Equipping Conversations are events that bring in an outside speaker who has expertise on a topic that we think is important to be talking about. We want these conversations to introduce you to people who are thinking well about important topics. Our goal is to show how clearer thinking about these topics can build each other up in love and unity. Watch videos of past Discipleship Equipping events and teachings.

Men's Gathering

Next Gatheirng TBD
Calling all men to join us for the Citylight Men’s Gathering! This will be a place where you can meet, connect, and worship with other men at Citylight.

Citylight Women’s Gathering

Next Gathering TBD
Please join us for an amazing time of worship and Biblical insight. We will have a time of musical worship and a special guest speaker for the morning.

Equipping Conversation: Mental Health and Faith

6.28 | 6:30 - 8:15 PM | West location
As a culture we face increasing mental health challenges. John Andrew Bryant has written a gripping and award winning book on his journey with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a Christian and minister of the gospel. He will join us for an evening conversation about faith and mental health, as well as his work among those who are vulnerable to these challenges in Pittsburgh, PA. John can teach us how to see and to offer hospitality to those who are suffering. You won't want to miss this evening.

John Bryant is a writer, speaker, and chaplain, these three identities forming one vocation as Evangelist with Church Army USA. John lives, works, and worships in a small town outside Pittsburgh, PA where he lives with wife Becca. His book A Quiet Mind to Suffer With won the 2024 Christianity Today Book Award Winner for Christian Living / Spiritual Formation and the 2024 Illumination Book Awards Gold Medal Winner for Illness/Death/Dying.

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Equipping Conversation: The Christian and Politics

4.5 | 6:30 - 8:15 PM | Midtown location
As a new cycle of political elections ramps up, we are inviting Dr. Alex Tuckness to help us think well about how to live faithfully as Christians and citizens of the United States of America. The last decade has brought about big cultural changes, political polarization, and anxiety. Drawing from 1 Peter, he will talk about the unique features of Christian identity and how to live wisely in our cultural moment.

Alex Tuckness is the Chair of the Political Science Department at Iowa State University and an Elder at Cornerstone Church in Ames, IA. He is the author of Locke and the Legislative Point of View (Princeton University Press, 2002), The Decline of Mercy in Public Life (with John Michael Parrish, Cambridge University Press, 2014), This is Political Philosophy (with Clark Wolf, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), and Morality as Legislation (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Equipping Conversations with Matthew LaPine

2.9 | 7:20 - 8:45 PM | Midtown
"Theology and the Arts: Faith and Fiction," with Matthew LaPine. We invite everyone to come out for an event about how reading fictional literature can strengthen our faith. This will be part of a series on theology and the arts. Our faith involves not just our heads, but also our hearts and new ways of seeing the world. Literature can be a powerful companion to reading and living Scripture wisely.

Equipping Conversation with Elyse Fitzpatrick

9.29 | 7 - 8:30 PM | West
"What the church can learn about overcoming fear, worry, and anxiety,” with Elyse Fitzpatrick. Everyone is invited to a special event with Elyse Fitzpatrick, biblical counselor, author, and speaker. Elyse will discuss replacing worry with God’s peace, and fear with freedom.
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with Elyse Fitzpatrick