NYC Office of Emergency Management

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NY CityServe was invited to a meeting of faith organizations with the NYC Office of Emergency Management last week. It was deeply encouraging to see civic, church and community leaders coming together to see how we can better serve our communities during times of crisis. For more information and resources, go to https://www.nvoad.org/join-the-movement/become-a-member/and https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/index.page

Zip Code Project

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This year’s Movement Day NYC was a day filled with powerful messages and collaborative discussions about furthering Gospel movements in New York City. a day to convene leaders to accelerate Gospel impact for measurable social change. Movement Day NYC is more than a conference – it is a catalyst for the Body of Christ to move powerfully in the city of New York.

To that end, LEAD.NYC has moved into massive action: we will be working with Cinnamon Network U.S. to launch a bold new five-year program to incubate and measure transformational church-led programs within the ten most vulnerable zip codes across metro-New York.

Working with church, community, civic, and marketplace leaders, LEAD.NYC and Cinnamon Network U.S., will bring focused and collaborative interventions into these communities, starting with two zip codes this year, and then adding two additional communities every year for the next five years. This measured approach is designed to help ensure that the programs implemented are nurtured and supported to create lasting and measurable impact.

At this year’s Movement Day NYC, we revealed the first two zip codes: Washington Heights and East NY, Brooklyn. We are using 100% of our Movement Day registration fees to immediately fund microgrants in these communities to address four areas of critical need:

  1. Increasing High School graduation rates
  2. Improving remedial math and English scores for elementary students
  3. Intervening to mitigate the cycle of teen pregnancies, and
  4. Interrupting the revolving door of juveniles into detention facilities

When the Cinnamon Network International published its Cinnamon Faith Action Audit demonstrating how faith-based community programs deliver £3bn worth of volunteer time in U.K. communities each year, the dynamic between civic and community leaders and the church immediately changed for the better.  Churches became welcomed partners to address the most pressing social needs in their communities.

Our goal is to do the same thing in New York City. To prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that churches are allies, not adversaries. To positively impact children today, and to watch that impact expand exponentially as they grow into adulthood.  To witness the Gospel come to life through our hands and hearts, prayers and programs.

The time for discussion is over. The time to move is now.



Conlico’s Gran Dia de Evangelismo

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CONLICO held their Gran Dia de Evangelismo last Saturday! CONLICO is a collection of over 200 bilingual churches in the Bronx. Led by Bishop Hector Bonano, they are collaborating to reach out to their neighborhoods and meet the needs of their communities. On Saturday, CONLICO provided food, entertainment, and services at Railroad Park in the Bronx, all while sharing the Gospel and worshiping the Lord. NY CityServe is proud to be partnered with CONLICO! For more info on CONLICO, go to conlico.com

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RED Ministerial Partnership

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NY City Serve is honored to be partnered with RED Ministerial! RED Ministerial is a collaborative of over 40 bilingual churches throughout Corona and Jamaica, Queens. They are working together to serve their community and be the hands and feet of Jesus. Pastor Ramon Lorenzo and Pastor Keren Tolentino are serving faithfully in their communities.

First Thursday Manhattan Prayer Meeting

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Last Thursday was the largest First Thursday Manhattan Prayer Meeting yet!

“The First Thursday Manhattan Prayer Time is becoming one of the best pastors and leaders gatherings in the City. It has grown to be representative of all of the diversity of the city, from traditional churches and staff to young church planters to the historical black church and leaders of ministry organizations. It’s a consistent place for prayer, for great mutual encouragement, as well as meeting other leaders and networking for collaboration.

This morning’s prayer meeting was particularly encouraging, as a group of U S and international pastors and leaders joined us. But the time beyond that was incredible worship, diligent prayer and the brief ending devotional was given by AR Bernard. The diversity of the group is such a great reflection of who the body of Christ is in New York.” – Larry Christensen, NY CityServe Board