in my area has a way to go in terms of fully responding to the prayer Jesus prayed for his followers, but there have been some encouraging first steps over the past few years.

Eric Swanson and Sam Williams have served and/or coached other leaders in city-reaching church networking movements ...

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