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Update on City Church Detroit – Brightmoor Campus

Friends, it has been a busy month and we want to keep you in the loop and get your help here in Detroit. Here are some short videos and our May 2015 newsletter. Our goal of twenty donors each giving one thousand dollars is well underway and we have three that have stepped up already. Would you please consider helping us here in Detroit? We need your help to help those that need it the most.

Until the whole world hears…


Support Letter May 2015






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February Newsletter & Update


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Gideon’s 300 – Make a Difference in Detroit!

I have the privilege to present this to my church family and friends this Sunday. I pray that you too will join hands with me to help others. Every penny donated to “Gideon’s 300” goes toward making a difference here in Detroit this year and in the years to come. -Jon  

Gideon's 300 is a financial commitment with the goal of raising funds to advance the mission of City Church.

Gideon’s 300 is a financial commitment with the goal of raising funds to advance the mission of City Church.

Gideon’s 300! Make a difference in 2014!

Gideon’s 300 is a financial commitment with the goal of raising funds to advance the mission of City Church. Your commitment will help us start two more churches and missions in Detroit and allow to us purchase and run a Men, Women & Children’s home for the needy. By extending our reach and following our purpose, City Church will be able to bring the hope and healing found in Jesus and grow our church one life at a time.

Gideon’s 300 is a challenge born in the heart of Jon Jackson, Lead Pastor of City Church. He realized that if just 300 people would commit to give, we could change Detroit.

Background on Gideon’s Story

If you’re not already familiar with the story, well, you’re in for a treat. In the book of Judges, we find that the Israelites have once again turned away from God. As a result of their disobedience, God allowed the neighboring, lawless Midians to pillage Israel for seven years. Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they finally cried out to God for help. Then the Lord sent an angel to the young man, Gideon.

Here’s how Judges 6:14-16 describes that encounter:

So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water…from those who kneel down to drink.” Three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place.”

A short time later, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning many of the Israelites to follow him. Over 32,000 men showed up to fight the Midianites with Gideon. But that’s not what God intended.

Judges 7:2-7 tells us:

The LORD said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home and hurry away from Mount Gilead.’” Then 22,000 of the people returned, and 10,000 remained. And the LORD said to Gideon, “The people are still too many. Take them down to the water, and I will test them for you there, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ shall go with you, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water. And the LORD said to Gideon, “Every one who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself. Likewise, every one who kneels down to drink.” And the number of those who lapped, putting their hands to their mouths, was 300 men, but all the rest of the people knelt down to drink water. And the LORD said to Gideon, “With the 300 men who lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hand, and let all the others go every man to his home.”

What should you do?

Here are some practical steps you can take to become one of Gideon’s 300:

  • Get a burden. This is the most important thing you can do. Devote some time to prayer and allow yourself to step out in faith…just like Gideon’s 300 did. These are extraordinary times here in Detroit and the need is great. Being someone who makes a difference demands sacrifice and devotion to God. Being one of Gideon’s 300 meant to live true, loyal, meaningful, and fearless lives in the face of the pressures of this world.
  • Stretch yourself. Less than 1% of those who showed up to fight for Israel actually got to take part in God’s miraculous salvation. Challenge yourself to be in that 1%. Lots of people talk, but few show up to fight. What about you? Should you commit to become one of Gideon’s 300? Well, to be perfectly honest, that depends on you.
  • It’s all about Jesus. This is a God thing, not a Jon thing or a City Church thing. Anyone can jump in and help. There are faithful Christians all across this great city and country and even the world who are burdened with Detroit. We are asking anyone and everyone to be a part of something bigger than themselves, something that can make a true difference here in Detroit. We are wanting to raise up a huge army of Christ followers who are willing to do whatever it takes to defeat the enemy and see souls saved and lives changed.
  • Use the trumpets, jars, and torches. Use what you have and give what you can give. It took all 300 soldiers to defeat the Midianites. Gideon could not have done it by himself. Don’t shy away from jumping into this battle, but once you get in the battle stay the course and help us help others.

What Gideon’s 300 will do? (Where’s the money going?)

1. To help start two new missions and churches here in Detroit that will be centers of hope and life change. Each church will also function as a mission that will have a food pantry to feed the hungry, host drug rehab meetings and serve as a community center to help the needy.  We are currently planning on two church & mission plants in 2014.

2. To purchase homes that can used to as homeless shelters and as Men, Women & Children’s homes. Over the last few years City Church has helped house over 6 dozen families. These Gideon’s 300 homes would help us where the need is the greatest.

Whats the Next Step?

We need you to step up to the plate and commit to being someone who makes a difference. Fill out a Commitment Card and turn it in at City Church or donate today online and setup reoccurring donations. Your giving and participation will help us achieve our goals. Will you be one of Gideon’s 300?


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We need your support!


It’s Christmas time! That means the new year is almost here. At City Church, while we are full swing into gathering toys for needy kids, we are planning for next year!

Physical momentum takes a long time to build, but only seconds to stop. Momentum for ministry works similarly. Years of planning and support bear fruit in ministry here in Detroit, but it does not continue if we cannot sustain it with your prayers, gifts & continued financial support.

As we approach the end of another year here at City Church, it is critical that we finish the year in a strong position financially so that the tremendous momentum we are experiencing will carry through into 2014. This year we helped feed just over 20,000 needy people. Our Thanksgiving food drive helped feed 254 families & assisted the hungry homeless that we minister to.

We need your help today so that we can continue reaching many with the gospel, helping the addicts & homeless, and feeding the hungry. We need you to donate today to help us keep pushing!

In addition to sustaining the priceless and needed outreaches, your help by December 31, 2013, will enable us to:

-Plan for the new year more out reaches & events.
-Help us end the year debt free.
-Begin to start phase one of Think Big 20 by 2020 (Planting 20 mission churches, homes & shelters by 2020).

Your support makes a difference in people’s lives. Thank you for standing with us as we stand up for those who need it most. Here’s to next year!

Blessings & thanks!

Jon Jackson, Pastor

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Thanksgiving Food Drive 2013 Recap

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Thanksgiving Food Drive 2013

I am jacked about the things God allowed us to do this Thanksgiving for the people of Detroit! Through the sacrifice of our people, the help of our supporting churches & sponsors, and donations from a few local businesses, we were able to raise over $2,000 in contributions and over $3,000 of donated canned goods and turkeys.

On Sunday and Monday, while we were putting together baskets of food to deliver, we had a line of people waiting outside of our church front door to see if we had enough for their family as well. We had to take our signs down early on Monday after running out of food.

We were able to make 254 deliveries and feed over 2,500 people! This Thanksgiving marks the largest food drive we have been able to do to date at The City Church! Praise God for the opportunity to help so many hurting families this year.

A lot of families in Detroit are hurting a little more this Holiday Season, as cuts to Food Stamps and benefits have just been put into place. Many families with lost benefits and low income have suffered and have been put into very tight spots financially. On Sunday evening, my wife, Keikilani, made a delivery to one of our neighbors. There were at least five people living in the house with no heat or electricity and most of the windows were busted out. One of the young children were sent out to help bring in the food. Not wearing a coat, hat or gloves in 22˚ weather. The mother of the family had tears in her eyes as she accepted the food at the back door and could barely whisper a “Thank you”.

On Monday, myself and a group of volunteers, delivered food to a family we often help in my old neighborhood. A 700 square foot house, holding 14 people. We were able to give that family 2 Turkeys and 7 bags of groceries!

There are many more stories I could tell, but the most prominent story is the story of HOPE. Each one of those families had a little more hope this Thanksgiving. We brought a little bit of Heaven down to people’s Hell. My family and I are so thankful that we were able to bring hope and Jesus to a few people who needed it the most this Thanksgiving.


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10 Things You Must Know About Easter…

In just a few weeks we will celebrate the most important day of the entire year…EASTER. It was on a Sunday morning 2000 years ago that Jesus kept His end of the promise. Jesus came, died and rose again just like He said He would and we celebrate this with worship, prayer, remembrance and praise! Every week at The City Church we go absolutely crazy about Jesus and this year on Easter Sunday April 8th @11am the bar gets raised even higher!

This Easter is the biggest celebration we have ever thrown at The City Church. Friday Night April 6th we will host a Teen Night with Rapper Sean Cox and on Saturday Night April 7th we host the year’s biggest Adult Hip Hop Concert! Our Easter Weekend Celebration crescendos on Easter Sunday morning with a celebration of Jesus Christ like you have never seen before! As we get closer to this awesome weekend, there are 10 Things You Must Know About Easter

  • PRAY

We need to be praying for something special to happen in our hearts on Easter Sunday. Pray for God to do something that you have never experienced before. Pray each day for Easter Weekend!


Don’t just pray about it…show up! Start planning now for the best Easter Weekend experience you have ever had at The City Church April 6th, 7th & 8th!


Grab some Easter Invite Cards and pass em out! Call up a friend, post invites on Facebook and Twitter. Go talk to your neighbor, invite your co-workers! This will be something they will talk about for the rest of the year.

  • TALK

It’s easy to invite people, start talking about what God has been doing in your life. Talk about how last year’s Easter Sunday helped you. Talk about the band, the friendly faces, the kids church & nursery, the helpful sermon and an unforgettable performance by Sean Cox that everyone must see.

  • GIVE

We need your help to help others. Everything we do at The City Church is funded entirely by donations from our own pockets. If you like seeing people helped, if you like addicts finding comfort,  hungry people fed, gospel getting preached and lives getting changed…throw some money in the offering today and don’t forget to give on Easter Sunday!


I can’t do this all by myself. I need your help. The City Church is a family of people who come together to worship, to help and to preach. That means you and I working together. Don’t let me do all the work…jump in!


You and I need to be radical for Jesus each day between now and Easter Weekend. Get your smile on, start clapping now…Easter is gonna be dope!


Don’t just hand out flyers…get your close friends and family to commit to coming. People commit to things everyday and Easter Sunday is more important than anything else going on in their life because Easter is about Jesus Christ.


Grab some Concert Posters and hang em around town. This Saturday a group of us will be heading out to post flyers in bars, clubs, liquor stores and tattoo joints. Hang em where you work, where you shop and let people know that EASTER SUNDAY at THE CITY CHURCH is almost here!


Easter Sunday will be incredible…but it will blow you away if you have someone sitting with you that you invited and brought with you. Clean out your Ford and pack em in with you!


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