Urban Islands Project will facilitate the planting of a cohort of churches at the same time
in the same city.
This is the main pillar of the whole Urban Islands concept. At any given time in any given city, numerous church starting agencies are in the process of starting new faith communities in urban neighborhoods. Urban Islands Project serves all of them by facilitating the formation a cohort of multiple starters (perhaps 10) to start multiple churches simultaneously on different "islands" in the same city at the same time. We deliberately use the word cohort, because each church on each island will be a unique church with a style and ministry approach that is appropriate for that island. These are not one church in ten locations. They will be 10 churches planted cohort style. Each church retains the doctrinal and style distinctives of its sending organization. But the 10 church starters will go through a similar experience in close geographic proximity to each other. This approach has numerous benefits for the church starters and their sending organizations.
- Instead of starting up in isolation from each other, the starters are relationally connected before their churches begin holding services.
- The cohort approach allows of the organic formation of a real time peer learning environment.
- In general, younger leaders desire to be loyal team players within the church organization they affiliate with, but they also highly value connectivity to the larger Body of Christ.
- The cohort provides a tangible place for that connectivity to be experienced. The cohort allow for church starters to leverage scale and lower costs- for example- everyone will likely need a sound system. It may be more cost effective to buy 10 in bulk than 10 one at a time.