City on a Hill is a local, autonomous church that is not under any denominational authority. We do, however, affiliate and partner with other churches through various networks for the purpose of accountability, prayer, mission and church planting.
The Acts 29 Network exists to start churches that plant churches: “We want to allow a unifying, uncommon move of God to happen through Acts 29 - all centered on the gospel and advancing the mission of Jesus through obediently planting church-planting churches. It is our desire to see this leading to millions of lives changed by the power of the Spirit for the glory of God.”
The Gospel Coalition has a desire to serve by inviting all our brothers and sisters to join us in an effort to renew the contemporary church in the ancient gospel of Christ so that we truly speak and live for him in a way that clearly communicates to our age.
The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is a missions agency that exists to plant churches all over North America. We value our partnership with Send North America sponsored by the North American Mission Board and appreciate their faithful support.
City on a Hill History
City on a Hill Church started in the fall of 2009 with a core group of thirty people meeting in Temple Sinai in Coolidge Corner on Sunday evenings. The group was led by Bland Mason and adopted the name City on a Hill Church based on Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” In June 2010, CoaH had its first official membership meeting with 23 people becoming charter, covenant members of the new church.
A month later CoaH launched a Sunday morning worship gathering and changed locations to the Michael Driscoll School in Washington Square in order to connect with more families in the community. As the morning worship gathering began nearly everyone was involved with one of the five community groups that met around the Brookline/Brighton area. These groups provided the relational backbone of the life and mission of the church.
In February 2011, CoaH bought a three floor residential building in Brookline Village from the Greek Apostolic Church of Brookline. The Greek church generously sold the building to CoaH for roughly one-third of the market value. Though the space is too small for CoaH to worship in, it serves as a ministry hub, office space and housing for staff and teams.
God has continued to show his faithfulness to CoaH as a new church. Over the past few years we have seen dozens of people baptized, approximately 100% of our average worship attendance involved in Community Groups, and mission/justice partnerships develop locally and globally. In addition, CoaH has also launched two church plants: Hub Church, lead by Charlie Dunn, in South Boston, and Renewal Church, led by Jared Kirk, in South End.
As City on a Hill presses into the future, we desire to be a church that is truly for the glory of God and the good of the city. We hope to continue to grow in generosity, service, and love for our community.