Since 2002, City Ministry Network (CMN) has purposed to be a catalyst in inspiring, connecting and mobilizing people toward good work for the transformation of Modesto’s neighborhoods. Modesto’s faith community had 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 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 collaborative relationships between people, has grown to be a trusted voice in the community.
“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)