"The unity of Christendom is not a luxury, but a necessity. The world will go limping until Christ's prayer that all may be one is answered. We must have unity, not at all costs, but at all risks. A unified Church is the only offering we dare present to the coming Christ, for in it alone will He find room to dwell."
-- Charles Henry Brent
The Genesis of Christian Solidarity

Many people have asked the question: “How did this growing, transformational movement of churches and ministries coming together to express biblical unity start? Who came up with the idea?

Well, originally one would have to say the idea began with Jesus Christ in his prayer in John 17:20-23 which says, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

And in essence Christian Solidarity is all about participating in that prayer of Jesus. But in addition to Jesus’ prayer a fellow Utah ministry leader, Greg Johnson, was visiting Manchester England in early 2005. And while he was there he noticed these pink signs on very beautiful, traditional looking churches. Obviously, these pink oval signs stood out as these picture below illustrate.

But as he kept on driving around Manchester these pink signs on churches kept appearing on different churches like Baptist, Reformed, Anglican, Assembly of God and so he finally had to stop and asked what these signs represented? Why were they all on these different types of churches? And so he spoke to a local minister who said: “When the state of Christianity gets to be where it is now in England, you realize the need to express your unity together.”

So when Greg Johnson returned back to Utah he presented what these churches in Manchester were doing. The question was asked: Is this something that Utah churches should demonstrate as well? After prayer and discussion over several months the consensus of many local pastors was this: “If unity is that important then why turn to it when all is almost loss; instead God’s church should turn to it first with much to gain.” This enthusiasm led to the development of a rotating Leadership Team consisted of local Utah pastors to start working on the launch of Christian Solidarity. And on September 10, 2006 over 40+ churches from different theological and ethnic backgrounds celebrated the beginning of Christian Solidarity. We anticipate the number to keep growing in Utah and who knows this idea might spread to other states and countries.

After all, it spread from England to Utah.