The Advance Recap
On September 28th-29th, we hosted our second annual The Advance at the historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle. We had over 200 people attend from 26 different cities to advance the Kingdom of God in their neighborhoods and cities. We heard from keynote speakers Eugene Cho, Jeff Vancil, Romanita Hairston-Overstreet and Ray Bakke- who each shared about Kingdom work, discipleship, engaging the city and the Church's role respectively. We also heard from a few cities in how they are engaging these areas of work.
We also had a powerful time with worship and lament on racial and relational brokenness that's engaging our city, nation and world.
Before we left each city shared at least one commitment to advance and engage their city with the work of the Kingdom:
522 Network– sponsor several emergency prep events – encourage communities to reach neighborhoods / map neighborhood
Shoreline – Seek God towards racial reconciliation amongst churches in Shoreline
Capitol Hill – in monthly prayer group, get all “5 groups” at the table
Bellevue / Redmond – pray together for deeper relationship and seek what God is saying. Look at the Body holistically and see needs
Issaquah – start a network! Prayer and relationship between pastors
North Seattle – increase the network. Praying for the neighborhoods (school partnerships), create some kind of definition/network (FB group?)
Puyallup – launch initiative towards church/school partnerships and increase the partnerships
Federal Way – intentional relational connections between pastors (continued weekly prayer). Find 100 school mentors. Shift meetings to accommodate bi-vocational pastors
Seattle U – partner with local church and parachurches to provide resources/space
Downtown – convene more networks and groups (reach out to business, government, etc)
Renton/Kent/Skyway – have play days. Keep communications open. Host “listening lunches”
Rainier Valley – have a meeting! Unpack history of RV and see what happens
West Seattle – invite more churches to the 2 existing networks. Expand church/school partnerships
Burien/Tukwila – quarterly joint prayer meeting between Burien and Tukwila. Community round-table event with churches/police/fire/business
Enumclaw – reach out to the community and seek discernment
We have also posted each of the speaker's presentations on our Light Up the City YouTube channel- which we encourage you to join, as we are constantly adding new videos to encourage, equip and inform our networks.