Christ For the City International has been shaped by the Biblical mandate to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Since 1995, CFCI has been an innovative leader in modern mission circles and has become a respected urban ministry and mission agency.
The Vision: No place without a witness, no church without a vision, no person without hope.
The Mission: Helping people transform cities by transforming lives.
THE NEED – FOCUS ON CITIES
Unprecedented urban migration produced increased poverty and urban dislocation worldwide. It was predicted that by 2000, 80% of the world’s population would live in “mega cities” with 46% of them living in abject poverty. This became a reality.
The widening gap between rich and poor will provide momentum to two trends: 1) increasing low level conflict and 2) increasing movement and illegal immigration. As discouraging as the consequences of this growing gap may be, it will result in an increasing demand for organizations – like Christ For the City International – whose mission it is to work to close or bridge this gap.
In November of 1995, Paul Landrey responded to the call to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Christ For the City International. What had begun as an urban ministry program in Latin America in 1983 was now reaching into 6 countries of Central and South America, Spain and the USA and had a staff of 75 missionaries, 50% of whom were Latin. In July of 2000, Dr. Duane “Chip” Anderson assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of CFCI. Dr. Anderson had served with CFCI for the past 18 years. He and his family moved to Omaha from San Jose’, Costa Rica, where he served as Executive Vice President and Costa Rica Country Director. Under the leadership of these men, CFCI embarked on its new focus to develop a ministry that would revolve around the least evangelized cities of the world.
CFCI INTERNATIONAL OFFICE MOVES TO OMAHA, NEBRASKA
In March of 1997, the CFCI International office relocated from Miami, Florida to Omaha, Nebraska. From this location, an administrative staff began the process of providing oversight and direction for the overall work of the ministry in fulfillment of the vision and goals of CFCI in the areas of social services and urban evangelization. Morton G. Cain joined the staff in 1997 as Vice President for Advancement.
STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS FOR CHRIST FOR THE CITY
In a world hungry for spiritual answers that work, Christian identity, who we are and what we do, is our single most important distinctive. The spiritual dimension of this ministry is what separates it from other international organizations. The good news that people and communities can be rightly related to God—and to each other—and impact their cities with the Gospel, is the most excellent news that the Christian has. CFCI strategies and methodologies revolve around and reflect this belief.