The Christian gospel requires the thoughtful engagement of faith with the world around us. Existing models of the church engaging culture, however, do not stand on strong biblical or sociological grounds. For the good of the world that we are called to love, steward and engage the church must embrace a new paradigm.
This paradigm, summed up as faithful presence embraces a full and coherent picture of the church and its calling. It encompasses an understanding of the faithfulness of all Christians and the institution of the church, and the implications of our physical, spiritual, intellectual and vocational presence in every sphere of culture.
The New City Commons exists to find, create and resource networks of individuals and institutions that will help build out this new paradigm.