Trends often start in cities. And in the United States today, the trend of Bible engagement is declining while Bible skepticism is rising. But as fewer and fewer Americans read, study and share God’s Word, there’s an opportunity to counter the trend—starting in cities.
Through collaboration with urban church and community leaders, we can equip more people in more U.S. cities to engage with God’s Word.
Church and community leaders from Phoenix to New York City want to share the life-changing message of God’s Word. But many of them lack the resources they need to effectively reach their communities with the Bible. To deliver the Good News of Jesus Christ in these diverse urban contexts, leaders must have access to resources created specifically for their cities.
Moving the needle of Bible engagement requires strategic partnership. That’s why, with the help of American Bible Society’s financial partners, we collaborate with church and community leaders to host listening sessions and distribute contextualized Bible resources. This work includes:
- Listening: By listening to and convening with key urban leaders, we have identified barriers to Bible engagement in cities like Phoenix, New York City and Philadelphia.
- Collaborating: By collaborating with churches, organizations and leaders in these cities, we have begun developing Bible resources tailored for Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant ministries.
- Equipping: By distributing these contextualized Bible resources to church and community leaders, more people will be able to engage with God’s Word.