When I was thirteen I started playing club volleyball. At that time, I didn’t know the weight that decision would play in my life. I had been running around soccer fields and grand jeté-ing (“leaping” for non-dancers) for ten years. I was the daughter of a three-time NCAA women’s soccer champion at UNC-Chapel Hill. The only color I ever dreamed of wearing was Carolina blue. I wanted to follow in my mom’s foot-steps—that is until I started playing volleyball. Through volleyball, I learned about the gospel and then attended High Point University (HPU) to play. While at HPU I became a member of Mercy Hill Church and eventually became a College Resident. The decision to play volleyball set me on a trajectory that changed everything. City Project is the same kind of decision. I know because I did it.
City Project is an eight-week summer leadership development opportunity for college students where students are trained to grow deeper as a disciple of Christ and learn to make disciples who make disciples. Throughout the summer, students will be set on three different trajectories: local, national, and international to live out the Great Commission.
The Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Students will spend four of the eight weeks in Greensboro, NC receiving theological and ministry training from pastors and leaders at Mercy Hill. During these weeks, students will partner with the local church and community ministries through internships that allow students to see how the gospel changes the way they live in their city. Students also learn how to share the gospel so they can take the truth of Jesus Christ to their campus and the Triad. During these four weeks, I learned that if I am not faithful in sharing the gospel on my campus, I will not be faithful elsewhere. City Project sets students on a trajectory to be missionaries both on their campuses and in their communities.
Students spend one week in the beginning of the summer in New York City. While in New York, students will engage Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs with the gospel. While there, students will see how they don’t have to leave the country to find people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. By spending time in New York City, students get a glimpse of what it looks like to be ministers of the gospel in another part of the country and in the unique context of a city. It was this week that I learned that apart from Christ I am nothing and grew in dependence on his strength rather than my own. City Project sets students on a trajectory to become domestic church planters and launch team members in cities.
During the final two weeks of the summer, students go to different countries and partner with Mercy Hill International church planters. While abroad, students get a glimpse of what it looks like to make disciples of all nations and grow in their understanding of the necessity of the gospel not only on their campus, in their community, and in their country, but in the world. Here, I caught a glimpse of what it means for your desires to align with God’s desires. Because of City Project, I saw what it meant to be unreached, to have little to no gospel access, and the hope there is in the Lord’s sending those who have believed in his Son. City Project sets students on a trajectory to take the gospel and their lives to the nations.
-Greta (Two-Year College Resident)
Join the movement by applying for City Project today!