In 2005, two groups of people moved to Phoenix with a vision to bring the gospel to the Valley of the Sun. One group of those people joined together in the center of the city to start Poiema Church, the other gathered in the East Valley to help start two new campuses of LifeChurch.tv. In the spring of 2010, Brian Kruckenberg left LifeChurch.tv with a small group of people to start a church in downtown Phoenix that was named day|twelve church. In the fall of 2010, John Mitchell heard God’s call to leave Poiema and begin a new ministry in Boise, Idaho. Through a series of relational connections with John Mitchell and others, Brian began to meet and talk with the elders of Poiema about his vision to reach the city…it was nearly an identical match to the vision of Poiema. So after many conversations and prayers, on February 27, 2011, Poiema Church and day|twelve church conducted a church merger, coming together as New City Church to continue the mission to reach Phoenix for Jesus. Only God could write this script!
The short video below features John Mitchell and Brian Kruckenberg describing the transition.
Since combining the two churches, we have discovered that with God it is true that 1 + 1 can equal much more than 2. We have been encouraged by the outpouring of support and by the community around New City becoming engaged in what God is doing. We believe that we are just at the very beginning of movement of God in the heart of the city and we hope you join us.