I recently retired as the minister of The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown (FPCG), a diverse urban congregation in northwest Philadelphia. It was the end of a nearly 15 year relationship, but also a new season for that church and for me.
Now after 15 years of strengthening ministries and inspiring urban church leaders the Center for Urban Ministry (CFUM) and the Rev. Dr. Doug Bailey are facing new seasons.
Although CFUM will no longer formally exist, its new season will be in the capable hands of those of you who have benefited from its ministry over the years. You are being asked to continue the legacy! To assist you in this effort CFUM is offering you seed money grants for an urban ministry in your community.
During my ministry at FPCG I had the privilege of attending three City of God for American Cities conferences in Washington DC. I learned so very much and enthusiastically returned home each time filled with so many ideas for urban ministry.
I also returned filled with stories from the people I met during the conference: participants, conference leaders, those from the pilgrimage ministries, and those many stories from Doug and Carolyn Bailey.