top of page

AI: How to Start a Gospel Movement in Columbus, OH

Here is what “Ask AI” said in full…

“How do you start a gospel movement in Columbus Ohio?”

“Starting a gospel movement in Columbus, Ohio would require careful planning and execution. Here are some steps that could help:

  1. Build a team of like-minded individuals who share your vision for a gospel movement in Columbus. Seek out people who are passionate about sharing the gospel and reaching out to the community.

  2. Develop a clear strategy for your movement. You may want to consider hosting events, creating a website or social media presence, or partnering with local churches and organizations.

  3. Choose a clear message that you want to share with the community. It could be a message of hope, forgiveness or salvation.

  4. Begin reaching out to the community. Host events that bring people together and allow them to hear your message. Partner with local churches and organizations to spread the word about your movement.

  5. Build relationships with people in the community. Show them that you care about them and are committed to making a positive difference in their lives.

  6. Be persistent and patient. Building a movement takes time, but with dedication and hard work, you can make a difference in Columbus, Ohio.

Remember, building a gospel movement is not about promoting yourself or your own agenda. It is about spreading the love of Christ and bringing hope to those who need it most.”

Now, some of these steps might seem obvious like building like-minded teams, developing a clear strategy, and hosting events in the community (we got loads of this!) but what made my eyes pop was point six and the little “reminder” at the end.

“Be persistent and patient”

If I am honest, there have been many times I have felt like quitting this whole “Church Unity” work because it is so hard. Getting leaders in the same room from different individual vocational callings, ethnic backgrounds, denominational commitments, and theological convictions is one thing, but getting them all to work together…that feels insurmountable.

But we have to be committed to the long game. Building trust, relational capital, and true collaborative friendships among leaders takes persistence and patience. We may not be able to change a city with one big event or that one magical project but it takes persistently showing up, being present with one another, listening to what God is doing to make us more Christlike, and encouraging one another.


The second surprise the bots threw out there was this, “Remember, building a gospel movement is not about promoting yourself or your own agenda. It is about spreading the love of Christ and bringing hope to those who need it most.”

It isn’t about me, you, or our own agendas.

In 2019, we surveyed’s hundreds of Christian leaders in Columbus by asking them, “What do you think keeps us (the City-Church) from working together?” and the number one response came down to one word — “SELF.”

If we want to see a gospel movement in Columbus, Ohio, we have to get out of our own way! Just like the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:2, we must take the humble posture to “know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” We don’t show up promoting ourselves or our own agenda but we promote Jesus Christ. The city needs Jesus more than it needs your agenda.

So, are you ready to join God’s story in central Ohio? Are you ready to see a gospel movement? Let us be persistent, patient, and remember it’s about spreading the love of Jesus Christ.


bottom of page