What’s the event about? 

Shaping the Church in the City
An online conference which will focus on the various aspects of the local church in the context of the city.

Pastors, scholars and church planters from around the world will help conference participants consider how the church can love the city well.  

Dr. Linda Bergquist and Dr. Michael Crane, co-authors of City Shaped Churches: Planting Churches in the Global Era, will be the conference speakers.

Conference participants will receive a free digital copy of City Shaped Churches.
You Will Learn the Importance of:
  • Cities
  • Urban contextualization

  • Having a gospel vision for the city

You Will Also Learn

  • How to love the city well
  • How to pray for the city
  • How churches can partner together to serve the city

We pray that you will leave the conference with a vision for the city, and a desire to be part of the gospel-centered work in the city. 


What is included in the registration?

short talks
Registration closed.

Meet the Speakers

michael crane
Dr Michael Crane loves cities and the church. Michael has lived in Taipei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and San Francisco.

He serves as faculty of two seminaries and is a co-director of Radius Global Cities Network, an urban research think-tank that assists the church in seeking the welfare of the city. 

He serves as a board member for Gospel City Network and is involved in training and equipping church planters through City to City. Michael has contributed to a number of books and articles on topics related to the city.
Linda Bergquist has been involved in church planting for over 40 years among over 20 different ethnolinguistic groups, mostly inn urban areas. She is currently a church planting catalyst with the North American Mission Board and has served as an adjunct professor in several seminaries. She co-authored the books Church Turned Inside Out, The Wholehearted Church Planter, and City Shaped Churches, as well as two e-books and numerous articles.
name withheld
Our guest trainer was born and raised in the United States in a devout Hindu home and came to Christ through the Fellowship Christian Athletes. He ismarried to his college sweetheart and they have two kids. After planting two churches with the PCA, he worked with Redeemer City to City to help local leaders around the world to plant churches in Urban environments. During his tenure with CTC, he was instrumental in initiating a gospel-centered church planting movement in India and developing a new training paradigm that is presently being used all over Asia and Africa. His passion is for leaders to experience the power of the gospel and apply it to all aspects of their lives. Recently, he has started a new organization to empower indigenous leaders to multiply disciples & churches in closed countries in the “10/40 Window” and for obvious reasons we are keeping the names confidential. 
pete nicholas
Pete Nicholas is an ordained minister and pastor of Inspire which meets at Saint James Clerkenwell. He speaks at churches and universities around the UK and has authored A Place For God: Navigating timeless questions for our modern times, Virtually Human: Flourishing in our digital age and Five things to Pray for our City. He currently helps lead the London Project, a Redeemer City to City church planting network and is a regular blog contributor to Evangelicals Now.
Andrew is the Dean of St Mary's Cathedral in Kuala Lumpur and has been serving at the church since 2003.

He is also involved with Equip Gospel Ministries and KVBC Trust. 

He is married to Judi and they have 2 daughters. 


*Subject to change.
January 21st, 2022 | Friday | 8 pm - 10 pm GMT+8
  • 8:00 pm | Welcome and Worship
  • 8:15 pm | Loving the City Well 
  • 8:35 pm | A City-Centered Church
  • 8:55 pm | Why Collaborate in the City
  • 9:15 pm | Praying for the City
  • 9:35 pm | Q&A
January 22nd, 2022 | saturday | 10 am - 1 pm GMT+8
  • 10:00 am | Welcome and Worship
  • 10:15 am | Diversity of Church in the City
  • 10:50 am | Gathering in the City
  • 11:30 am | Authentic Community in the City
  • 12:30 pm | Q&A
January 22nd, 2022 | saturday | 2 pm - 3 PM
*For Church Planters, Pastors, Elders and aspiring Church Leaders.
  • 2:00 pm | Forum: Pastoring Urban People: Challenges and Opportunities

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“City Shaped Churches is an absolutely fascinating panoramic view of the world of church planting in diverse settings. A critical guidebook for both scholars & practitioners!

Zarat Y. Boyd, PhD, co-founder, Vertical Church Atlanta and president, Vertical City, Inc.
“Finally. A comprehensive study on all the ways that the city shapes church planting, and how church planting needs to be approached differently in light of the city context. Highly informative, yet practical, Linda and Michael have found an optimal balance between information and practice.”

Daniel Im, author of No Silver Bullets and Planting Missional Churches, Director of Church Multiplication
at NewChurches.com, and teaching pastor

“City Shaped Churches is written with God’s passion for cities. Reading it made me see again the importance of cities in God’s redemptive plan and the urgency for church-planting in the ever-growing cities of our world. The book is very well-researched and it is theologically so convincing and convicting, you come away seeing your city through new biblical lenses. The practical insights the book provides for potential and current church- planters are invaluable. It is a great manual for training and equipping.”

Guna Raman, CEO of City to City Asia Pacific and Senior Pastor of Agape Baptist Church, Singapore

Frequently asked questions

Are the sessions live?

Yes. The short talks will be live.

What is included in the registration?

Registrants will get access to the live conference, one e-book and three months Greenhouse Premium Membership free trial.

Will the recordings be made available after the conference?

We may at some point release some of the conference content on Greenhouse. However, the dates are yet to be determined.

What platform will this conference be on?

This conference will be hosted on Zoom.

Do I need a Zoom account for this conference?

No. You do not need to have one to join the conference.

Are refunds possible?

All tickets are non-refundable.

How much should I pay if I am watching it with my family on one device?

Each registration is intended for one attendee. If you would like to watch it with your family members, you could make a free-will donation here

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