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Online Reach School: 4-week Intensive

March 31, 2020

April 23rd - May 14th @ 7 pm (EST) Over the past few years Take the City has done “Equipping Weekends” across the nation.  We have taken these events and broken them down into 6 sessions to bring you the first-ever Online Reach School.  Each live session is intentionally designed to activate you in the missional lifestyle you were created for. Every Thursday for 4 weeks you will be equipped for missional living through each element of the School:·         Live Teaching with a time for Q&A.·         Mentoring and Coaching provided by the experienced Take the City team.·         Discussion Groups – process what you’re learning along with your peers.·         Activation – immediately begin to practice what you are learning.·         Intentional Next Steps for application at the end of each session.This 4-week Intensive will equip and empower you to impact your spheres of influence with the Gospel! ENROLL NOW...
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Thankful for our Newest LifeHouse Ministry Partners.

February 28, 2020

We’re pleased to announce our newest Lifehouse ministry partners with the Bedsole family in East Highlands, The Verge Church. Pastor Chuck and his church family have agreed to participate in a monthly community outreach to walk through the community picking up trash, meeting the neighbors, praying with them and asking how they can further minister to their neighbors. This past Saturday, they picked up 13 bags of trash and visited with several new families. The plan is to continue these monthly outreaches walking through the neighborhood, picking up trash, meeting the neighbors, sharing God’s love and asking how we can be their neighbors. Steve Bedsole has been meeting his neighbors over the past year and asking how he can pray with and minister to them. Steve has been reading the Bible with Donnie, one of his neighbors 1-2 times per week and offering to take him grocery shopping at the local Piggly Wiggly.  Last week Donnie asked if he could go to church with them. Donnie came to the office on Monday to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at our new coffee house and visit our house of prayer mid day. I enjoyed meeting Donnie and appreciated his enthusiasm for his friendship with Steve, a good cup of hot chocolate, and a mid-day pause for prayer and worship.  Steve and Kristen have recently celebrated their move to Columbus, GA from Portland, Oregon with their 3 children. Steve is the Director of our Reach-Atlanta-Metro campaign to launch 18 community outreaches in the Atlanta Metro during the next 3 years. Kristen is a full time homemaker and is homeschooling their children. The...
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Local Outreach – From Needing Ministry to Ministering



On Saturday morning February 22nd, many believers gathered from all over Columbus, GA and Phenix City, AL. After we prayed together and received training, our teams split up and went to the East Wynnton area, the Elizabeth Cante apartments, and the East Highland community. One more team meant to walk around the neighborhoods around Take the City but the Lord had other plans. Andrew Chalmers and his team gathered things together to pass out i.e. cookies, Harvest Coffee cards, and Gospels of John. They intended to walk around 2nd and 3rd avenue, pass out cookies and invite people to the coffee shop and prayer room. While they were getting ready though, a rush of people came into Harvest Coffee to purchase coffee and ice cream, and Andrew stepped in to help. Andrew’s team began to minister to people as they came in. One woman came running into the building. Out of breath and in tears, she explained that her boyfriend started getting angry and began to fight her. She ran out and came to Take the City because she didn’t know what else to do. Our team circled around her and began to pray for her and the situation. She calmed down, and one of the guys was able to walk back with her to her house and get the situation sorted out. Later, the woman returned to the building, smiling. She was grateful for the ministry she had received. As she left the building once more, she chased a woman down in the parking lot to pray for her. The woman went from receiving ministry to being able...
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Spotlight! – Cindy with Beautifully Made



We want to introduce everyone to CINDY! Cindy and Jessica celebrating what God has done! We met Cindy 3 years ago when she was desperate and ready to change her life. She came into our safehouse and we have been friends ever since. The past few years, Cindy has gone through many trials yet she knew God never stopped pursuing her. She knew she had a calling on her life to preach the gospel and to help other women. Recently, she came into our prayer room at Take the City and gave everything in her past to the Lord. As she let go and let God, she received supernatural breakthrough! A little while later, we were able to help her find a home for rent and provide her an opportunity of employment. She now works with us in our social enterprise, Beautifully Made! Many people would not give her a chance because of her past but we KNEW God had great things for her. We KNEW that she would be used in powerful ways through our business that empowers and blesses other women. She is now thriving in her destiny, making amazing beauty products, and blessing ALL of us who work with her by her authentic love and gratitude for...
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ATLANTA SAVE THE DATE!

February 27, 2020

We are partnering with Commission the city to bring a catalytic event designed to spark a movement in the body of Christ. Days Hours Minutes Heroes are those who courageously walk out the love of Jesus. Jesus called us to bring his love to our neighbors and the nations. Join us as we unite around Jesus and the Great Commission. Training to gather the lost, proclaim the gospel and see lives transformed. Learn how God wants to use your skills and passions to reach the lost. We want to see our neighborhoods and the nations transformed by the love of Jesus. We’re ready to take responsibility and adopt our communities. Heroes are those who practically walk out the love of Jesus. Receive practical training and tools to impact the lost. Learn simple approaches to gather people, share the gospel and disciple new followers of Jesus. You’ll leave knowing your: Who, What and How.Who is your team? What is your plan? How will you take your first step?    I'll BE THERE                           SEE YOU MARCH 20TH & 21ST! Follow us in Instagram Visit our page REGISTER...
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We’re Open! Harvest Coffee

February 20, 2020

After years of dreaming and now months of planning, construction and preparation we have officially opened up Harvest Coffee Community. It’s been an amazing process getting here and the past two weeks have been so exciting seeing so many people come and gather here at our coffee shop. It was two weeks ago that we were holding our grand opening. So many people came out to support us. It was overwhelming and we are so grateful for everyone! We’re excited to report that in just our first two weeks we have far exceeded any expectations that we had as far as how well the coffee shop has been doing. We’ve had a huge response and so many people have been coming each day. One of the most exciting parts of launching the coffee shop is actually not the coffee but rather the prayer room. With the launch of the coffee shop, we are now able to leave our prayer room open six days a week from 7 am until 8:30 pm each night. We have people from so many various churches and backgrounds already coming in at random times each day to pray, read the bible and seek God. Also, each day at 12 pm we are now hosting a prayer meeting for one hour that is open to the public. We typically take time during that hour each day to worship and then pray for various topics. We’d love for you to stop by sometime! We hope to see you...
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Local Outreach – Answered Prayer

February 1, 2020

Saturday January 18, we split up into teams and went to different neighborhoods to preach the Gospel and share Christ’s love. Over the past few months, one of our outreach leaders, Dasi, has felt led to take a team and go to her own neighborhood in the Staffordshire subdivision and share the Gospel. When she went this past time, God answered a woman’s prayer. Dasi and a new friend ventured to her neighborhood. After they parked at her house, they prayed and asked the Lord where they should go. They began walking and simultaneously were drawn to a house nearby. Dasi and her friend knocked on the door and what happened next was God and God alone. The woman yelled, “Come in!” To her surprise, Dasi found the door to be unlocked and slowly opened it. They walked down the center hallway and found the woman in the kitchen. The woman had been praying all night and had asked God to give her a sign that He was there and cared about her. Dasi and her friend introduced themselves and explained that they were there to pray for her. The woman grasped Dasi’s friend’s hand and responded through tears, “I know Jesus loves me, because God sent you both here to me today.” The three women sat and exchanged stories. The Lord’s power began to fill the room as they prayed for each other. The women connected and let go; they wept together and rejoiced as the Lord moved in their hearts. The Lord ministered to each woman with specific words of encouragement, and for the lady of the...
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Are you living a missional lifestyle?

January 31, 2020

There is a plan and purpose for you life! Over the past few years Take the City has done “Equipping Weekends” across the nation.  We have taken these events and broken them down into 6 sessions to bring you the first-ever Online Reach School.  Each live session is intentionally designed to activate you in the missional lifestyle you were created for. Every Tuesday for 6 weeks you will be equipped for a missional lifestyle, through each element of the School:·         Live Teaching with a time for Q&A.·         Mentoring and Coaching provided by the experienced Take the City team.·         Discussion Groups – process what you’re learning along with your peers.·         Activation – immediately begin to practice what you are learning.·         Intentional Next Steps for application at the end of each session.Enroll in this 6-week course to be equipped and empowered. You will grow in a missional lifestyle so that you can impact your spheres of influence with the Gospel! ENROLL NOW! SPEAKERS: TAKE THE CITY ANDREW CHALMERSAndrew Chalmers is the founder of the movement called “Take the City.” After being radically delivered from an addiction to street drugs in 2009 he received a passion to share the love of Christ with people in cities and nations all over the world. His primary goal is to abide in God’s love in such a way that it would inspire others to pursue God with reckless abandonment, that his life would burn so brightly it would set countless others on fire for Jesus. Andrew loves to share what God has done in his life and encourage others to live a life of complete surrender to Jesus Christ! Andrew lives with his wife and sons...
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Bradley Circle Community Christmas Party



How do you and your family like to celebrate the Birth of our Savior Jesus Christ? Meals, Christmas carols, presents, and a sharing of the story of the coming of the Christ child? Andrew and Ellen Chalmers, our Lifehouse missionaries, along with Pastor Chuck Hasty and their Grace Presbyterian church community partners put on an old fashioned Christmas celebration to be remembered! They began by canvassing their community to pass out personal and written invitations to join their party on December 23. Prior to the party, Ellen and Andrew hosted the Bradley Circle children for a coloring contest to prepare decorations for the party and bake some of Ellen’s amazing cookies. Grace Presbyterian joined with RiverTown Church to buy presents for the community. The Bradley Circle LifeHouse was filled with 30+ of the community plus a large group from Grace Presbyterian in an evening of good food, fellowship, and present opening. Pastor Chuck then shared a Christmas devotional with the group and invited all to join in a community caroling outing to end this celebration of the birth of our Savior.  The evening concluded with caroling from house to house in the Bradley Circle community bringing glad tidings of the coming of God’s peace and goodwill to all mankind at the Birth of Jesus Christ- Emmanuel, God with us and for us! Reminds this writer of an old fashion Walton Christmas celebration… You can experience the joy of this community LifeHouse celebration by watching the video below: Louis A. Chalmers, Jr, LifeHouse Director...
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W.A.R. Weekend – Redeem – Power & Transformation



This past weekend, our Redeem ministry team rented out a local motel room and had constant prayer, worship, and outreach. Friday January 24th started out like any other day. Jessica Cronin along with a few volunteers ran around taking care of last minute items to prepare for the weekend. The team met up at the hotel and began their weekend with worship and prayer. Even from the first note, the atmosphere began to shift. Music filled the air, and guests staying in the motel were drawn to Jesus. In the first night alone, the Redeem team were able to help a woman and her two children get off the streets, and see 4 people give their lives to Christ. The next day, the team split up into groups of two to three people and walked around the area. Their heart in going out was to minister and share the love of Jesus. In route, Jonathan Cronin and a friend of his met a man named Kevin and his wife Alana. Kevin had been bound to a wheelchair all his life. This inspired the guys to pray for him, believing that Jesus would heal his legs and that he would be able to stand up and leave his wheelchair. Laying their hands on the man’s shoulders, Jonathan and his friend began to pray. As they did, the power of Jesus showed up in great measure. The man began to feel strength in his legs. Encouraged, the man tried to stand up. He did!!! He even began to walk forward!!! His wife wanted to cry but she was too elated to...
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Donna

My first encounter with Take the City was going to Wilson Apartments in Columbus GA. We were met by a man from that neighborhood who prayed with us before we began the outreach. We set up an area for the kids to play and others went door to door witnessing and praying for people. It truly was a humbling experience. Another time I got to pray at an abortion clinic which was another humbling experience. The worship services the night before are always dynamic and spirit led. However I will conclude with the best part for me was being an eight week participant of Take the City boot camp. All of the leaders were simply AWESOME and I learned so much during those eight weeks. I thank God for all these wonderful opportunities!