It's all pretty simple.  Ever since the church took wings in Antioch, some of the leaders shepherded the flock of God's people while others flocked to God's people who still needed to meet the Good Shepherd.  Phil is part of the latter group. 

Through years of ministry inside the church the entire arc has been both satisfying and fulfilling, Still, it is the high frequencies of the thoughts and questions and wounds of those far from God which my ears pick up first.  Not as an end in itself, but as helping people begin their journey of discovering the God who loves them so.  CityVillages is the extension of all our preparations.  We simply want to use this common thirst for community that God has placed us as the platform for discussing the conversations where lives make up their minds.

We began with companies of friends--we called them "Villages".  Now we eat together, laugh together, love well, and invite our friends in close.  Eight words can really summarize the whole CityVillage story:  "Friends, good food, great conversations, life's best questions."

In a very real and sobering way, we must actually become the gospel to the people around us—an expression of the real Jesus Christ through the quality of our lives.
— Alan Hirsch
The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that then all the cathedral, clergy, missions, sermons, and even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became man for no other purpose.
— --C.S. Lewis
More than half the world’s population is living in urban areas and that means more image of God per square inch than anywhere else in the world...The Church has to be everywhere there are people but the people are moving into the city faster than the church. If you love what God loves, you will love the city.
— --Tim Keller