Cities Church is a community of Christians in Minneapolis and St. Paul committed to worshiping Jesus, loving one another, and seeking the good of the Cities. We are made up of several Community Groups spread throughout the Twin Cities with the straightforward mission to make disciples of Jesus from all nations.
This is our mission because it’s what Jesus himself told his church to do.
After his death and resurrection, having “all authority in heaven and on earth,” Jesus commissioned his people to be on their way and to make him known. He told us to make disciples by “baptizing” and “teaching” — which is to say, to advance his gospel in both distance and depth. We tell of his love, inviting others to meet him as the treasure he is. And we teach of his love, journeying alongside one another to experience the fullness of life in him. Everything at Cities Church is driven by this mission, which builds three essentials of our life together:
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A disciple of Jesus is someone who learns from him to live like him—someone who, because of God’s awakening grace, conforms his or her words and ways to the words and ways of Jesus. Or, you might say, as others have put it in the past, disciples of Jesus are themselves “little Christs” (Acts 26:28; 2 Cor. 1:21).
To follow Jesus means we are worshipers, servants, and missionaries.
It means we worship God — through Jesus, because he is our Mediator (John 14:6), and Jesus himself, because he is God (Matthew 14:33).
It means we are servants — Jesus says, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you” (John 13:14–15).
It means we are missionaries — Jesus says, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). This is to live with a mission, to be filled by his Spirit, and to be sent out to point others to him.
1. We worship Jesus.
Jesus grounds the discipleship mandate in his authority. He is the foundation, center, and goal of the church, and therefore, we worship him.
2. We serve one another.
The command to make the disciples is fulfilled by “teaching.” We want to learn together how to live under Jesus’s lordship in every part of our lives, and therefore, we serve one another.
3. We seek the good of the Cities.
The command to make disciples is fulfilled by “baptizing.” We want to go out and welcome others into the new family of God, and therefore, we seek the good of the Cities. Not only do we orient upward and inward, but also outward in mission in the place God has called us, this larger tract of soil called the Twin Cities, and the smaller plots of our respective neighborhoods and relational networks.