Pittsburgh exists because a community grew up at the point where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers join together to form the Ohio River. Similarly, h2o Church Pittsburgh is a confluence between two local churches - h2o City Church and h2o University Church - that share a mission and vision for reaching Pittsburgh.
h2o City Church and h2o University Church operate as two separate churches, with separate budgets, leadership, staff and ministry focuses. h2o Church Pittsburgh formed out of these two churches' shared mission, values, beliefs, and desire to collaborate with each other to reach Pittsburgh.
Currently, the main cooperative effort of our two bodies is our Sunday gatherings; but each church is also willing to serve the unique needs of the other in whatever ways that it can. For example, many of our university students serve in the city's children's ministry during our Sunday gathering, and some help out by offering free babysitting for city church members. Similarly, some city church members lead a group for our university seniors to give them practical tips on finding a job and life after college, while other city members simply just let university students come over to use their washer and dryer for a free load of laundry.
The heart of h2o Church Pittsburgh is to see local churches working together, while still allowing them to operate as individual bodies focusing on the unique rhythms and needs of the populations that they serve.