Still being sent!
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17)
“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18)
These two verses capture the posture of Citizens Church in San Francisco. We, along with all Christians, have been sent into the world, not with a message of condemnation but with a message of salvation. "The Kingdom is here. The Christ has come. Jesus died for you, and is now alive. Repent and believe."
Four years ago, Citizens began when five people hosted a dozen neighbors for a barbecue. Some lived in the house next door. Others lived in the woods down the street. A few already believed in Jesus, but most did not.
Over the coming years, everyone in attendance at that first cookout would hear the gospel many times. They would learn that we love them because God loves them. A few would believe. (And some will yet believe!)
Today, Citizens Church looks much the same, only bigger. Instead of five hosting dozens, Citizens includes a core of forty members showing hospitality and sharing the gospel with hundreds.
All of our gatherings—from Sunday worship to birthday parties—still include people who live inside and people who live outside. There are some who love Jesus deeply, some for whom faith has dwindled to a flicker, and a few who’ve never believed but are curiously drawn. They don’t yet believe the gospel. (But, Lord willing, they will!).
Over the years, Citizens has matured, too. (Praise God!) We now have two pastors, two part-time staff leaders, and five deacons. In addition to Sundays, we have multiple missional families and DNA groups. Members of Citizens have also established formal ministries for reaching and discipling the homeless, strippers, and artists.
Through mentoring and encouragement from the Soma Family of Churches and the Sojourn Network, we have focused our vision and honed our distinctives. After walking for a couple years with people on the margins on our own, we have learned how much we need both practical learning, institutional help and the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit.
No place feels homier to us than San Francisco, but we have not arrived. There is work to be done everywhere! God is still sending us deeper into San Francisco. He continues to open doors into the heart of this city.
San Francisco is ripe for more Kingdom-investment. We're not going to stop saying yes to God, but we need your help. In order for Citizens to further deepen and expand our ministry, we need more financial partners. Read below to hear more stories of what God is doing through Citizens, upcoming challenges, and how you can help us do more.