Cities Church is a church-building movement with a Canada-wide mission. We exist to lead cities to greater life in Jesus by planting 100 churches, in 100 cities, that will each reach 1000 people— by 2030. We are based in Brandon, MB where our team, led by Pastor Ben, launched the first Cities Church in 2017.
Our movement is founded on seven pillars:
The pillar of a Spirit-empowered life
"And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry… And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all."
Luke 4:1-2, 14-15 ESV
A lifestyle of prayer and fasting allows us to stay connected to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. As a church, we regularly engage in times of extended prayer, with fasting.
The pillar of a faith-filled life
"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Romans 10:17 MEV
The discipline of daily engaging God’s Word injects faith into us, causing us to continue believing the promises of God. As a church, we discipline ourselves to read God’s Word through Bible reading plans.
The pillar of a presence-filled life
"Yet I know that you are most holy; it’s indisputable. You are God-Enthroned, surrounded with songs, living among the shouts of praise of your princely people."
Psalm 22:3 TPT
Praise and worship is an action that reflects the choice to recognize God for Who He is and to respond appropriately! And when we recognize God for Who He is, and respond appropriately, His presence fills our lives and our church.
The pillar of a missional life
"Now wherever you go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age."
Matthew 28:19-20 TPT
Bringing people to faith in Jesus through the preaching of the gospel is at the core of our mission as a church, and of the purpose of each of our lives. We share the good news of Jesus through weekend services, and small groups.
The pillar of a purposeful life
"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
1 Peter 4:10 NASB
We believe that our purpose in life can be summed up by the command to use our gifts to serve others. We encourage each member to serve on a team, while as a church we find opportunities to serve the community.
The pillar of a blessed life
"Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the devourer [insects and plagues] for your sakes and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground, neither shall your vine drop its fruit before the time in the field, says the Lord of hosts.
And all nations shall call you happy and blessed, for you shall be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts."
Malachi 3:10-12 AMPC
We don’t tithe to the church, we tithe to God through the church. We believe that tithing is not a matter of covering the costs of the church, tithing is a matter of being in partnership with God.
The pillar of a transformed life
"Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on."
Luke 6:46-49 MSG
We believe that we are called to a life of discipline, in order to experience the will of God, and become more like Jesus. Discipleship means consistently obeying Jesus, which includes belonging to a local church, and practicing the seven pillars.
Our movement expresses its mission and pillars through local churches in four primary ways:
The WORSHIP EXPERIENCE
A large weekly gathering for the purpose of worshiping Jesus, receiving His Word, and preaching salvation through Him.Register for This Weekend
A TRIBE is a group of 4-7 people who meet on a weekly basis for encouragement, prayer, and relationship around God’s Word.Join a Tribe
A bi-monthly event for the purpose of breaking through into greater encounters with Jesus.Get Email Updates
The PRAYER TEAM
Small groups of people that gather for the purpose of praying the purposes of God for our nation, and for the church in our nation.Join the Prayer Team
MEET OUR PASTOR
Pastor Ben loves Jesus and the Canadian Church. He is a revivalist at heart and believes that God will rebuild the Canadian church in this decade and position it to transform entire cities in the years to come. He lives in Brandon, MB with his wife Sarah, and is responsible for the vision and overall leadership of our movement.
Corey has been part of Cities Church since 2016. His prophetic insight and managerial talent play an important role in creating and maintaining systems for our movement. He lives in Brandon, MB with his wife Olga, and is responsible for the administration of our movement.
Faith joined the staff in 2019 and provides pastoral leadership to our Brandon location. Faith has a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology, and is a certified life skills counsellor. She lives in Brandon, MB with her husband Scott.
Eden has been part of Cities Church since 2017 and joined the staff team in 2020, where she is responsible for leading our social media and production teams. She lives in Brandon, MB.