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
To see thousands of regular Christians prayerfully moving in among the unreached, urban poor globally.
To see the Church present and making reproducing disciples in more unreached, urban poor communities globally.
Prayer is our primary commitment. Each team prays together weekly.
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.
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).
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)
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).
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)