What is "The City"?
The City is an online community and communication hub that helps us plan events, share prayer requests, dialogue, and list opportunities to serve. Community Groups will use it to share needs and prayer requests and plans, you'll be able know what's happening @ New City & around town, and members can use The City to share stuff -- or even find a roommate or a job in “The Marketplace”.
CLICK HERE to request an invitation to join The City.
A Secure, Private Environment
You’ll need to join The City via invitation and our instance of The City is just for New City. And the content you share isn't mass broadcast but is directed to those whom you have chosen to be connected to. The City is moderated and will remain a space for community and our church's values. This makes The City a safe place to do things like share a prayer request with your friends, dialogue about theology or practice, and more. Don't worry! We won't spam you, and YOU have full control over the amount of email you receive and when you receive it. (Hint: you'll probably want to select "Daily Digest" for most, if not all of your communication settings).
The City is made up of groups (many groups), the groups that are representative of our on the ground face-to-face relationships. People who serve and learn and grow together will now be able to easily connect throughout the week. And as a church, this tool will not only allow our people to take better care of one another, but will be the communication and information hub for all things New City. And it functions like a pictorial directory so you can put a name to that familiar face!
How do I Join?
The City is for New City regulars and members. If you were on our weekly email list or if you communicated in the pew pads that you want to be "in the know" you will have received an invitation.
Once you receive your invitation, follow the directions to sign up and fill out your profile. In no time you'll be exploring what's been going on inside The City and at New City. Click here for a pdf guide that can help you as you get started.
If you haven't received an invitation to The City and would like one, contact us and we'll hook you up.
What is the Difference Between our Web Site and The City?
The site you’re on right now (www.newcitycincy.org) is our public website which is sort of the front door of the church or maybe the foyer. The City, on the other hand, is like the family room, a private website that is where our online community happens. The City is for those who consider New City their church to communicate with each other, share prayer requests, plan stuff, share opportunities to serve, and more. (Continuing this metaphor our real life homes would be the kitchen?). Our website plays well with The City. You can now log into The City from our home page, and our home page pulls both its News and Announcements and Upcoming Events from special feeds from our City Plaza.
Is The City Just Another Social Network?
No. Popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter are geared toward individuals and for MASS communication. Instead, The City is geared toward groups and the needs of the local church. And, whereas Facebook targets users with commercialized advertisements, The City flows private church communication to members of specific groups. If Facebook and Twitter are "ME" spaces, The City is a "WE" space for New City. Think of it as a 21st century version of a church pictoral directory but on performance enhancing drugs.
What Happens to The Email Lists That I Subscribed To?
They are going away eventually. The City actually gives the user more control over the lists that they are in and when messages are delivered. So you will need to join The City if you want to stay informed.
Do I Have to Join The City?
You're welcome to just come to New City on Sunday mornings and enjoy worshiping together with us, and you obviously don't need The City to do that. But once you decide you're ready to make friends here and want to get involved in giving, serving and growing with us... you definitely want to join The City! The City is how we communicate and connect when we aren't gathered.
Is The City Secure? And Will the Things I post on The City be Kept Private?
You need an invitation to join The City, and then you will need to sign in each time to use the website. And while it is possible for the staff and leaders to post things publicly on The City Plaza, the vast majority of things will be posted privately and will not show up in search results returned by Google. This makes The City a safe place to do things like share a prayer request with your friends and community group.
Will The City Overload my Email Inbox with Unnecessary Information?
No, you are in complete control. You decide. Avoid information overload. Get only the information you need... when you want it. NOTE: Set your communication for DAILY DIGEST. That will give you a daily email only on those days when something is happening in your City groups.
Why Do They Call It The City?
There’s a big vision behind The City, and it comes from the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:14-16. It’s a vision of technology being leveraged to help the Church live as a city set on a hill, shining the light of the Gospel to the whole world.
How Do I Sign Up?
Once we launch The City you will only be able to join The City by coming to church and signing up after the service, or by having one of our ministry leaders invite you to join The City.
How Do I Set Up or Join a Community Group in The City?
Everyone who creates an account automatically becomes part of the church-wide New City group. Then do a “group search” and if a ministry/community group to which you belong has already set up a “group” on The City, you can send a request to join that group. If your ministry/small group would like to create a “group” on The City, please contact brian.
Who can Set Up an Account?
In order to join The City, we ask that you are either a regular attender of New City or connected to us in some capacity. You must have your own email address, be at least 13 years of age and have parental consent if you are under 18 years of age.
Can I Share an Email Address with My Spouse?
No. Unfortunately each user account on The City must be tied to a unique email address, and The City simply won't allow 2 accounts to share a duplicate email address. Because The City is based on groups (and group membership) and because many of the groups in The City are gender-specific, no two people will belong to the same groups. We don't even expect couples to belong to the same groups! Note: The only way The City can provide users with a personalized experience is by having a unique email address based on the individual groups that the person is in. If a couple shares an email address, it is recommended that one of the parties use the current email address and the other person create a separate email account so he/she can maximize their experience in The City. Several good, free email options are available (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.), and we will be glad to assist you in setting up a new account, if desired.