Our Story

Our Story

Cities are increasingly challenging places for people and organizations to thrive. Many struggle to adapt to rapid changes in culture, technology, demographics, and rising cost of living. There is a real increase in feelings of isolation and anxiety among all demographics, and younger generations are disengaging from their faith and their faith communities more than ever. Churches and ministries are facing significant challenges in engaging younger generations and demonstrating their impact.

In response to this challenge, a small team of senior leaders from one of Canada’s largest churches launched City Movement in the Fall of 2015. We joined with Movement.org, an international network of Christian leaders from 300 global cities, to work together to impact our cities through Jesus’ message and mission.

Our initial focus was to engage key leaders in Canada and some key cities in the United States to listen deeply and reflect on the state of the Church in major cities. We studied emerging global trends to identify issues impacting younger generations.

In 2016, we led a 12 week Millennial Think Tank examining their perspectives on the future of the church. We also investigated opportunities in digital platforms, data analytics, and transmedia storytelling.

By 2017, we recognized two strategic opportunities. The first was to build an online platform that would serve the broader church, a kind of movement map that would enable Christians and ministries to collaborate together. This is what we now call WayBase. The second was to support FaithTech, a growing and innovative ministry that was mobilizing Christians working in technology.

In 2018, we hired a development team to start organizing all of the public data on the Christian sector in Canada and build the platform. By the end of that year, WayBase was launched as its own organization.

In 2019, we launched our first tour across Canada and cast the vision of a national network of Christian leaders working together to serve their cities and engage new generations. From February to June 2019, over 2,300 Christian church, ministry, and charity leaders attended gatherings in 30 cities.

In February 2020, we had a 30-city national tour booked when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. With our partners, we pivoted to conduct a national survey on the impact of COVID-19 on Christian ministries and host a national call with Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health of Nova Scotia. 3,000 leaders participated in the survey and 3,500+ leaders participated in the national call. Through 2020, we continued to engage leaders and support the development of WayBase and a new app called Engage to support the mission of Christian churches and ministries across Canada.

In the first months of 2021, we conducted another national survey with over 3,100 leaders participating from 141 Christian denominations. This Spring we are gathering leaders in cities and regions across Canada to consider how Christian churches and ministries can work together to support the recovery of our cities and communities. See our EVENTS page to sign up for an event near you.

Our Team

Tim Day

Tim Day

Executive Director

Tim combines a passion for leadership, strategy and innovation with a rich understanding of the Biblical narrative and its principles of transformation and growth. Tim served for fourteen years as the senior pastor at The Meeting House, a multi-site church that grew from a few hundred people to over 5000 people in cities across Ontario. He is also the author of God Enters Stage Left, a creative retelling of God’s story.

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Sandra Nicholas

Associate Director

Sandra possesses unique strengths in developing efficient teams and systems to accomplish big goals. Over the past twelve years, she helped develop one of Canada’s largest churches, The Meeting House’s, multi-site strategy that grew from a single site to 16 locations throughout Ontario. She has led large support and communications teams and regularly consults in the areas of multi-site design, staff management, and administrative systems.

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James Kelly

Founder, Director of FaithTech

James is the founder and leader of FaithTech. City Movement and FaithTech are partners in resourcing movements in cities. He is passionate about igniting conversations, collaborations, and creations in the tech space for Jesus. James’ vision for FaithTech is to become a global hub for FaithTech conversations, integrations, and innovations. James was also a participant in our Millennial Think Tank.
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Daria Nardozza

Director of Community Engagement

Daria brings extensive knowledge in community development. She supports Christian welfare and community serving organizations, particularly in leveraging WayBase as a key resource. In recent years, Daria has also led the West Island Network in Montreal with Christian Direction. She also facilitates the Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Round Table in the West Island. She has a MA in Global Urban Ministry.

Partners

City Movement works with a growing number of ministries and organizations to accomplish our shared vision.