It is not uncommon for organizations and companies in Oakland, CA, and throughout the Bay Area to have employees and clients from over 15+ different nationalities within their walls. This presents amazing opportunities for Christians to provide a Gospel-centered presence, which has wide-reaching implications locally, nationally and globally. The Apostle Paul advances the Kingdom of God in center-cities because as the saying goes, "so goes the center, so goes the whole." Oakland, CA, is a diverse global gateway and center-city often referred to as "ground-zero" for many of the cultural issues that we see playing out in the U.S. and throughout the world, which makes it a critically strategic location to advance the Kingdom of God. Oakland, CA, has a population of almost half a million residents from all walks of life, philosophical and religious backgrounds, and is continuing to grow in its influence in the U.S. and the world, especially as an increasing number of residents continue to move from other parts of the Bay Area (and the world) to Oakland, CA, and as increased mass transportation initiatives are pushed forward. We believe that God is still writing a powerful story of redemption in the lives of the local and international residents and visitors in Oakland. And will do so through the churches that we plant.