Christian worship band The City Harmonic, birthed out of a church unity movement in Hamilton, Canada, recently announced a radical change in response to developments following their "We Are" events, unique two-part gatherings that combine community-wide worship concerts with daytime roundtable conversations for pastors. As ministry opportunities grow, the band felt compelled to make their remaining fall events available to anyone on a "pay what you can" basis, versus traditional ticketed concerts.
"This has been some of the most thrilling ministry that we've ever been a part of, and we don't want to leave anyone out," explains Elias Dummer, lead singer for The City Harmonic. "We started out charging a fixed amount per ticket but it was eating away at us--some of the families and communities that need this the most wouldn't be able to take part. My own family has been there at one time. So, for the remainder of the 'We Are' gatherings, people may pay whatever they can. Yes, this is risky, but this isn't about money for us. We believe in doing with our body what Jesus did with his-and we're trusting God and doing exactly that."
The band points to related stories of church unity unfolding across the country following some of their recent "We Are" events, including developments in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and Enterprise, Alabama. In Williamsport, pastors from seven churches and a choir representing 10 churches, met for prayer and worship on September 15th, seeking ways to reach local students with a message of hope before losing them to a growing drug culture in nearby Philadelphia.
Williamsport pastor Spencer Sweeting explains: "'We Are Williamsport' with the City Harmonic gave us a unique opportunity to bring churches together. We had pastors and leaders from 7 churches gather to talk about the needs of our city and commit to joining together to engage them as the body of Christ. In just the few days since, I've had the opportunity to connect with a few more pastors who weren't able to attend but want to be a part of working together for the good of our city. We've a long way to go but I'm hopeful that something special has just been sparked and together, we as God's people, will join together and see God's kingdom break out in Williamsport as it is in heaven."
Following the original "We Are Enterprise" event on October 6, which included a roundtable with five churches and the city's mayor, a burgeoning movement representing 15 churches has begun. These churches are now working through ways to serve their community's unique needs, including a much-needed ministry to military families and a food and clothing program. As local Enterprise pastor and worship leader Chad Boswell says, "It's been a little over two weeks since we had the event, and we had our first follow-up meeting yesterday. In just two weeks, the movement has tripled in size. When God is the one that you unite around, everything falls into place."
The "pay what you can" model will apply to the following "We Are" events at which The City Harmonic will help facilitate the pastoral roundtables and leading worship at the evening's concert with multi-church choirs, performing songs from their new WE ARE album along with favorites like "Manifesto," and "Holy (Wedding Day).
October 22 - We Are Reno/Sparks - Sparks Nazarene Church, Sparks, NV
October 23 - We Are Vacaville - Solano New Life Church, Vacaville, CA
October 24 - We Are Lodi/Acampo - Faith Community Lodi, Acampo, CA
October 26 - We Are San Jose - Family Life Christian Center, San Jose, CA
October 27 - We Are Eureka - Faith Center Foursquare Church, Eureka, CA
October 29 - We Are Exeter - Church of God Exeter, Exeter, CA
October 30 - We Are Las Vegas - Valley Bible Fellowship of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
The City Harmonic is joined at each event by Travis Ryan, co-writer of the Newsboys' No. 1 hit "We Believe" and worship pastor for LifePoint Church in Smyrna, TN. Additional information is available at http://wearethecityharmonic.com.
For additional information related to The City Harmonic, visit www.thecityharmonic.com.