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What are City Villages?

City Villages (CV) is our strategy or pathway of discipleship. They are house churches that get as large as about 20 people who commit to live the mission and values of The Good Neighbor Movement. They meet in homes, coffee shops, pubs, restaurants, outdoors, and other community spaces. We believe it takes a village to raise disciples. City Villages create the conditions for deeper authenticity and faithfulness in the midst of the fragmentation and consumerism of our current political, religious, and social context. Our strategy is a mashup of a monastery, intentional community, neighborhood association, political action committee, and Black family reunion. The inspiration for this discipleship pathway comes from the faithful witness of the African hush harbors of the antebellum period and the Central American base ecclesial communities of the mid-20th century, faith-rooted small groups in border spaces characterized by radical formation, friendship, and fierce revolution.

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Do you desire to be part of a community to support you in deepening your spirituality and engagement within your neighborhood?

We have one city village in the College Hill neighborhood and one in the Ole Asheboro neighborhood. The Greater College Hill City Village is an eclectic, professional, diverse group of folks whose community engagement focuses on building hospitable spaces for queer and trans people of color. They meet at local coffee shops, pubs, and other community spaces in the neighborhood! Ole Asheboro is a historic black neighborhood known for its commitment to social justice and community development. Ole Asheboro is comprised of working class, black, white, Latinx, and Asian folks. The Ole Asheboro City Village is comprised of ethnically diverse singles and families with children. Their community engagement currently focuses on a community garden, healing prayer walks, neighborhood cookouts, youth events, and issue/advocacy campaigns that affect neighbors. Contact us here to learn more about our current city villages or the possibility of launching a new city village in the neighborhood where you desire to be rooted.

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