The Nations are coming to our cities. One hundred
years ago, 5 percent of Americans lived in cities; now more than 80 percent of
Americans are urban dwellers. 3.3 billion of the 6 billion people on
earth live in cities. Cities are the new door through which the world becomes
either a place of peace and prosperity, or a place of violence and
scarcity. Despite their impediments and deficiencies, urban cities are
still the primary vestibule of promise and potential to become “beloved communities”,
as described by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Within one city you will find a
global representation of ethnic diversity, language, travel and trade.
This is enhanced by a strong, growing movement among people of good will and
good faith joining forces to take seriously Christ’s call to the city.
The call is clear: To heal broken lives and hearts so that healthy people are
living in healthy places.
It is our intention to join
other Leadership Foundations across the world in transforming our cities into
places of shalom. This will fulfill Zechariah's vision where, "Men and
women of ripe old age will sit in the streets...with cane in hand...cities will
be filled with boys and girls playing there." (Zechariah 8:4-5).
Leaders and organizations in the Leadership Foundation network are committed to
a set of shared values that are rooted in Jesus Christ's kingdom mandate to
serve and renew.
We value the city. We are committed to both people and place. We seek the
physical, social and spiritual renewal of both. Our cities can be places of
relationship, opportunity and grace for all.
We value the vulnerable. We seek
God's unrelenting concern for the poor, widowed, migrant, sick, prisoner,
homeless and oppressed. We work in partnership to build opportunities and a better life for those who live in the margins.
We value leadership. A city's
diverse leadership needs to be engaged. We value a Biblical view of leadership
that seeks the welfare of others, uses everyone's gifts, heals divisions and
accomplishes the task.
We value the church. The whole
church in a city has tremendous resources to bring. We unite the church to
connect its resources with those of other sectors to renew our cities.
We value empowerment. Our work
should not patronize, but free and empower.
We value reconciliation. The work
requires listening, respect, not pointing fingers and united work for the
welfare of the city.
We value risk. Creativity,
innovation and courage will be required.
For more information about the leadership foundation movement visit their website at www.leadershipfoundations.org