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3rd Roundtable on Collaborating for City Transformation

City Gate Forum


True City

a Canadian example of effective congregational partnerships

Co-sponsored by

Basel Hakka Lutheran Church, City Gate Leadership Forum, Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, First Baptist Church (Vancouver), Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, Missions Fest, Urban Coalition, Vancouver Eastside Vineyard Church, West Coast Christian Fellowship

Friday, April 23rd9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Tenth Avenue Church, 11 West 10th Ave, Vancouver


Dave Witt, Team Leader, True City

Andrew Zantingh, Pastor, First Christian Reformed Church of Hamilton

Q & A and Discussion

moderated by Jonathan Bird, City Gate Leadership Forum

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At our last Roundtable we focused on how to foster collaboration within the Christian community as a whole. This time we’re looking specifically at how congregations can partner deeply and well.
True City ( is a growing group of churches in the Hamilton area which began working together in 2004 for the good of their City. They are churches committed to
• authentic involvement in their own neighbourhoods and in the City as a whole
• real cooperation with other churches on specific projects which express their shared calling to be a blessing to Hamilton.


• What led these churches to covenant together “for the shalom of the city”
• What enables missional unity in the midst of denominational diversity
• How focus teams drawn from different churches are creating resources and opportunities for specific areas of ministry, from church planting to the arts to refugees
• How True City churches are beginning to engage the nonprofit, business, and government sectors in Hamilton
• How congregations have been blessed as they bless their neighbours and each other

City Gate Leadership Forum

Jonathan Bird, Executive Director, City Gate Leadership Forum

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