Tuesday, December 13, 2005

LC2C Pilot Cities Announced!

Paul Cedar, Mission America Coalition Chairman, and Executive Director Jim Overholt are pleased and proud to announce the Pilot Cities for the new Loving Our Communities to Christ initiative.

LC2C seeks to impact the Body of Christ through a change of culture:
• Projects that promote a lifestyle of prayer~care~share
• Process rather than pre-packaged programs
• Partners from the Mission America Coalition who provide resources
• Personnel including the MAC National Facilitators who bring strategic expertise

Each city is assigned a coach who will journey with the pastors and leaders who are stewarding the citywide movement of prayer~care~share in their communities.

Pilot Cities City Contact / Coach
• Cedar Rapids, IA Phil Miglioratti
• Charleston, WV Jarvis Ward
• Charlotte, NC Jim Overholt
• Coachella Valley, CA Paul Cedar
• Corvalis, OR Tom White
• Fox Valley, IL Phil Miglioratti
• El Paso, Las Cruces, TX & Juarez, MX Jarvis Ward
• Santa Rosa/Sonoma County, CA Tom White
• Tuscaloosa, AL Tom White

The “LC2C” initiative offers the unprecedented synergy of collaborative evangelism partnerships between denominational executives, ministry leaders, network facilitators, and city reachers.

*MAC National Facilitators
Each one brings experience in the core concept of Prayer~Care~Share, as well as a strategic focus:
>Paul A. Cedar –MAC Chairman; Calling the Church to collaborative evangelism
>Jim Overholt -Casting the LC2C vision to MAC and marketplace
>Larry Lewis -Denominational involvement
>Dallas Anderson -Proclamation evangelism; Prison in-reach
>Larry DeWitt -Helping Pastors develop a Prayer~Care~Share culture
>Mary Lance Sisk -Lighthouse ministries & lifestyle
>Jarvis Ward -Strategies for cities and communities; AIDS Summits; Racial reconciliation
>Cornell Haan -Networking toward unity; Marketplace strategies
>John Quam -Cross-cultural implications in reaching our cities and their collaboration in reaching our world.
>Naomi Frizzell -Communications
>Phil Miglioratti -Strategies for cities and communities; Strategic prayer


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Monday, December 12, 2005

Announcing Our Pilot CIties!

...December 15th @ 11am Eastern, 10am Central, 9am Mountain, 8am Pacific

Call: 641-297-4600 code: 604096#

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Prayer ~ Care ~ Share: The Lighthouse Report


Click the headline for practical resoruces that wil assist you in building a Prayer ~ Care ~ Share lifstyle culture:

Lighthouse?
Prayer resources
Care resources
Share resources
Conversatinal Ministry
MP3s
Station List
Links
Your Story

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Friday, December 02, 2005

TUSCALOOSA - Pilot CIty Profile


City: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
http://www.ci.tuscaloosa.al.us

•Inviting organization: Tuscaloosa Prayer Network
Click headline to vist www.tuscaloosaprayer.net

•Mission / Vision / Purpose statements:

The mission of the Tuscaloosa Prayer Network is to bring pastors together
· To seek God’s face through prayer,
· To strengthen the fellowship and leadership among all pastors,
· To foster unity in the Body of Christ, and
· To effect transformation of individuals, congregations and the community


•God At Work: List major areas/action of city reaching initiatives:

>Prayer - Weekly Small Pastors Prayer Groups

>Care – Reach Out Tuscaloosa (serving public schools), Unity Crusade (denominational and racial reconciliation), Dynamic Marriage Events, Hurricane Katrina efforts (serving evacuees)

>Share – National Day of Prayer, Concert of Prayer


•Partners Wanted:

1. List one dream...

2. Two goals....

3. Three needs for which you welcome inquiry from Mission America Coalition partners:
*Assistance in resource and development

*Strategies for developing visions/goals

*Consist consultation from Mission America Coalition


•Other stuff I haven't thought of that makes your city reaching efforts unique:

•Contact information:

Tuscaloosa Prayer Network
William Scroggins, Director
541 17th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 758-0458
Fax: (815) 366-7578
wscroggins@tuscaloosaprayer.net

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

PILOT CITY - Profile (Sample)

Welcome to Ourcity, USA!

{Visit http://www.ourcity.us for more information about our great city}

The Servant Leadrship Team welcomes partnership with the Body of Christ ...


•Click the headline to review our website...


•Our Mission / Vision / Purpose statements...


•God At Work in and through:

-Prayer:
>Citywide prayer meetings
>Pastors Prayer Groups
...

-Care:
>School renovation ministry
>Habitat for Humanity project
...

-Share:
>Christmas Kindess Projects
>Countywide Proclamaiton Event
...

•Partners Wanted:

>One "Big Idea" we are praying about ___
>Two goals we need help with ____
>Three strategic needs we face___

•Other stuff we want you to know about our city reaching efforts:

•Contact information

Monday, November 28, 2005

CARE - Toward an Epidemic of Compassion


Responding to the Challenge of AIDS on World AIDS Day

Toward an Epidemic of Compassion

World AIDS Day is 1 December and the Global AIDS Prayer Partnership is launching two new initiatives to help mobilize an evangelical response to the AIDS pandemic.

Every hour 354 people die of AIDS. That’s about one person every ten seconds. That's like a Boeing 747 crashing every hour, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. More than three million people die annually from a largely preventable but incurable disease, and the pace of this global pandemic continues to accelerate. The AIDS pandemic is the greatest humanitarian challenge the world, and the Church, has ever faced. Every 1 December, on World AIDS Day, millions of people take note of these facts and remember those who are suffering.

THE CHURCH IS RESPONDING

Until recently however, the evangelical church has been largely unconcerned and even judgmental toward AIDS and those suffering under the burden of this global emergency. That is changing as more evangelical leaders speak out and call the Church to respond. Local church participation in World AIDS Day is still lacking, but a new strategic prayer ministry is helping change that.

The Global AIDS Prayer Partnership (GAPP), a growing coalition of evangelical Christian organizations, denominations and local churches, is at the forefront of this change. GAPP is co-chaired by Dr. Paul Cedar, chairman of the Mission America Coalition, and Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Dr. Ted Yamamori, international director of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, serves as special advisor to Brian Considine, international coordinator and executive director for GAPP. GAPP will also serve as the official voice of Lausanne on HIV/AIDS.

Now entering the second year of operation, GAPP has been building a platform for united prayer to create awareness of AIDS, and has primarily targeted the United States evangelical community in their efforts.

“There are reported a one hundred million evangelicals in the United States,” reported Considine. “If we can get just a small fraction responding to this crisis, we can make a huge difference in our world. And, the easy ‘on-ramp’ to involving the local church is prayer.”

GLOBAL AIDS SUNDAY

GAPP and its coalition partners are introducing two new initiatives this 1 December. The first, “Global AIDS Sunday,” is an annual call to prayer, remembrance and awareness “The evangelical community has largely been absent on World AIDS Day, due principally to the secular nature of the day, but we must change that,” stated Considine.

Global AIDS Sunday will be held annually on the two Sunday’s adjacent to World AIDS Day (this year 27 November and 4 December). Resources will be made available for participating churches. “We are encouraging local churches to set aside a few minutes, on the Sunday of their choice, to remember and pray for all those who are suffering from HIV/AIDS,” Considine said. “We are also encouraging Christians to learn what is happening in their communities on World AIDS Day, to get involved and to bear the light of Christ.”

THREE MILLION VOICES

The second initiative, “Three Million Voices,” is representative of the three million people who die annually due to AIDS and AIDS-related diseases. The purpose of this campaign is to mobilize intercession and compassionate action for those who die annually from AIDS. The hope is to help millions of children left orphaned or vulnerable, and assist devastated families and communities and potentially even entire nations.

A “Declaration of Commitment” to a lifestyle of prayer-care-share toward the end of AIDS is the centerpiece of this new initiative. Church leaders across America are signing the declaration and calling the Church to do likewise. Haggard, one of the original signors, stated; “I have personally signed the declaration because it speaks to the heart of what I believe must be the Church’s response to the AIDS pandemic and I encourage all Christians in (the United States) to join with me in this commitment to a lifestyle of prayer-care-share to end AIDS." Organizers hope to have 100,000 signatures to present at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto next summer. Online signing will begin 1 December.

“The evangelical community must rise up to the challenge of AIDS, both locally and globally, if we are to be relevant in the twenty-first century,” emphasized Considine. “To that end, we seek to build a movement towards an epidemic of compassion and for Christians everywhere to pray to end AIDS.” Global AIDS Sunday and Three Million Voices are two ways to get involved this World AIDS Day.

For more information, visit www.praytoendAIDS.com and www.globalaidsprayer.org or email Info@GlobalAIDSPrayer.org.

HIV/AIDS and the Gospel will be the focus of the December issue of www.LausanneWorldPulse.com, available online 1 December.

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SHARE - Coaching for Outward Focused Congergations


2006 Servant Evangelism Conference

The National SE Conference for next year is coming up this Spring. This year’s conference will be in Cincinnati at Vineyard Community Church.

Online sign-ups will be on the SE.com website soon!
---}Click headline for Servant Evangelism webiste

Speakers for this year’s conference include:
•Jim Henderson – Head of Off-the-Map organization. Jim relates to many who are looking for new ways of reaching out to the not included, to those who don’t relate to the Church as it is today. Little known fact: Jim learned his best stuff while he was on staff at the Vineyard Cincinnati!
•Nelson Searcy – Lead Pastor of Journey Church in Manhattan, NY – a church that has grown to over 1,000 in just three years using Servant Evangelism as their outreach approach. This past year Journey Church touched around 700,000 people with acts of kindness in the Manhattan area. Now that’s enthusiasm!
•Steve Sjogren – Pioneer of the Servant Evangelism movement. Steve is always innovating the simple idea of outreach as he has come to define it and improve upon the idea and make it more and more doable by the average person in your church.
•Andy White – British pastor and head of To All Nations, a training organization that is impacting the UK with lots of acts of kindness, generosity and love. Andy and his wife Kate are constantly finding new ways of reaching out to England, a post-Christian nation, with active definitions of God’s love.
•Dave Ping – over the past 20 years Dave has trained well over 100,000 leaders in the area of outreach in innovative ways. Dave has authored several books, one of them, Irresistible Evangelism, that redefines evangelism out of the hands of the “experts” and into the hands of the common person.
•Janie Sjogren – the Queen of Kindness – she carries with her the unique heart of what outreach is all about over these past couple of decades of redefining outreach to many, many people.

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

FAQ: Where Can I Find Information On City Reachig?


Invest some time surifing these sites ... Then email us with a quesiton or specific need. We'll do our best to assist,

Jarvis Ward
jarvis@cityreaching.com

Phil Miglioratti
phil@missionamerica.org

City Reaching
http://www.cityreaching.com
http://cityreaching.blogspot.com
http://groups.blogdigger.com/groups.jsp?id=2047

National Pastors' Prayer Network
http://www.nppn.org
http://www.nppnblog.blogspot.com

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"Can You Imagine?" - Introductory Presentation


Click the headline to review an introductory presentation about Loving Our Communities to Christ by Jim Overholt of the Mission America Coalition...

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Praising God for City Impact!

•PRAISE GOD for the many churches who were involved in the "Go to the Wall Sunday" in the Coachella Valley. Literally thousands of names were written on the walls of LOV churches with the commitment by thousands of Christians to pray faithfully for them.

•PRAISE GOD for a very positive meeting of over 150 Pastors and Church Leaders in the Lake County region of Chicagoland - A potential point of contact for LC2C ("Loving Our Communities to Christ) in Fox Valley - Chicago area. (Phil Miglioratti, MAC Facilitator)

•PRAISE GOD for the great time in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (a LC2C Pilot City) where I met with 140+ pastors and leaders - - - trained pastors for the 2006 launch of Pray-Care-Share. It is expected that 40 churches will launch together on February 5th, 2006. The leaders of the area shared this vision. (Quote) "We have 40 churches committed to be involved. Participation in those churches is 10,960 people. Our goal is that each of those people will pray for 6-8 names on their bookmarks. That means by March we hope to be praying for 65,000 to 90,000 people to know Christ and to show Christ's love to them." WOW! (Larry DeWitt, MAC Facilitator)

•PRAISE GOD for an amazing God-event that happened Wednesday in Oxnard, CA. 75+ pastors from 10 cities in Ventura County came together. They shared spiritual breakthroughs that God is giving to their city. Pastors from the other 9 cities prayed for the power of Christ to impact Oxnard as never before. Then an older, tearful pastor said, "I've been praying and waiting for this day for 43 years." God is bringing a new wave of spiritual life to that city. Pray that in time it will impact the entire county.

•PRAISE GOD that all 150 Narnia "Sneak Peeks" are complete. PRAISE that the final large "Sneak Peek" took place yesterday at Focus on The Family in Colorado Springs and went exceedingly well. Please pray for the outreach in these final weeks leading up to the movie release of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" on Dec. 9th.

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Monday, November 07, 2005

Coachella Valley, CA - 38 Congregations


What Will It Take?
by Dennis Fuqua
International Renewal Ministries

The Coachella Valley runs about forty miles east and west, starting about 100 miles east of Los Angles on Interstate 10. Palm Springs is its most popular city. A year ago, pastors from 38 congregations in the valley entered into a three year agreement to apply the “prayer, care, share” emphasis of The Lighthouse Movement to their congregations. Paul Cedar, from Mission America, has been a voice to encourage this unified effort. I recently had the opportunity of teaming with Paul to facilitate their first multi-day Prayer Summit.


We spent time before the Lord in worship, in communion, in adoration and praise. We lifted up one another, the congregations, and the valley. Because these brothers and sisters have been meeting together regularly for about 18 months, we did not have to start at the beginning in either our relationships or our thinking. We entered in quickly to some very good times in His presence.

One of the final sessions was spent in three groups, according to our primary burden – prayer, care or share. Because I do not live in the valley, I used the time to be alone and to pray for each of them. As I did, I thought about the original question behind the Prayer Summits: “What would it take to see a move of God initiated and sustained in a geographic community?” I came away from this hour with a much deeper conviction that these three words -- prayer, care and share -- are a wonderful, balanced summary of what God has taught us in answer to that question.

For several years, these words have challenged individuals to be “Lighthouses of Prayer”. But in the last year or so, Servant Leader teams have begun to see how they apply to their city or community. In fact, Mission America has made specific decisions to focus the way they serve communities around these three words. The emphasis is called “Loving Your Communities to Christ”. You can read more by going to http://community.gospelcom.net/missionamerica/assets/LC2C.pdf

Please note that this is not a new program. It is a way to see our calling to our community. I encourage Servant Leader teams to print out, read, and pray over the document on the above web-link to see how the Lord may want it to be lived out in your community.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

RESOURCE - Body Matters: A Guide to Partnership

Phil,

The book I mentioned to you is called Body Matters a Guide to Partnership in Christian Mission by Ernie Addicott.

As I read it I thought of you. A lot of the examples are cross cultural in context but the information applies. I know you have a ton of information on the subject already but thought you might like it.

God bless, Christy Minger

NEW partnership Book: Body Matters – available at: http://interdev.org/

Saturday, October 15, 2005

City Coaches - What Do They Do?

Phil's response to that question...

My approach to coaching a team of city leaders is through:
-Inquiry: Assist the team to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church in your city
-Analysis: Utilize research and reports to find out what God has been doing so we can continue to follow Him
-Questions: Cause the team to set action plans on the basis of their mission, vision and values
-Challenge: Call for greater diversity and wider communication to more pastors and ministry organization leadership
-Connect: Offer Mission America Coalition resources related to your initiatives
-Celebration: Encouraging review and recognition of accomplishments

I do not come with an agenda; personal or of the Mission America Coalition. I come with the task and desire to serve your team in determining and implementing God's agenda.

LC2C - A Role Description for City Coaches

Loving Our Communities To Christ

A Role Description for City Coaches

LC2C is “an invitation to collaborative conversations in our cities and communities that produces customized, locally initiated and owned strategies, goals and plans.”

The Mission America Coalition will provide a City Coach who will serve the local city movement in achieving these objectives.

City Coach: Role
  • Serve as a consultant to the city movement: bring expertise in the area of city reaching
  • Function as a catalyst: cast vision for strategic prayer, practical ministry, and collaborative evangelism
  • Operate as a facilitator: guard the process as you guide the leadership team
  • Perform as a convener: bring national ministry resourc-ers and city leaders together to implement action plans
  • Become a reporter: share insights and progress with MAC

City Coach: Responsibilities
  • Work with the leadership team to analyze the current status of the city reaching movement:
  • Determine state-of-the-movement
  • Recognize key players
  • Determine strengths & weaknesses, success & failures
  • Identify critical needs in various communities
  • Assist the leadership team to strategize a Holy Spirit led plan to:
    • Communicate – Increase the number of congregations and ministries connected to the city reaching movement
    • Cooperate – Broaden cooperative events and activities among congregations and organizations in various communities
    • Collaborate – Involve additional leaders of influence in the praying, planning, publicizing, producing, proclaiming process
  • Help the leadership team catalyze churches and ministries to implement the strategy

Friday, October 14, 2005

City Impact Conference Call

Last Tuesday: Featured Cities' Conference Calls

What would make a principal of an elementary school go on local television and say that what the "faith-based community" did for the students at her "Title I school" was "a miracle"? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they provided tutors for her school, resulting in ALL of her students being at or above grade-level!

Springfield, Missouri: The next Featured Cities call will be Oct 25th, 2005; 9:00am Pacific time.

The number to call is 661-705-2000 (code 251005).

Dennis Fuqua and Phil Miglioratti co-host the call.

Hear more this month as we feature what God is doing in Springfield, Missouri.

Rachel Uthmann
Administrative Assistant
International Renewal Ministries
www.prayersummits.net
503.517.1975

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The "L" in LC2C

"You don’t change people by protests. You change them by love. Society is changed one life at a time. God has put specific people in your life that he expects you to share the Good News with. You’re the only Christian some people know." Pastor Rick Warren

Complete article at:
http://www.pastors.com/RWMT/default.asp?id=228&artid=3991&expand=1

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The VISION . . . of Loving Your Community to Christ.


I am the light of the world(Jn.9:5), you are the light of the world (Mt.5:14).

SERVING THE CITY:

The Vision -
involves pastors/leaders and churches develop a pray-care-share culture. These are followers of Christ personally to live pray-care-share lifestyle. It involves community of believers increase exponentially. Click here for page 2

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

LC2C - Next Steps . . .


"Loving Our Communities to Christ" is a locally initated process served by the partners of the Mission America Coalition. These next steps identify a journey of relationship between the Mission America Coalition and the Christian leadership of our city.

Imagine what could happen if . . .
* Every person in your community was prayed for through the combined action of local churches and ministries.
* Every person experience a caring Christian befriending them at their point of need.
* The gospel with people in a way they could understand and respond to. Click here for more.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Loving Our Communities to Christ ???

Loving Our Communities to Christ (LC2C) is now the major initiative of the Mission America Coalition.

In recent months, we have seen the Lord's hand focusing the members (of Mission America), resources, and strategy of the coalition on Calling God's People Together to Love Our Communities to Christ.

As a result, Loving Our Communities to Christ (LC2C) is now the major initiative of the Mission America Coalition. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we believe it has the potential to transform the communities of America both spiritually and culturally.

The Loving Our Communities to Christ Framework Document is the foundation of the LC2C initiative. Click here to read the document.

The official pilot cities for Loving Our Communities to Christ will be announced at the 2005 MAC Annual Meeting. It will also be a time to connect your ministry, denomination, or city with the Loving Our Communities to Christ pilot phase and beyond. (Learn More)