By Tanae Howard
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 12, 2014) - More than 3,000 people gathered on Monument Circle as the vision behind City Mosaic was unveiled. City Mosaic is a partnership of suburban and urban churches. The congregations share the same goal to provide resources to the city in hopes of addressing social issues that often lead to crime.
"I can't tell you what it feels like. This was a dream God gave me in 2005 so this thing is almost nine years old. So to see it finally get legs under it and to happen it's an emotional moment for me to just see all these people gathered together because they want the city to know we love them and support them," said Pastor Steve Poe of Northview Church Carmel.
Pastor Steve says it took him several years to figure out how to execute the vision. He put together a board and began reaching out to local churches to get involved. The goal was to join all denominations, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
"So as we get the suburbanites to serve and work with their fellow brothers and sisters, they're going to grow spiritually. It's going to do as much in their spiritual life as it will in the urban setting," said Pastor Steve.
City Mosaic will also work with the Department of Public Safety. The board will meet with the department twice a month. Not only will they provide financial resources but serve the inner city as it relates to jobs and education as well.
"More importantly they have people that are willing to roll up their sleeves and work with individuals help them make a difference in their lives. It's going to be a good partnership long term and I think eventually we'll see crime come down as a result of this partnership," said Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.
The crowd was encouraged and ready to get involved.
"So when I see people from all parts of the state and all churches coming together as one to me that communicates union I think that it's powerful. It speaks in high volumes and its important for people to come together and listen to an inspirational message like this," said Indianapolis resident Randy Cartagena.
Right now City Mosaic is a partnership of 12 churches and they're looking for more congregations to get on board. For more information on their initiative and contact information click here