The last couple weeks we have been reading To Transform a City. One of the things the authors (Swanson and Williams) emphasize is the importance of a city in our own growth.
The book uses Jeremiah 29:7 as an example of the importance of a city in our prosperity. Jeremiah 29:7 says this, “’Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.’" (NIV) This means that the city, or community, which we are a part of directly affects us in many ways. Often in more ways than we think.
Swanson and Williams also talk about the affects of the city on our spiritual formation. They make the bold statement that the city has more influence on our spiritual formation than the church.