City Flourish provides research and training for Christian community development. We offer a range of services including impact evaluations, community mapping, consulting and education opportunities. We also design innovative and empirically sound research solutions for community development initiatives. City Flourish is an initiative of Evana Network and we love to help churches and faith-based organizations know their communities inside and out, measure impact, and collaborate with Jesus’s redemptive work in the world.
City Flourish began with the 2013 “Not in My City” initiative by Cape Christian Fellowship in Cape Coral, FL. The initial work consisted of qualitative asset and need assessments, disseminating resource guides, and strengthening community partnerships with a collective impact model. Between 2013-2015, several large-scale initiatives were launched including the Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, the first Christian medical center for the working uninsured or under-insured in Southwest Fl., ABC-V, an innovative foster care visitation program in partnership with University of Delaware, Safe Families of Southwest Fl., and a partnership with the Lee County School District to organize mentoring programs at local schools. Overall, the initiative revealed the potential of churches to significantly impact communities.
The core services of City Flourish were further developed and expanded from 2015-2017 through the work of Evana Network and in the spring of 2018, City Flourish officially launched as an initiative by Evana to help churches strengthen their community impact. We strive to innovate highly contextual, efficient, and reliable solutions for churches to know their communities inside and out, measure impact, and access best practices for large-scale initiatives.