About Us
About Us
Our Core Values
Members of METRO embrace a particular set of values that are central to all members in the community; these core values make up the “spiritual DNA” of the church.
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Gospel-Centered
The Gospel restores us to the love of God through the character and sacrificial work of Jesus.
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Community-Dependent
The Gospel transforms us in the context of deep relationships.
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City-Embracing
The Gospel draws us closer to the mission of Jesus.
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Creativity-Driven
METRO's vision is to renew, train, and mobilize the “creative class” of the City of Philadelphia.
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Movement-Focused
God’s Kingdom is not confined to one local church or people group.
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Gospel-Centered
A life transformed by the Gospel restores both the nonbeliever and the believer to the love of God through the character and sacrificial work of Jesus. It renews us inside-out, from a works-based religion or an identity-seeking life apart from religion—to a life based on the grace of God. The Gospel changes everything—the individual, the community, the city, the world.
Suggested reading for greater clarity and definition: The Centrality of the Gospel (article), The Prodigal God, Counterfeit Gods, andThe Reason for God by Dr. Timothy Keller, and The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges.
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Community-Dependent
How does lasting change happen? You grow into the likeness and character of Jesus, and into the heart and will of God, through a healthy, maturing Gospel-centered community. The Gospel transforms us—from a self-reliant individual, to one who embraces and pursues change in the context of deep relationships—this cultivates change in the community itself.
Suggested reading for greater clarity and definition: The Walk by Stephen Smallman, and The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne.
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City-Embracing
Although many people avoid the dangers of association with “city” lifestyles, the Gospel draws you closer to the mission of Jesus—often represented by a desire to practically demonstrate the Gospel in places of need. Today’s urban “centers” are globalized and post-modern, but deeply in need of God’s mercy proclaimed and displayed. A sacrificial love for the city is a significant part of God’s Kingdom agenda.
Suggested reading for greater clarity and definition: The City of God by Saint Augustine, The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark, A Prayer for the City by Buzz Bissinger, Edge City by Joel Garreau, and The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs.
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Creativity-Driven
Metro Church desires to reach out to the “creative class” of urbanized professionals in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. A large part of the church’s vision is to renew, train, and mobilize the “creative class” as true “leaders” of the City of Philadelphia.
Suggested reading for greater clarity and definition: Bobos (Bourgeois-Bohemians) in Paradise by David Brooks, The Future of Success by Robert Reich, and Return to the Little Kingdom by Michael Moritz.
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Movement-Focused
One local church cannot address the tremendous needs of a city by itself. Similarly, God’s Kingdom is not confined to one local church or people group. Intimate local partnerships within the city, however, empower many to “plug in” to a movement of grace for the sake of the Gospel—creating an “alternate city within the city”.
Suggested reading for greater clarity and definition: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, Built to Last, Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall, and Great by Choice by Jim Collins, The Redeemer Church Planter Manual by Dr. Timothy Keller and J.A. Thompson (Redeemer Presbyterian Church), and Generous Justice by Dr. Timothy Keller.
Our Vision
To transform the city by equipping its "leaders", and renewing its communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Conceived in September 2008, and born out of a series of prayer meetings between 2009-2010, METRO was founded with the vision to transform the city by equipping its “leaders” and renewing its communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
METRO seeks to gather urbanized professionals in the Philadelphia area to build a Gospel-focused community for worship and life together as a congregation—training and mobilizing to re-build the city. Anyone with a desire to deeply know and experience the Gospel of Jesus Christ is welcome; we pray that you are drawn to our core values—the engine that drives all that we do.
Our Statement of Faith
Every local church holds to doctrinal standards upon which their philosophy of ministry rests (for example, preaching of God’s Word, care for their neighborhood, etc.); a church’s core values, vision, view of community, and “soul”, if consistently expressed, are shaped by these Gospel-based standards. METRO holds to the doctrinal standards expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith (with Shorter and Larger Catechisms).
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We believe the Bible is the written, inspired, and inerrant Word of God. The Bible shows us everything we need to know about faith and life; God’s Word shows us how to be in a right relationship with Him, and how to live every aspect of our lives to please Him.
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We believe there is one God, who exists eternally in three Persons (the Holy Trinity): Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are the same in substance, and equal in power and glory. We believe that the Triune God is the sovereign Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all creation.
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We believe all mankind are sinners, incapable of pleasing God, and deserving of His just punishment. We are more sinful than we could ever imagine.
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We believe that God had made a way to save and redeem His people. We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who, through His perfect life and sacrificial death, made substitutionary atonement for the sins of His people. Jesus lived the life we should live, and died the death we should die. God is more gracious than we could ever dare hope.
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We believe that all who repent of their sins, and trust in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ, alone, for salvation will be saved. Those who do not repent and trust in Jesus Christ will suffer His eternal and just condemnation.
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We believe that the Holy Spirit, through His sovereign choice, calls His people to repentance and faith, and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him. The Holy Spirit applies the Gospel to His people, and renews them after the image of God in union with His Son.
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We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people unto Himself.
Our Name
Every part of the name METRO resonates with regards to the type of ministry we hope to be, and the type of community we desire to foster. A member of METRO embraces the “whole” of Philadelphia (thus, metro) for the sake of advancing the Gospel of God’s Kingdom, His Church.

In Jeremiah 29, the prophet assured God’s people, who felt abandoned by God because they were living as exiles in a foreign country, that He had not forgotten them, but had special plans for them. Rather than living in religious “enclaves”, the people were taught, “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce… Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper (Jeremiah 29:5-7).”

In other words, rather than dismissing the city and its people, we are to help rebuild it by residing and working there; we are to seek its peace and prosperity because the Lord is doing His redeeming work in the city through His people.
Our History