Since 2002, City Ministry Network (CMN) has purposed to be a catalyst in inspiring, connecting and mobilizing people toward good work toward the transformation of Modesto’s neighborhoods. Modesto’s faith community has shown signs of fragmentation for many years. Due to that perception, a handful of Christian community leaders gathered together in the winter of 2002 to prayerfully discern what could possibly happen if the faith community came together in practical ways for neighborhood transformation. With this goal in mind, CMN was conceived.
City Ministry Network (CMN) became a federally-approved entity, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in April 2005. The first board meeting was held in June 2005, and almost immediately, there were opportunities to expand the ministry’s positive influence. CMN, through a philosophy of prayerfully building trusting relationships between people, has grown to be a trusted voice in the community.
A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies:
“Old men and old women will come back to Jerusalem (Modesto),
sit on benches on the streets and spin tales, move around safely with
their canes, a good city to grow old in. And boys and girls will fill
the public parks, laughing and playing—a good city to grow up in.”
Zechariah 8.4-5 (MSG)
“Because God loves the world, CMN exists to strengthen the capacity of our neighborhood and community influencers to act as catalysts for transformation.”
Acting as a Catalyst for City Transformation we will…
- Strengthen the capacity of our neighborhood and community influencers to act together for community transformation.
- Provide opportunities for Personal and Professional knowledge and skill development.
- Provide opportunities for Connecting and Relationship Building with other like-minded influencers.
- Provide opportunities for Spiritual Support and Relational Encouragement.
- Intentional Outreach and Education to broader Community
- Provide a Prayerful Community to cover these influencers and the greater mission fo City Ministry Network.
WHO IS CITY MINISTRY NETWORK?
Our Governing Board is comprised of government, business and community leaders:
- Rev. Marvin Jacobo, Executive Director
- President, John Britton, Retired Farmer, Community Member
- Vice President, John Grover, Community Member, Impact A Life International Founder/CEO
- Treasure, Rev. Joe Duran, Vice President, Self-Help Credit Union
- Secretary, Kourtney Kauffman, Family Concern Counseling, Community Member
- Scott Miller, Big Valley Grace Church Modesto
- Mike Gunnarson, Director of Community Ministries, City Ministry Network Staff
- Marc Garcia, Program Manager, Community Member
- Sally Olsen, Bookkeeper, Community Member
As of July 2017
- Total participants: 1300
- Churches: 265
- Individual Pastors: 263
- Non-Profit Organizations: 116
- Non-Profit Leaders: 326
- Business Community: 177
- Public Service Officials: 150
- Neighborhood Alliance Leaders: 38
- Neighborhood Alliances: 16