‘This is what the LORD Almighty says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses, settle down, marry, have sons and daughters, increase in number there, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper”’ (Jeremiah 29v4).

We believe that God has brought us to Niš to settle down, engage, and work for the health and prosperity of the city. We thank God for everything that this city has to offer, and for its influence across the nation and abroad, and we are working to harness these characteristics for the advance of God’s kingdom.

Jesus is not ultimately saving individual souls by removing them from the world, but rather he is bringing the life and power of God down into the material world to eventually renew and restore it. Thus we seek not only the conversion of individuals but also the peace and prosperity of our city. Grace-centeredness reminds us to love the city, not despise it. Kingdom-mindedness leads us, as citizens of the city of God, to be the very best citizens of our earthly city.

The Kingdom of God refers to God’s desire to reign in all areas of society, not just within the ‘four walls’ of the church. Within the kingdom, all callings are sacred and we are all in ‘full-time’ Christian work, being salt, light and yeast in the workplace. Jesus taught that the church holds the keys of the Kingdom (Mt 16) to open the way for the influence of God into homes, schools, business and government. To this end, we are committed to empowering believers to influence society with the values of the Kingdom.

How can we bless the community and how can we be part of the solution to the problems in the local community, are common questions that we ask and upon which we act.