Here's Life Inner City

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The Here's Life Inner City strategy recognizes the immense complexity of the causes, symptoms and solutions to inner-city poverty. It does not seek to impose a comprehensive plan upon inner-city communities.

Rather, the plan is one that is built from the bottom up. It starts with a historically stable institution within the inner city, the church, and ends as a movement, a movement sensitive to the needs of its community, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and energized by a unified Body of Christ.

Into the fabric of all that we do are woven five basic operating principles. These principles, distilled from hundreds of hours of interviews with inner-city leaders, cannot be violated if we are to be successful in our mission:

Effective urban ministry is empowering, not paternalistic, offering resources to existing ministries to help them fulfill their potential of ministering to the people of the inner city.

Effective urban ministry is wholistic in scope, the ministry needs to be committed to addressing the needs of the whole person, body, soul, and spirit.

Effective urban ministry emphasizes relationships as a foundation for programs, investment in long-term relationships, not short-term programs, ultimately leads to lasting change.

Effective urban ministry addresses the root causes of problems, not just their symptoms, biblical issues of poverty, injustice, greed, and power must be addressed.

Effective urban ministry affirms cultural diversity , resources and training must be delivered in a culturally relevant context.

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142 W. 36th St. 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Mission Statement: 

Here's Life Inner City (HLIC) is the compassionate urban ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Our mission is to mobilize and serve the church to live out God?s heart for the poor and fulfill the Great Commission.

This is accomplished through 175 urban missionaries and thousands of volunteers on 16 city teams who empower churches and missions to help their less fortunate neighbors. Resource areas include food and clothing distribution, after-school programs, life-skills training, spiritual help, and so much more.

Teams currently operate in the following cities:
Central Arkansas
Colorado Springs
Kansas City
Los Angeles
Minneapolis/St. Paul
New York
And more....... see our site at for more information

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