about

the vision

UNITING THE CHURCH OF COLUMBUS

TO BE FOR THE CITY OF COLUMBUS

Our mission is to accelerate Christian connection, collaboration, and catalytic ministry for personal, Church, and city renewal.

 

We are cultivating a “gospel movement” in our city. The driving passion is to experience a more unified church that follows in the way of Jesus to cultivate a flourishing city.

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the strategy

We accelerate Christian connection, collaboration, and catalytic ministry for personal, Church, and city renewal with these three strategies: 

Lead For Columbus – we gather, launch, guide and equip Christian leaders through citywide events and pastoral, cause and vocational networks

Pray For Columbus we mobilize unified, citywide prayer and worship

 

Celebrate For Columbus - we celebrate stories and strategies highlighting collaborative and innovative gospel work across networks and neighborhoods

the connection

In 2014 over a dozen Columbus pastors from various denominations, networks, and backgrounds took a retreat and mapped out a simple theological vision for WHY we feel burdened to work together for our city. After many edits and hundreds of conversations, we have Columbus’ “Spirit of Agreement” that we hope will serve to draw Christ’s Church throughout the City together.

SPIRIT OF AGREEMENT

In partnership with For Columbus, we are a Gospel community that is a visibly united and sustainable outworking of the Holy Spirit. As unique congregational ministries, specialty ministries, and marketplace ministries, we commit to the transformation of our city by sharing and proclaiming Jesus Christ, pursuing justice and reconciliation, presenting a faithful public witness, demonstrating biblical generosity, and building authentic relationships across all cultural boundaries.

We affirm a Gospel community that is rooted in the whole counsel of God, consistent with the Gospel foundation of the first disciples and other historical city-wide Christian expressions, which is:

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CHRIST-CENTERED

We proclaim the life, death, resurrection, and return of the Lord Jesus Christ by faithfully living out the Gospel in word and in deed.

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CHURCH-DRIVEN

We mobilize congregations and communities of believers to carry out the Great Commission as the people of God gathered and deployed in the city.

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DISCIPLE-LED

We encourage Christ-followers in all spheres of relationship, ministry, and influence with vision, passion, and resources.

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CITY-REACHING

We collaborate with Christian leaders and city influencers to discern the city’s needs and work from a posture of humility to demonstrate Christ’s redemptive power.

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KINGDOM-REALIZING

We serve to unify the various domains of culture and networks under the Kingship of Jesus Christ in order to experience the flourishing peace for all in Columbus.

"…Jesus is Lord and Christ” -Acts 2:14-41

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the story

“For Columbus” is not a new idea, but it is God’s idea. In Jeremiah 29:7 God calls His people to “seek the peace of the city,” and many years later, Jesus prays in John 17:21 that we would experience the unity that he himself embodied as one with the Father. 

 

Organizationally, For Columbus is the result of four unique ministries coming together as one– Mission Columbus (est in 2000), For Columbus (est. in 2011), Catalyst for Columbus (est in 2014), and Pray for Columbus (est in 2014). We all saw strength in unity, effectiveness in collective impact, and Spiritual power in moving together as a unified city movement. 

 

Today, the For Columbus leaders and staff serves to connect the Church, collaborate for Kingdom impact, and catalyze innovated and unified mission across the city. Want to be a part of this story?

the team

Because this is a city-wide movement, it requires deep leaders from diverse backgrounds.

STAFF TEAM

NICK NYE

Executive Director

URSULA KEMP

Director, Pray for Columbus

JEAN-PAUL TIENDREBEOGO

Network Director

CHRIS KELLEY

Senior Advisor

ASHLEY CHICKERELLA

Administrative Director

GERALD MURPHY

Network Director

KEVIN DUDLEY

Senior Advisor

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SCOTT MALLORY

Highland Real Estate

BISHOP LAFAYETTE SCALES

Rhema Christian Center

CHRIS WATKINS

COhatch 

DON WELLS

Wells CPA

DAVE DURELL

George Edward Durell Foundation

DR. WAYNE GORDON

Fairfield Medical Center

DWIGHT MONTGOMERY

National Christian Foundation of Ohio

JESSICA GATTON

Alpha USA