John 1:14 says, “The Word [Jesus] became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Or, as The Message paraphrases it, “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.”

MoveIn is about copying Jesus’ example (Phil. 2:5-7) by literally moving in to the neighbourhood.

Something amazing happens when a group of Christians intentionally moves into a neighbourhood to pray (Acts 1:14) and be. In doing so, they have chosen to become part of the neighbourhood. Rather than visiting or serving and then going away, they share in their neighbourhood’s joys (Rom. 12:15), and in its troubles (Rom. 8:17); they are there as salt (Matt. 5:13) and light (Matt 5:14). These Christians can act as the hands and feet of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27; Matt. 25:35-40) - with a cup of cold water in one hand (Mark 9:41) and the good news (Isa. 52:7) in the other.

We are encouraging all young Christians to ask themselves to move where they move on purpose and to challenge their default motivations. It seems to have become the norm for Christians to move into a neighbourhood not because of the need or because of a calling to reach it, but because it is convenient and comfortable. Furthermore, neighbourhoods that are inconvenient or unsafe are avoided.

It is time for Christians to move into neighbourhoods because they are not safe - to move into neighbourhoods that are messy and have high crime rates, high poverty rates, low standards of living, and a disproportionate representation of Christ. 

“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.” Paul, Romans 15:20

We are moving in because Christ did it first (Eph. 5:1). We are praying for big things because we serve a big God (Psalm 8). We are confident that He will go before us (Isa. 45:2), that He will never leave us (Heb. 13:5-6), and that He will be with us right to the end (Matt 28:20). Through prayer and action, we pray that those we live among will experience Christ’s love themselves in a life-changing, life-giving and totally contagious kind of way (John 10:10) - for God’s glory.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

Vision

To see thousands of regular Christians prayerfully moving in among the unreached, urban poor globally.

Mission

To see the Church present and making reproducing disciples in more unreached, urban poor communities globally.

MoveIn Distinctives

Prayer

Prayer is our primary commitment. Each team prays together weekly.

Presence

We move right into the patch and are present in the lives of our neighbours. We desire more of God’s presence amongst us and in our communities.

The unreached, urban poor

We only move into high-density city “patches” among people who are poor and have never heard the Gospel. 

Teams of regular people

We are regular people, not professional ministers. We have jobs or are students. We are accountable to regular Churches and move in as teams made up of two or more individuals, couples or families.

Making reproducing disciples

We make reproducing disciples. When neighbours come to Christ, we integrate them into existing local Churches or disciple them in patch-based Church plants to reach and disciple others.

Core Values

Christ Himself

It’s all about Christ (Colossians 1:15-20), who is triune (2 Corinthians 13:14) with the Father (Romans 11:36) and Spirit (John 15-17).


Brokenness

We desire to be poor in spirit (Matt. 5:3). Many of our values flow from this desire for brokenness: desperate dependence on God, teachability, flexibility, vulnerability, and humility. We ask: How can we love our neighbour as ourselves? (Mark 12:30-31) 


Tentmaking

All Christians have a role in God’s great plan (Matt. 28). Some are called to rely on the wider Body of Christ for their material needs; most are called to work for income. Our focus is to empower this majority whose work--like the apostle Paul’s tentmaking--is part of their calling (Acts 20:33-35).


Relationships

We are relationship-oriented, not emphasizing programs. We guard our time for relationships with individuals and families (John 4). We believe that communities are transformed relationally (Acts 2:47).


Teaching & Obeying God’s Word

God speaks to us and to those who do not yet know him through his Word (Heb. 4:12). The Bible is our authority and primary tool for discipleship (2 Tim. 3:16-17)


The Wider Body of Christ

We need the wider Body of Christ. We are part of countless churches and are indebted to them; we depend on partnership; we seek out mentors. (1 Cor. 12:12-30)

Quotes for MoveIn

I believe so much in what you are doing.
— Francis Chan, Author, Crazy Love, September 29, 2018
I believe this is cutting edge and strategic. I hope you will get involved in what is happening.
— George Verwer, Founder of Operation Mobilization
The fingerprints of God are all over this.

I am becoming more and more convinced that this approach is the future of how God is going to reach people in the unreached areas of our cities. It ... will be costly in many terms for people participating.
— Charles Price, Senior Pastor, The Peoples Church
MoveIn is a wonderful way to be a good listener, which is indispensable to evangelism.
— Ravi Zacharias, January 15, 2012
We’re so thankful for MoveIn, that is covering issues and situations that others aren’t doing. It is such an exciting thing to not do hit-and-run evangelism, but to live right with the community and share their lives.
— Greg Livingstone, Founder, Frontiers, December 30, 2015
Jesus became a human being, and he did that in order to come and live among us who were simple; and it was the poor and the needy he went to first. But it means for us, we have to become incarnate. That is, we must go among the neediest people of all. And there, when you take up residence among them, you have an opportunity to do things for transforming that community and those people not only spiritually, but it will change their lives economically, socially, and educationally, and all the things that follow. YOU can make a difference in the world.
— Loren Cunningham, Founder, YWAM, June 12, 2017
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood.” That’s how Eugene Peterson translates John 1:14 in The Message. That double reality of the incarnation (flesh and blood; moved in) inspires the vision and practice of MoveIn. Real people in real neighbourhoods, living and working among those whom the world pushes to the edges and the bottom. Very like Jesus. This seems to me to have the authentic marks of the salt and light and mustard seeds of the kingdom of God. Good news indeed.
— Chris Wright, International Ministries Director, Langham Partnership
It is brilliant what God is doing through MoveIn. This concept of downsizing and moving right into some of the more unreached communities among us and, through prayer and action, to reach them for Christ - all in the context of the needs of the whole world - I praise God that this is happening, and I would challenge you to consider doing this yourself.
— K.P. Yohannan, Founder, Gospel for Asia, May 4, 2009