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What are City Groups?

City Groups are mentoring groups for young Christian adults in the early stage of their career/profession. The groups draw together people from different occupations who live in the same area. Our vision for these groups is to help young Christian professionals become more effective ambassadors for Christ in their workplaces, professions and societies by encouraging them to stand firm in their faith; learn of its relevance in their working lives; develop mature Christian character; and grow in awareness of the opportunities to bring Christian influence. 

Each City Group makes a commitment to meet 6 times (over a weekend) over 3 years to work through training together, and to support each other in peer mentoring conversations between these meetings.


We currently have groups in:

  • Flanders, 1-3 November 2019

  • Bucharest, 8-10 November 2019

  • Novosibirsk*, 1-3 November 2019

  • Brussels*, 29 November - 1 December 2019

  • Geneva*, 29 November - 1 December 2019

  • Tirana, 13-15 December 2019

  • Kiev, 6-8 September 2019

  • Helsinki, 27-29 September 2019

  • Tbilisi*, 11-13 October 2019

  • Chisinau, 4-6 October 2019

  • Ireland*, 11-13 October 2019

  • Cluj, finishing Spring 2020

    *There’s still time to join these groups - please register below.

We are always looking to support new groups, so if you think you can help us set up a group in your city please contact tim@graduateimpact.org

IF YOU’VE GOT A FEW MINUTES AND WANT TO KNOW MORE PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE VIDEO WE RECORDED EXPLAINING THE IDEAS BEHIND THE CITY GROUPS.

What’s the big idea?

Learning to live and speak for Jesus at work means learning to be more like Jesus. The bedrock of Cross-Current is to examine and know the character of our living God from scripture so that we can see what Christ-like character could look like in our lives.

At the same time we need to increase our awareness of where Christ-like character may be in conflict with the cultural norms of our workplace, profession and society.

And of course we want to do all of this with the support and accountability of Christian friends.

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Living and Speaking for Jesus

Christ-like Character at Work

Understanding the Dominant Culture where you work

Seeing the character of God in our Christian Worldview

 

Knowing our God…

To learn Jesus’ counter-cultural way of viewing these elements of daily life we need to learn to study the Bible well, to dig deep and to understand more about our Lord God who’s character is reflected by His Spirit in our lives.

The Creator God who enjoys working and gives it to His beloved humans to let them find meaning, dignity and responsibility within His Creation.


The Personal God who’s love within the Trinity precedes creation and flavours everything brilliant that He - the Lord God - makes. Then He makes us in His image and likeness and puts in our hearts a desire to love and be loved.


The Righteous God who constantly expresses His love by always doing that which is morally best for another - both within the Trinity and in His relationship with us. He codes His righteousness into our pre-sin hearts, and in Christ as we are reconciled to the Father so this God-nature-righteousness can blossom once again in our lives.


The Generous God who not only creates but actually owns all things - the earth and everything in it. The loving Father who gives good things to His children and who invites them to join in His joy of blessing others through sacrificial generosity.


The God who Gives us responsibility within His creation to work it and take care of it, and who includes us to join in His work of bringing good news to the nations. The God of justice. The God of mercy. The God of peace. The God who graciously invites us to work for Him no matter where we work and no matter what we do.


The Awesome Father who stands above everything and the Son who subjects Himself to everything. Jesus the impossible God. Creator become creature; God becomes human; immortal becomes mortal; dead becomes alive. Jesus who for the Father’s sake gives Himself for us. The God who can be trusted above everything and in whose lives we can happily entrust our dreams, hopes and fears.

Christ-like character for working life

Unique to Cross-Current City Groups and Graduate Impact is our teaching curriculum, which is focused on exploring different aspects of Christian character (service, love, humility, honesty, generosity and integrity) and how these can be applied in our working lives. At each of the six meetings we consider one character virtue:

 

Module 1 - Serving: redeeming work

Work is God’s plan and His pleasure long before it becomes something we do. He makes us in His image and likeness to be creative and to take responsibility for His world. How do we bring something of this brilliant biblical perspective on work into our Monday-Friday routine?

“Whatever you do work at it with all your heart as if working for the Lord not for men…It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

 
 

Module 2 - Love: redeeming work relationships

The aim of salvation is for us to be reconciled to God, that means living in ever-growing relationship with Him. The God who made us made us for relationships, made us for love - to love Him and to love each other - even our colleagues, bosses and rivals at work. How can we learn to do this effectively and without compromising our work?

“Love the Lord your God with everything you are, and love your neighbour as you love yourself.” Mark 12:29-31

 
 

Module 3 - Integrity: redeeming trust

Righteousness is part of God’s character and describes doing that which is morally best for any other person at any time. As Jesus’ followers this is not an optional extra, but it is often difficult to live out in our workplace when the culture can seem stacked against us.

“For God made Him who was without sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

 
 

Module 4 - Generosity: redeeming money

Learning to see money and possessions the way Jesus sees them. Everything we have is from God and is for God and can be used by us to bring glory to Him and blessing to others. Even the ways we choose to make money can glorify God. But how?

“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.” Psalm 24:1

 
 

Module 5 - Humility: redeeming ambition

Christians are crippled by humility and shy of ambition. Is that how it should be? How can we learn to be brilliant in everything we do, and to dream the biggest dreams, and at the same time learn to see ourselves in perspective besides the wonder, majesty, beauty and power of our Creator God?

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

 
 

Module 6 - Beneficial Purpose: living and working for Jesus

Bringing it all together and defining my mission for life. I only have 90,000 hours of work ahead of me, how does Jesus want me to use the skills He’s given me to the maximum benefit and blessing of His creation? 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2

 

If you’ve got a few minutes and want to know more please take a look at the video we recorded explaining the ideas behind the city groups.