This article relies excessively on references to primary sources. (February 2008)
The City Mission movement started in Glasgow in January 1826 when David Nasmith founded the Glasgow City Mission (Scotland). It was an interdenominational agency working alongside churches and other Christian agencies to provide for the spiritual and material welfare of those in need.
Agencies in the movement are variously called "City" or "Gospel" or "Rescue" Missions.
Nasmith visited the United States and Canada in 1830, setting up 31 missions supported by various benevolent institutions. He founded missions in France, as well as the London City Mission, the London Female Mission, the Dublin Christian Mission, and a number of other ministries.
The first World Conference of City Missions was sponsored by the Sydney City Mission (now Mission Australia) and held in Sydney, Australia in 1988.
Subsequent conferences were held in:
- Birmingham, England, 1991 - this formed the City Mission World Association (CMWA)
- Washington DC, USA, 1994
- Helsinki, Finland, 1997
- Glasgow, Scotland, 2000
- Sydney, Australia, 2003
- Kansas City MO, USA, 2006
- Australia - Mission Australia (formed 1996, after city missions had been created across the country since 1854)
- USA - Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (founded 1913)
- UK and Ireland - City Mission Movement UK (formerly British Association of City Missions)
- Website of City Mission World Association, as of 2012, see link below.
- City Mission World Association at the Wayback Machine (archived 17 July 2012)
- Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (USA)
- Mission Australia includes links to the missions in Australian states.
- David Nasmith at Edinburgh City Mission at the Wayback Machine (archived 31 August 2007)