WHO WE ARE
We are a community of urban practitioners committed to the whole Mission of God in our city and province. We partner with local congregations and social service agencies for the social and spiritual transformation of youth, families and their communities.
We desire to see God transform urban communities by the concerted actions of committed Christians.
Motivated by the love of Jesus Christ and his desire to reconcile the world to himself, our mission is to pursue the transformation of people, families and their communities in the cities of Québec and the French-speaking world.
WHAT WE DO
We work to nurture the whole Mission of God in our communities, cities, and province.
God is at work, but what is he doing? He is putting a divided, broken world back together again. His work is the work of reconciling people to himself, reconciling people to one another, and reconciling creation to its creator. As the People of God, we were meant to participate with God in this work of redeeming, reconciling, and renewing all things.
HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We engage leaders with a shared commitment to our city.
We connect and engage those who share a commitment to the well-being of our city and its communities. We promote collaboration rather than isolation among local churches and community organizations. We help churches demonstrate their commitment to their communities and the challenges they face.
We strengthen the capacity of urban practitioners.
Gifted and committed practitioners are at the heart of urban transformation. We resource the head, heart, and hands of urban “missionaries” from all walks of life and in multiple vocations. We equip Christians to integrate their spiritual life into a lived theology, putting their faith into practice.
We develop joint initiatives for change.
We foster the development of creative initiatives that will result in sustainable change. This involves facilitating partnerships and collaboration between partners committed to the wellbeing of neighbourhoods and their residents. We believe in the abundance of goodness and resources that already exist in our communities and seek to discover and make those resources available equitably.
WHO WE SERVE
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19
Jesus said that he came to proclaim good news, specifically, to the poor, the incarcerated, the sick and disabled, and to the marginalized. Christian Direction works to embody this powerful proclamation of the Gospel in our communities and city.
Christian Direction ministers in specific neighbourhoods through long-term, invested outreach, adapted to each specific context. Practitioners on the ground develop deep connections to their place of ministry, recalling its history, and developing relationships with its stakeholders (residents, authorities, churches, partner organizations and businesses). Together we are cultivating neighbourhoods of peace and well-being.
In our work we continually ask ourselves, “who is our neighbour?” We want to pay attention to all those who live among us and are a part of our community. Loving and serving our neighbours leads us to seek out those who are marginalized, those who are struggling economically or socially, families, immigrants, as well as people of all ages experiencing isolation.
We work to engage Christians in the social and spiritual transformation of their neighbourhoods and cities. We provide formation in community development, practical opportunities and resources for Christians to integrate their spiritual life into a lived theology, putting their faith into action. We connect local churches with key municipal, community, and private entities for concrete demonstration of their love for their neighbours.
Located in the neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Entr’Ados has worked with youth and families since 2009. Their ministry to teens includes an after-school homework program, cooking workshops, and micro-entreprises to increase their Financial Capability. As well, to mentor teens and their families, we work several urban agriculture initiatives and arts projects. They are connected to several missional communities and act as a space of service for Christians and their neighbours who are wanting to engage with their neighbourhood.
Innovation Youth is a youth and family centre initiated by Christian Direction in 2006 located in the neighbourhood of Peter-McGill in downtown Montreal. Among their ministries, they offer a high school diploma program for young adults struggling with learning difficulties, a children’s library, urban agriculture spaces and a food security program. Innovation Youth has been one of the vital learning labs for Christian Direction in that it is a place where urban practitioners can try out new ideas and test theories in the realm of church social outreach, community development and poverty alleviation.
The Preaching Peace Table is a weekly lunchtime gathering of urban pastors, leaders and preachers who break bread and read the gospel passage together from the lectionary. The guiding question, asked by the facilitator is always the same, “How would we preach this passage for peace in our city?” The communal learning and reading approach helps those around the table imagine together the principles of gospel peace in their city and promotes unity amongst the body of Christ in Montreal.
WEST ISLAND NETWORK
The West Island Network (WIN) is a concerted group of churches and Christian organizations located in the West Island that is coordinated and supported by Christian Direction. This network provides representation on the local community council, and co-facilitates the Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion roundtable. The network is a hub for local pastors and prayer gatherings, as well as a Community Action and Impact team. It is an innovative example of the potential of cross-church collaboration and commitment for social and spiritual transformative work in the neighbourhood.