Ethos is the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; dominant assumptions of a people.
WHO WE ARE
CityChurch is distinctly Christian in theology and practice.
CityChurch is holistically missional to reach and serve.
CityChurch is organically connected for fellowship and to grow.
CityChurch is commonly gathered for worship and to learn.
HOW WE LIVE
Listen To God - We are intentional about setting aside time to listen to God so we can learn God’s story.
Be the Church - We are intentional about becom- ing catalysts of spiritual and social change in the community for the common good of all.
Share A Meal - We are intentional about connect- ing with people and when appropriate inviting them to the CityChurch weekend experience.
Tell Your Story - We are intentional about unpack- ing our stories with the help of trusted friends.
Downsize to Maximize - We are intentional about simplify- ing our financial lives in order to be generous supporters of Christ's purposes in the world.
Keep Your Passport Current - We are intentional about connect- ing to the international community and serving those who are under-resourced.
Lean Toward Green - We are intentional about being ethical stewards of God's earth and its resources.
WE LOVE THE CITY
The ancient prophet Isaiah talked constantly about cities and urban realities. In fact, some theologians have called Isaiah “The Prophet of the City.” God caused Isaiah to speak often about cities because God loves people and lots of people live in cities. In 1900 only 8% of people on earth lived in cities. In 2000 50% lived in cities. In just a few years 60% of people on the planet will live in cities. Unfortunately there’s been an anti-city mentality among some Christians as many Christians have left the cities for more comfortable, safer environments. This has left the cities without the Christian influence.
Cities are strategic because art, music, government, media, banking, business and education are in the city. Culture and influence move from the city out to the suburbs and country. This could be why early Christian Missionaries went exclusively to cities. The word pagan literally means man of the country. If you don’t like cities you won’t like Heaven. Listen to John’s description of Heaven in Revelation 21:2 “And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”
According to author Ray Bakke “Mission is no longer just about crossing the oceans, jungles and deserts, but about crossing the streets of the world’s cities. This is why Jesus was so affected by the city. We see Jesus’ heart for the city when he approached his city in Luke 19:41 “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it...” Jesus looked over His city and wept and I’m asking God to intensify our love for our city of San Antonio.
The Apostle Paul was discouraged by much of what he saw in the city of Corinth but God encouraged him in Acts 18:9-11 “One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.” As Christ-Followers we feel strongly that we must not fear but we must be a people characterized by loving and serving our city.