Migration and mission are often woven together as key themes throughout Scripture. As migration continues in an increasingly global society, contemporary cities are emerging as nodes of transnational social networks, and urban missionaries face new opportunities to contextualize evangelism and church planting. This article highlights these emerging opportunities, offers concrete examples of ministries that are aligning themselves with these new realities, and identifies some key principles and practices for transnational evangelism in global cities.
Jared Looney has served in multiethnic ministries in various cities, such as Houston, Memphis, San Jose (Costa Rica) and New York City. He has participated in program-oriented urban ministries, cell-based churches and multiethnic house churches. Since 2001, he has been living and working in the Bronx (New York) with his wife, Hylma, and daughter, Adalia, where they have planted Bronx Fellowship, an organic church network. He holds an M.A. from Houston Graduate School of Theology and a D.Miss. from Fuller Theological Seminary.