WE ARE STRICTLY LOCAL AND URBAN
Urban Covenant is about focusing all our efforts in the city and specifically, the Greater Toronto Area. We do this because there is a great need right here where we live.
"The light that shines farthest, shines brightest nearest home"
- Oswald J. Smith
Founder, The Peoples Church and a world missions pioneer
It is all about being relevant.
Canadians are from all walks of life so that is why Urban Covenant endeavours to have leadership that reflects the diversity of the cities we wish to serve. From the executive level, to our board of directors, we will have a clear representation of leaders who mirror the diversity of Canada. To reach our cities, provinces and ultimately, our country, we need to be relevant because diversity is and will be the Canadian context that shapes the current and future narrative of our nation and our faith.
Urban Covenant believes that we reflect one of the few areas where the entire Church can meet – serving people who face the challenges of poverty and injustice.
FILLING THE GAP
We all have heard of the United Way Toronto, but they do not have any clear Christian member agencies. You may have heard of Sharelife who supports Catholic charities that serve in our communities. You may have heard of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) that supports Jewish charities that serve our communities.
Urban Covenant believes that social services are the domain of the Church not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the greatest commandments of all: to love God and love our neighbour (Matthew 22: 37-39). To meet them where they are at and to care for where they live. Churches and Christian ministries are tackling the issues of poverty and injustice but they are overwhelmed and under-resourced, even as the need continues to grow exponentially. Urban Covenant believes not only can we support organizations who already do great work but we must also engage Christians to participate in urban evangelism with their resources, prayers and time. Afterall, everything matters when it is done in Jesus Name.