Leaders Working to Transform the City
As Christians, we are called to serve God in many ways beyond attending church services on Sunday, giving our finances or hosting a bible study.
The San Antonio Christian Leaders Forum (SACLF), formed by local ministry City Reachers, is working to transform the city in each of seven spheres which impact society. The SACLF calls together Christian leaders working in all fields to advance God’s purpose to transform San Antonio in the marketplace. Whether we realize it or not, the operation of these spheres has a major impact on society. “The SACLF is San Antonio’s expression of how God wants to transform society in and through these spheres.” said City Reachers Executive Director, Natalie Hardy.
So then, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless. (1 Corinthians 15:58-GNB)
“The vision of SACLF is inspiring to our community and we are honored to support their efforts! Retaking ground in each of these seven spheres will no doubt change the course of history in San Antonio. As an entrepreneur, my mind races as I contemplate my role in the sphere I walk in daily. Together, we can invite God’s presence into our city and transform our society for years to come. Please accept my personal invitation to visit the next SACLF forum meeting. Thank you City Reachers! We believe in you and the leadership you supply in shaping our future. Please keep up your great work. “
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The group was formed by Hardy and City Reachers Founder, Eileen Vincent and is modeled around the Seven Mountains which the SACLF refers to as spheres, representing spheres of society. Independent from and unbeknownst to each other, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth with a Mission had encounters with God around the same time, as did Francis Shaffer. God showed them that there are seven arenas which impact society by the way they function. God spoke to them stating “that if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society.” The seven spheres include arts and entertainment, business, church, education, family, government and media.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for human beings. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve. (Colossians 3:23-24-GNB)
The purpose of the SACLF is to gather Christian leaders to work together serving the Lord in these seven spheres. We, as co-laborers with Christ, are all called to be God’s ambassadors and have been intentionally placed in a sphere (or industry) to advance His Kingdom. The SACLF encourages Christian leaders to connect with others within their sphere and, “pool their energies, resources and anointing, seeking God and working together to bring Him glory and cause His will to be done in our city,” said Hardy.
The first official SACLF meeting occurred in 2014, and was met with overwhelming support from local pastors, Christian ministries and business leaders. The desire to find ways of working together in these seven spheres became the primary task. “We thought we were just going to launch the vision, but everyone was ready to get started,” said Hardy. “We’ve been meeting monthly and working ever since.”
“The creative ideas that surface at the business table will indeed change the “way” we do business, and view the workplace, in San Antonio. Because we believe that businesses’ commission should be to expand the kingdom of God, I challenge every business leader to join SACLF. We are excited to support City Reachers and the spirit-filled activities like the San Antonio Christian Leaders Forum they provide. I appreciate your heart and your boldness. We stand behind your ministry efforts and endorse the SACLF wholeheartedly. Please continue your work to make a difference in our city!“ Joel Douglas, Co-Founder,
Bibi’s Sweet Poe
Eileen Vincent, Founder of City Reachers, was given a vision from God for a Sweeping Move of God in the San Antonio region. That vision, which Hardy lovingly calls a “diagrammatic vision statement,” is a kind of map, showing the complexity and reach of the seven spheres, and the ministry’s strategy for transformation and change. However, Hardy maintained, the map is not exhaustive of all the transformation possibilities but is always evolving, “Revival is a supernatural move of God. As a result, no one can really map out exactly how God will cause it to happen in any place. Transformation takes place over time as the result of an accumulation of specific acts done in obedience to God’s direction.”
Since that first meeting, the group has grown a network of hundreds of local leaders, businesses, churches and other organizations. It has also launched, led and assisted several city-wide initiatives, effecting change within some of the seven spheres. “It’s great to be around Christian business leaders discussing ways to make a meaningful difference in San Antonio,” said Steve Arters, co-founder of digital marketing company, Clearpath. Arters, who is part of the Business Sphere, joined the SACLF two years ago and enjoys connecting with other leaders in his industry, discussing challenges they face and how the group efforts are answers to prayer for the city.
- Media Sphere: Project One, in collaboration with KSLR radio, is an ongoing campaign focused on enlisting Christian mentors for adults and children in an effort to help decrease poverty, violence, high school dropout rates and more. To take part, you need only be willing to share your time; no special skills or experience is required. For more information: https://am630theword.com/content/all/project-one-home
- Government Sphere: The SACLF developed a faith-based voter platform to help Christians review issues and evaluate political candidates for the purpose of voting in elections.
- Education Sphere: Efforts are ongoing and include improving reading levels, helping parents raise highly capable children, teaching life values, and helping children with food insecurities. They have also recruited Christian mentors, made up of ministers and business leaders to mentor public school students.
- Arts & Entertainment Sphere: The SACLF helped develop and gain sponsorship and publicity for two Christian Worldview Film Guild and Festivals, which is the nation’s largest Christian Film Festival.
- Hosted Lance Wallnau: An internationally known motivational speaker who speaks into seven mountain issues.
Upcoming SACLF Opportunities
Get more information and sign up for the following upcoming opportunities at www.SACLF.org or by calling 210-558-0755.
• Education Sphere: Beginning Sept. 15, the SACLF will host a School Board Training for anyone interested in serving on a school board. Taught by former school board members and administrators, the four-phase program will cover the duties and responsibilities of serving on a school board, and biblical worldview.
• Business Sphere: Sept. 28, the SACLF will host the “Kingdom at Work” workshop with Betenbough Homes, the 7th largest homebuilder in the nation. The workshop will teach how to transition businesses to be kingdom-focused to glorify God, while blessing the employees, the city and business at the same time.
Join the SACLF
Interested in joining the SACLF and transforming the city for Christ? Visit www.SACLF.org to complete an application, and learn more about the mission and guiding principles of the SACLF, as well as the Seven Spheres. There is no cost to be part of the SACLF. “It’s significant to remember we all can make a difference,” said Arters.
“If you work there is a sphere that applies to you,” said Hardy. Working together, the group also encourages exploration of other spheres. “In real life, all these spheres impact each other. As a result, the SACLF functions in such a way that no one should feel locked into one particular sphere, but collectively we desire to bring the presence of God into our whole city as we work together for transformation,” said Hardy.
You may also learn more by attending a monthly SACLF meeting, which occurs the second Wednesday of every month. More information can be found at www.SACLF.org, or by calling 210-558-0755.
Be A Light.
Join. Attend a meeting and join with your peers to impact your sphere of influence. Share. Invite your friends and co-workers to attend with you. Donate. City Reachers is a non-profit ministry that operates completely by faith (they do not actively engage in fund raising). Send a donation by going to www.SACLF.org. Pray. Please pray for the leaders and difference makers that are members of the SACLF.
About the Author: Inez Kirchner is a native of San Antonio, and is passionate about telling stories and helping others find their voice. She has been writing for corporations and non-profits for more than a decade. She enjoys art, world travel and going to the river in New Braunfels, where she lives with her husband and son.
We believe businesses should be an extension of the Church in the community. Bibi’s Sweet Poe is the manufacturer of a centuries old Caribbean dessert recipe for sweet potato pudding. Treat your family to a tasty, delicious Caribbean delicacy made solely from the natural ingredients God gave us. Find out more at www.sweetpoe.com. Watch Joel on local DayTime Fox29.