Churches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area were mostly individual assemblies that were disconnected from one another. However, the Transforming the Bay With Christ initiative hopes to change all that and usher in a gospel movement to improve the quality of life for area residents.
"There was no collective sense of what each other was doing," said Mark Labberton, Fuller Seminary President and advocate for Transforming the Bay With Christ, to The Christian Post in late January.
Not only were churches acting as disjointed, individual assemblies that were diconnected from one another, but residents of the Bay Area mirrored that spiritual disconnect. According to a 2014 report from Barna Group, a research organization that studies faith and culture, the San Francisco metro area was considered America's most "churchless" city.
In fact, 6 in 10 of Bay Area residents met the organization's definition of "unchurched" — adults who have not attended a church service, with the exception of a holiday or special occasion, at any time within the past six months.
To help reverse this negative phenomenon, VMWare CEO Pat Gelzinger began the task of networking churches together to collaborate for the common good of the Bay Area. The result was Transforming the Bay With Christ.
TBC aims to inspire a holistic gospel movement in the Bay Area that results in spiritual and societal transformation through an increasing number of people loving God, as well as people loving their neighbor as themselves, according to a description on the organization's website.