Come Closer: Loving the City of Spartanburg to Life

Posted: July 19, 2012 in Missional


This summer has been a busy season of ministry and summer activities at my church and for my family.  A summer of serving the Savior has continued this week as our church is one of few partnering to love the city of Spartanburg to Life through the mission of Come Closer.  If you have any nights free July 19-21, please join us at 6:30 pm for evening Community Worship gatherings at Oak Grove Baptist Church, located at 350 North Blackstock Road, Spartanburg.

Come Closer is a city transformation movement that unites believing Christians for the purpose of loving the city of Spartanburg to life in Christ. The desire is to see four things occur as the body of Christ joins together to meet the needs of hurting people in Spartanburg.

  1.  An increase in the percentage of Christians living life on mission.
  2. An increase in the percentage of Christ-followers in our city.
  3. An increase in caring for the needs of the poor among us.
  4. An increase in Kingdom influence in all spheres of our city.

The focus and prayer of Come Closer is that it will be a movement and  not just a bunch of one and done mission projects. But does have a focused week of impact happening right now (July 18-21). This is where volunteers from participating churches serve on mission in the heart of our city during the part of the day or days available and then gather together each evening for worship, inspiration, celebration, and experienced teaching on how to live life on mission. * The week will end with an invitation for those who have come closer to stay closer and work together to make disciples among hurting people in our city. God is already ready doing incredible things and I encourage you to keep up with it through the Come Closer facebook page . For more information how you or your church can be involved email:

I am so excited about what God is doing through kingdom partnerships in our city and it has fanned my flame for living missionallly. Growing up outside a major city and seeing huge mega cities through international mission endeavors the Lord has always stirred in me a passion to share and spread His love in the cities.  While able to do that in a church setting in downtown Louisville and minister to Muslim refugees through NAMB I have not been as engaged since pastoring.  I was able to  share an introduction of God’s heart for the cities with our church through Nehemiah and I am grateful we were able to participate in church planting in Atlanta earlier this summer. But as we have become involved in Come Closer city movement the Lord is doing incredible things in our city of Spartanburg!  Will you join us in praying that the Spirit moves mightily here in Spartanburg?

Will you participate? There are still three days of ministry left so if you get join us for the ministry projects or join us for worship at Oak Grove . Urban ministry isn’t always at the top of churches’ ministry priorities, will you help cast a Biblical vision for it?

Come Closer and love your city to life!

  1. […] through Come Closer. As we gathered and were scattered across the city of Spartanburg for a week of focused ministry impact and worship during July we had the privilege to be a part of some incredible ministry. We are excited that this is growing […]

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