Equipping Leaders, Pastors & Church’s For The Work Of Urban Ministry

There Are More Than 200MILLION Unreached Lives in North America. The Third Largest Mission Field in the world Is In Our Own Backyard.

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82% of Americans live in urban areas. That is roughly 260 million of the 320 million Americans.

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U.S. poverty rate is 11% or 37.2 million people which means the United States still has one of the highest poverty rates in the developed world.



By 2055 a racial or ethnic majority will not exist for the U.S. population as a whole.

Nitrogen Is An Urban Ministry Network

We are committed to equipping leaders, churches, and movements to reproduce disciple-making churches, fresh expressions, and mission businesses. Nitrogen was launched out of Impact Church, located in West Michigan, in 2008 by Phil Strucmyer. Originally started as a church planters boot camp, Nitrogen developed the Chain R.E.A.C.T.N. (Recruiting, Assessing, Coaching, Training, and Networking) as it came alongside 5 districts in The Wesleyan Church Denomination. Through the five original churches birthed from Impact, Nitrogen helped launch more than 30 churches.

"We are creating a sustainable movement of urban church multiplication & economic development."

About Nitrogen

Nitrogen was launched out of Impact Church and the West Michigan District of The Wesleyan Church in 2008 by Phil Struckmyer. Originally started as a church planters boot camp, Nitrogen began developing the Chain Re.A.C.T.N. (Recruiting, Assessing, Coaching, Training, and Networking) as it came alongside 5 districts in The Wesleyan Church Denomination. With the five original churches of the Impact Network, and by coming alongside those original districts, Nitrogen helped launch more than 30 churches. In 2012, Nitrogen became an official part of The Wesleyan Church Denomination, as it began to help all of the Districts of The Wesleyan Church across North America. Troy Evans joined the Nitrogen Team, serving as Urban Catalysts. While a part of the efforts at the denominational headquarters, Nitrogen began to take on an urban focus as part of the Urban Urgency campaign centering on major cities across the U.S. In 2016, Nitrogen moved back to the local church by partnering with The Edge Urban Church in Grand Rapids, MI as it continues to see lives changed and urban communities transformed through disciples making churches.

Focus Areas


Church Planter Assessments Urban Church Planter Coaching Urban ministry Training Network Strategies & Best Practices Urban Residency Discipleship Strategies & Tools


Ministry Training Discipleship Strategies & Tools Fund Development Strategies Assessments Urban Ministry Coaching Christian Community Development Best Practices


Growth / Start Up Planning
Digital Marketing Training & Consulting
Business Training
Pitch Training



We use our national network of urban leaders to assist in recruiting urban practitioners in healthy districts, churches and networks.


We provide assessment tools and virtual, in person centers. We have trained urban leaders on the 13 Characteristics of church planting to ensure we are asking the same questions, but run through the unique context of urban ministry.


We provide experienced urban coaches in ministry, community development, business as missions and church planting. Our coaches are equipped to create tailored, relevant coaching experiences.


We provide a wide range of contextualized training in areas such as; discipleship, community development, strategic planning, fund development and digital marketing to name a few. We deliver these trainings through in person huddles, zoom gatherings, annual urban leadership conference and video content.


We come alongside churches and denominations to build the needed infrastructure for an urban multiplication network.