Good of the City
There are three TrueCity values that frame this area–
1. Neighbourhood Engaged—the focus of our mission is how our congregations can contribute meaningfully to the neighbourhoods that God has placed us in.
2. Margins at the Centre —Active presence among those on the social margins who are regularly overlooked and wronged by our society will bring real health and vibrancy for our churches and our city. We take seriously Jesus’ challenge that “what you have done to the least of these you have done to me.” This is the prophetic challenge of TrueCity.
3. Whole City View —We recognize both that God is concerned for the whole of Hamilton and that there is an interconnected system that does not allow any neighbourhood to exist in isolation. For both of these reasons we are committed to engaging the whole of Hamilton.
The third horizon of the TrueCity Vision statement gives scope to our dreams for this area–
Vital congregations are spreading across the city and contributing to the public good. In each neighbourhood, congregations are coming alongside people on the margins and at risk, such as; single parents, at risk children and teens, mental illness survivors, the elderly, immigrants and refugees. They are also coming alongside to strengthen the work of local institutions and initiatives like; schools, neighbourhood associations and community centres. Christians who understand their missional vocation are catalysts for positive change in education, the marketplace, the arts and other areas of civic life. As a result, fewer people are resorting to criminal, self-destructive behaviour, and poverty is becoming less prevalent. There is sustainable economic growth; meaningful employment; a sustainable, healthy economy; a beautiful environment (both natural and constructed); just wages; quality consumer products; and stable, expanding employment. It is becoming increasingly clear in people’s minds that the presence of the people of God in this city is contributing to the universal flourishing of Hamilton. People are getting a taste for the life that God has intended for them.