I am studying engaging English-speaking, globally minded people into a glocal (global plus local), missional church movement in Brazil to discover effective strategies that my readers can contextualize for their international cities. This proposal has three components. The first component is to create a transcultural, reproducible ministry model for global cities, based on the values of the New Testament church at Antioch. Unlike the American megachurch strategy, the church at Antioch was led without dependence on hired staff. Both the leadership and the congregation were multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-socioeconomic. The development of the church was more organic and Spirit-led than prescriptive through strategic planning.
Sampa Community Church is seven years old, and while it was inspired by the megachurch approach, God has directed it to look more like the church of Antioch. The second component is to create missional, reproducible initiatives through which people can serve their cities in a holistic, developmental, sustainable, eternally focused, volunteer-friendly manner. Sampa Community Church has created two formal
organizations to invest in the four million people living in Sao Paulo’s shantytowns. SPACE (Sao Paulo Action for Children and Education) is an academic sponsorship program. YouClubes are held in local communities to gather children around Christian values, heroes of character, reading, games, and health. The third component is to develop transformational leaders who can start new initiatives in their cities. This task is being done inside the church and outside in the community, with an emphasis on empowering local, national leaders.