JOSH AND GEORGIE KELSEY
Pastors Josh and Georgie Kelsey, along with their 6-month old son Brooks, left sunny Sydney in February 2013 to arrive at a cold, snow-covered JFK. They had come to NYC to plant a church in Brooklyn, in response to an audacious and spirited vision for New York city, which God had given them 3 years prior. But how do you plant a church in a city and culture that is unfamiliar to you? Such a question loomed large in their minds as they spent their first days in NYC, walking the streets of Brooklyn and taking in their new hometown. Just days later, the Dinner Party was born, and they began their mission which has now blossomed into 5 Locations and over 60 Dinner Parties.
The Kelseys passionately believe that the message of Jesus’ love and grace can radically transform NYC, redefining what community, faith, and leadership look like in this global city. They believe that each human’s fullest potential can only be fully realized when they have a vibrant relationship with Jesus. Their mission is to equip and empower others to see themselves as architects of culture in NYC and as leaders in their industries. The Kelseys vigorously believe that NYC is positioned see a reformation in how the world experiences church, and how the church interacts with the world around it. The message they carry aims to see NYC experience a different kind of Christianity—a Christianity with Jesus as its vision, people as its mission, and love as its cause.
OUR VISION IS JESUS CHRIST
C3 NYC started with a small group of people in 2013 with a big vision and heart for the people of NYC. What began as a humble dream and prayer through Pastors Josh and Georgie Kelsey has grown to now include hundreds of people gathering every Sunday to worship in five locations, Williamsburg, Downtown Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, Bushwick and Queens, as well as meeting weekly for dinner parties across Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx and Queens.
OUR MISSION IS PEOPLE
We are a local church for the people of New York City. At C3 NYC, we believe church is about us discovering and learning how to have a loving, authentic relationship with God and with one another. We believe Jesus Christ is God and proved His amazing love for this city by dying on the cross to take the punishment for our mistakes and pride—giving us His righteousness as a free gift. He rose again to give us hope that death is not the end but just the beginning of all that God has in store for us. We believe by the Holy Spirit we now have the fullness of His love living in us and flowing through us for the sake of others. We believe the church exists for the blessing and the welfare of the people and city it's planted in. We believe the church is both big and small, having a vision to reach many people with the love of Christ, preaching the gospel in larger worship gatherings and staying small through Dinner parties and personal relationships.
OUR CAUSE IS LOVE
C3 NYC is part of a bigger movement of churches worldwide who are committed to healthy relationships and connection between ministers and churches. As an international family our members are able to walk into any of our C3 Churches around the world and know they're home. We are united with Christ in His vision, and therefore our mission, to save the lost, make disciples and build His church.