Urban centers of influence (UCIs) offer a space for friendships to take root, for the love and care of God to be made visible, and for new groups of believers to be planted. Have you ever thought of starting a UCI? Here are some ideas!

3 Great Places to Start a UCI

Near a university— F5 Climbing Center


Near a famous tourist destination— Butterfly Paradise


In a busy mall—The Art Space


3 Ways to Start a UCI When You Have Limited Funds

Start a micro-UCI, such as a micro-pantry or a miniature book house.


Start in a classroom, lawn, or parking lot already owned by your church.


Use a public property, such as a city park.


3 UCIs Members Started by Using What Was in Their Hands

Members in Guatemala City started offering bread, cereal, and juice—God provided a large house for ministry to unhoused people.


A pastor in Ohio saw some cold people standing at the bus stop—and started a breakfast ministry.


Members in Finland, in faith, found €85,000 to purchase an 83-acre property with 26 buildings—and are now renovating it into a lifestyle center. 

3 UCIs Made Possible Through Prayer

Aya prayed, in expensive Tokyo, for a place to reach kids. God provided a large house.


Jannie prayed while searching for a building in Hanoi. God provided a seven-story building.

Youth in Asunción prayed for a specific building. God helped them get it at a good price.


3 Mobile UCI Ideas for Your City

Create a mobile grocery and take it into food deserts— Mobile Market

Build a faith-building exhibit and take it on the road to schools— King Tut Roadshow and Expo Sanctuary

Operate a Mobile Shower Van for Unhoused Residents— Showers of Blessings

3 Remarkable UCIs to Inspire You

Offering a “pay what you can afford” model—One Bistro

Reaching people through music lessons— Peace Music Academy

Providing an after-school program for kids—El Monte Adventist Church