Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Cluture~Shift: Have We Passed the "Tipping Point"

Have we passed the tipping point of our culture in the United States?

Can creating or restoring a healthy church culture transform our communities? These are two of the important issues that we will be prayerfully exploring together at our Annual Mission America Coalition Gathering in October.

We pray that you will join us as denominational leaders, national Christian ministry leaders, city/community leaders, pastors and local church leaders come together to listen, share, pray and strategically plan together. It should be an unforgettable two days as we gather together in St. Louis.

Please review prayerfully the information below--and then seriously consider joining us for what we believe will be the most important and strategic meeting we have ever had. We pray that you will be there!

Prayerfully and expectantly--in Christ,

Paul Cedar
Chairman/CEO, Mission America Coalition

Mobilize Your Church, Your Ministry, Your City!
October 10-12, 2006, St. Louis Airport Marriott

This year the Mission America Coalition is making a special invitation not only to city and ministry leaders, but also to lay people who have a passion to be Christ's instruments to transform their communities. Come to learn and discuss issues of cultural transformation:

* How to love your city into the Kingdom
* The power of evangelism praying
* Diverse approaches to evangelistic outreach
* Uniting Christians in a diverse society
* Mobilizing the church to care for others
* The state of the church and the culture, and the state of our cities and communities

Hear how restoring a healthy church culture can transform people, communities, and cities—your city!

Forward this e-mail to your denominational leaders, ministry leaders and pastors to encourage them to attend, and watch our web site for more information.

The Mission America Coalition Annual Gathering Speakers:

* Ted Haggard, National Association of Evangelicals
* Daniel De Leon, Hispanic Association of Bilingual and Bicultural Ministries
* John Nichols, Lazarus Foundation
* Lon Allison, The Billy Graham Center
* Dave Olson, American Church Research Project
* MA Coalition speakers Paul Cedar, Jim Overholt, Jarvis Ward, and Mary Lance Sisk

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CARE~ Feeding the poor from suburbia

Feeding the poor from suburbia

by Rebecca Barnes

Shane Claiborne’s dreadlocks have graced the cover of at least one national Christian magazine and the insides of several others. His new book, "The Irresistible Revolution," has opened new platforms for this suburban refugee to speak about ministry among the urban poor.

When Claiborne addressed the National Pastor’s Convention this year, the questions foremost in my mind (and likely in those of thousands ministering in traditional settings) were: How do you integrate hippies and Hummers? How do you merge the radical ideas of someone who lives in an inner-city commune with mainstream, suburban church ministry?

I sat in on a convention workshop that Claiborne – whose community is known as The Simple Way – and fellow resident Chris Haw conducted. What Claiborne seemed to be challenging most was our culture, specifically the "consumptianity" that the American church seems to endorse. He urges believers to stop gorging on "stuff" and get their hands dirty helping the poor===>Click headline to access entire article . . .

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Church-Based City Transformation

Churches intent on changing marriages, transforming cities; and the pope on love

by Rebecca Barnes, editor

Two hundred American communities of faith have now committed to reduce their city's divorce and cohabitation rates by making marriage a priority in their congregations. Marriage Savers president Mike McManus told Agape Press this week that a 50 percent drop in the divorce rate in Austin, Texas, and decreases in other cities that began signing commitments in 1986, is proof that the church-based approach is working.

The average drop in divorce is about 17.5 percent over seven years, McManus said. "That's significant," he said, "and it's happened in more than 100 cities."

According to Baptist Press, more than 10,000 pastors in 42 states have signed Community Marriage Policies with the goal of radically reducing the divorce rate in their local churches.

Resources for church leaders are available at

In many of these Marriage Savers communities, civic and church leaders have come together to culturally transform their cities in other ways as well. The Mission America Coalition (MAC) announced this month in a news release that a new ministry framework called Loving our Communities to Christ (LC2C) will begin with a three-year commitment from several cities and their leaders, to pray and work together in a collaborative and wholistic strategy for reaching their city with the Gospel message.

Jim Overholt, executive director of MAC, said LC2C challenges Christians and churches to "be the church" as modeled in the New Testament by re-establishing a foundation of prayer, a lifestyle of care and a willingness to share Jesus Christ in communities.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Remarkable venture to redeem a blighted suburb

By John McNeil of Challenge Weekly, New Zealand
Special to ASSIST News Service

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND (ANS) -- When you drive through Shirley, it looks to the casual eye like your average middle-class Christchurch suburb. It’s not.
THERE TO SERVE: Shirley Community Trust staff include (from left) Mary Hussey, administrator; Anne Kennedy, coordinator and founding trustee; and Sharon Burnett, community worker.

Shirley was established in the 1950s as a working-class suburb on the northern outskirts of the city, with a high proportion of state houses. Since then it has deteriorated – although there have been pockets of regeneration – and in recent decades it has been an area of high unemployment and all the social statistics that go with that. Which makes all the more remarkable the work of a community trust set up by a very middle-class Anglican church to redeem the suburb. The Shirley Community Trust, based at St Stephens, was established in 1999.

“St Stephens was a very mission-oriented church,” says founding trustee and coordinator Anne Kennedy. “I saw us sending all these missionaries overseas and I wondered how we were going to work with the people we were set among.”

A down-to-earth Cockney by origin, Mrs. Kennedy says she was thrilled when a group came up with the vision to set up the trust. “This place is impoverished spiritually and financially. It was really quite a dark place,” she says.

“There have been gang problems in the area. A number of the Mongrel Mob hierarchy lived in the area until they were jailed for dealing in P.

“There has been a drive-by shooting, and attacks at night in the park. Some mothers would not let their children play in the park on their own during the day.

“People felt threatened going to the shops. One shop owner in particular cast a very threatening presence over the area. He was constantly monitoring what everybody did, and had an intimidating influence. His children would intimidate others in the park.”

CAFE CULTURE: Volunteer Jane Mitchell (right) serves a customer in the MacFarlane on the Park Cafe run by the trust, where you can get a very good latte for $2.

You can tell this is a tough neighborhood. A new holiday dance program for 10 to 13-year-olds includes this in the introductory brochure: “No violence, swearing, alcohol, drugs, smokes, weapons – you are clever and should know what to leave behind!” The trust was fortunate in its early applications to the Christchurch City Council for funding. Two of its members had built up a good track record of community development, and the council was generous in its support.

The trust today has a paid staff of seven, but more importantly a high ratio of volunteers to paid workers – nearly 150. These volunteers invest 9580 hours a year in the local community, and the trust calculates that 11,800 people attend or participate in events and programs.

“Most volunteers are members of St Stephens, but not all,” says Mrs. Kennedy. “A major role is to promote volunteering from locals so people are helping themselves and it’s not just the church doing it.” A group of local people meet as the trust’s steering group to come up with ideas.

The programs are simple but effective. The trust took over the former Plunket rooms, where it runs a preschoolers and parents group, numeracy and literacy classes, free bread pickup, the Narcotics Anonymous recovery group, family events in the park, and MacFarlane’s on the Park, probably the only cafe in Christchurch where you can buy a very good latte for $2.

Free Friday night community meals have been provided fortnightly at St Stephens for 14 years, and some 80 to 90 come – adults and children, whole families. Few attend church. Since 1992, more than 16,000 meals have been served.

“Part of what we do is to make this patch as safe as we can,” Mrs., Kennedy says. “We are dealing with some bottom lines – really basic problems – not the frills of life. So we run community fun events in the park, trying to claim back the park. It’s not 100 per cent successful, but each step is incremental.” One of those incremental steps was doing something about the intimidating shop owner. “We prayed and he moved, and the shop is now a dance studio owned by a Christian woman (where the dance program is now held). It was a relief for the area when he moved.

“We are not pretending everything is solved. This is a very tough area. When something like that leaves, there’s a vacuum and we are aware that unless we have God’s covering, there’s a vacancy for something else to come in. There was a lot of talk about that on the street.

“We are very aware of the strong prayer backing we have had from supporters over the years. Community police and kindergarten teachers say there’s been a marked change.

“Crime statistics have gone down. When you walk down the street or go to the shops there’s a more positive atmosphere. People are shopping locally more.”

Mrs. Kennedy says that while the trust is a Christian organization, because of its funding it cannot be overtly or aggressively evangelical.

“Nonetheless, it’s not something we have to announce because the people know. There was a lot of suspicion in the early days, but it’s lowering. We have to walk the walk, use friendship evangelism.

“We make no apology that we are Christians, and it’s our faith that motivates us.

“It’s not all pleasant – we have to deal with some stroppy (difficult) people. But Jesus did not ask us to be successful, he asked us to be faithful. Our responsibility is to live our life for Christ, to be Christ in the world.”

Mrs. Kennedy is excited that evangelicals are starting to wake up to the social needs around them. “In the past, evangelicals have not been so hot on social things. It was left to wither on the vine. I have always felt it was a side of the Church that was not nourished.

“In the 1970s, the Government did everything for people, and the churches sat back. When user-pays hit in the 1980s and 90s, people realized that the Government was not going to do it anymore.

“This provided a real opportunity for the Church. We have to see it as an opportunity to serve the Lord in a new way.”

She says the partnership between the trust and funders is a healthy one.

“Our funders are very supportive. We were treated generously by the city council. But you have to deliver the goods. When they come and see what we are doing, they are generous.”

With the hard work comes the success stories. Mrs. Kennedy tells of a recovering drug addict who is also a sole parent.

“He does volunteer maintenance and gardening with the trust to keep himself out of trouble. We had a party for our volunteers, which his mum and his probation officer attended.

“He said later: ‘My mum was so proud of me – and I have not given her much to be proud of over the years.’”

John McNeil, a veteran of 40 years of newspaper and radio journalism, is South Island editor for Challenge Weekly, New Zealand’s non-denominational, independent national Christian newspaper.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The One Church, Many Congregations Paradox

God on EarthThe Church - A Hard Look at the Real Life of Faith
by Douglas Banister
Published by WaterBrook Press 2005, pp.145-146


Soon after the ink dried on the last New Testament letter, the new churches began selecting bishops and assigning them to oversee congregations in various cities - one bishop per city. Unity in the church flowed from the top down. The ancient world was a world of hierarchy and order. Society worked best when the channels of power were clearly marked.

Today we understand that the nature of the universe is much more organic than it is hierarchical. The world is more like the ecosystem of a forest than a military chain of command. The "complete unity" Christ prayed for will not be found by returning to an ancient model of power and authority. Unity among our churches will emerge instead as we learn to work together as communities woven into the life web of the living body of Christ.

The operative words in church unity conversations are not power and authority but collaboration and partnership.

I think I see an outline of what is emerging. Tomorrow's churches will navigate the one church, many congregations paradox by creating networks of churches that in turn network with one another. The one church in a city will look like a vast galaxy, with individual congregations the stars of a solar system, and many solar systems making up the galaxy. Put another way, the congregations in a city will work together like the interconnected rings of the Olympic logo, no one ring standing out from another. There sill be communication but not control. There will be mutual sharing and respect and learning and cooperation with each individual congregation bringing its own special gifts to the kingdom party.

The emerging diversity within the unity of the church will be difficult to describe, hard to write about, impossible to capture on an organization chart, and frustrating to lead. We won't figure it out until long after I am dead.

But this is where we're headed.

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Prayers of a City Pastor

Where Cross the Crowded Ways: Prayers of a City Pastor
Ernest T. Campbell
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$10.00 Paperback

revised edition; 107 pages; dimensions (in inches): 5.5 x 8.5; 2005

ISBN: 0-8028-2981-3

In this revised edition of a classic collection of congregational prayers, Ernest T. Campbell demonstrates the value and creative potential of thoughtfully prepared public prayers. Originally crafted for use in The Riverside Church, New York City, these pastoral prayers continue to engage with the concerns of contemporary life and the richness of religious faith. They will be an invaluable resource both for those who plan worship services and for those who seek to deepen their personal prayer lives.

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PRAYER ~ B-L-E-S-S Someone Today…


B-L-E-S-S Someone Today…

Here is a simple easy to remember method for praying for those around you, even if you don’t know their specific needs. The five requests are based on the word “B-L-E-S-S”.

B - Body - For health, safety, and physical needs.

L - Labors - For the success and prospering of their work and/or studies (Jeremiah 29:7).

E - Emotions - For peace and joy to replace fear and anxiety (Matthew 10:13).

S - Social life - For family’s to function well together in their community.

S - Salvation - For each to understand salvation in Jesus Christ, and come to know Him personally and grow in their spiritual lives.

Now, it’s time to practice.
Take a minute right now to B-L-E-S-S someone. A co-worker, a neighbor, a student, etc.

Then tell us below who you prayed for, maybe some others will pray! er for them too.

You can remember this pattern by using the 5 fingers of your hand.

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"Pray Big" for Your City

High Time to Pray
from Joe McKeever

Wherever I go, I hear people saying they're praying for us in New
Orleans. I thank them and then gently suggest how they pray. "Pray
big," I say, and sometimes hand them a little business card we've
printed up with a suggested prayer: "Father, you love this city.
Jesus died for this city. You have many people here. Satan has held
it too long, Lord. Take it back. Do a new thing in New Orleans,
Lord. A God thing. A big thing."

Routine praying for this troubled city is not going to do the job.
Case in point.

"Five teenagers shot dead in Central City" was the headline on
Sunday morning's front page. Subtitle: "Violence is almost beyond
explaining." Three 19-year-old boys, one 16, and one 17 were gunned
down Saturday around 4 a.m. No clues, no suspects. The sheer carnage
makes police believe it was drug-related.

A few paragraphs from the story:

"Up and down nearby streets, where most houses still bear the
telltale spray-painted X's left by rescue workers after the Aug. 29
storm, neighbors gathered on porches and discussed the gruesome
crime and the recklessness of adults who, they said, should have
been minding the victims."

"'How could you let a 16-year-old go out at that time of the
morning?' said James Williams, 26. 'And for (the perpetrators) to do
something like this to the children is a shame.'"

"Sitting on a stoop across Danneel Street from the spot where the
SUVslid to a halt, Clarence Joseph peered at a patch of bloodstained
asphalt and evoked religious prophecy to describe the early-morning

"'The Bible said that if you don't teach them at home, the world is
going to get them,' he said. 'And that's what happening.'"

"Even Bryson, an officer with 26 years at the New Orleans Police
Department, choked back emotion as he detailed the crime for
reporters at a late morning news conference. 'I'm a father, and I
couldn't imagine getting this news today, the day before Father's
Day,' Bryson said."

Friday, a sheriff's deputy was killed in nearby LaPlace, and several
police officers have been shot in the surrounding communities in
recent days.

What we have here is a full-fledged crime wave. All the violence
from only half the population.

I wonder. Did we think the devil would go quietly? That he would
turn loose his iron grip on this city without a murmur? That he
would give up so easily what he won over so many years? We know
differently now. Bible students will recall that sometimes when
God's man ordered the demon to leave its victim, it obeyed, but only
with loud screaming and resistance.

I hope you will take this as our personal request for more prayer,
deeper prayer, more intense prayer--for this city and its leaders,
for the people and their protectors, for the churches and their
ministers, and for the rebuilders and the volunteers who are always
here in large numbers.

My wife suggested I share with you something on prayer I posted on
our website a couple of years ago. It was the gist of a summertime
of Wednesday night prayer lessons I did at the First Baptist Church
of Kenner. Please feel free to pass it along or reprint it or to use
in any Christ-honoring way.


"When you don't know how to pray, pray anyway.

When you don't feel like praying, pray anyway.

When dullness sits on you like a vulture, and you can't muster
enough enthusiasm to change channels, much less to pray, pray

When you see no need to pray and no reason to intercede for those
about you, recognize this as a sign of impending danger, and pray

When you've grown spiritually lazy and feel that you'll never be
able to pick up your Bible and read it the way you once did, pray

When you don't understand what the big deal is about prayer, and you
think it's overrated because it never did you much good, pray

When you're too tired to remember your own name, and you know God
will understand if you don't pray, pray anyway.

When you're embarrassed to be back before God confessing the same
sins and admitting the same failures, come on and pray anyway.

When you've been unfaithful and you know it and you feel that burden
of guilt that makes you want to run and hide under the porch, pray

When the nagging voice of the enemy keeps telling you there is no
God and even if there were, He'd never have anything to do with a
nothing like you, pray anyway.

We can bless ourselves immeasurably by rescuing our prayer life from
bondage to our emotions and circumstances. There is no time and
there are no conditions in which prayer is not necessary, not
helpful, and not the right thing to do.

Let us pray."

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This city and your brothers and sisters in this city need your
prayers as never before. Thank you.

--Joe McKeever, Director of Missions, Baptist Association of Greater
New Orleans

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Leading vs. Managing - They're Two Different Animals

Are you a manager or a leader? Although you may hear these two terms thrown out interchangeably, they are in fact two very different animals complete with different personalities and world- views. By learning whether you are more of a leader or more of a manager, you will gain the insight and self-confidence that comes with knowing more about yourself. The result is greater impact and effectiveness when dealing with others and running your business.

We are going to take a look at the different personality styles of managers versus leaders, the attitudes each have toward goals, their basic conceptions of what work entails, their relationships with others, and their sense of self (or self-identity) and how it develops. Last of all, we will examine leadership development and discover what criteria is necessary for leaders to reach their full potential.

First of all, let's take a look at the difference in personality styles between a manager and a leader.

Managers - emphasize rationality and control, are problem-solvers (focusing on goals, resources, organization structures, or people), often ask question, "What problems have to be solved, and what are the best ways to achieve results so that people will continue to contribute to this organization?", are persistent, tough-minded, hard-working, intelligent, analytical, tolerant, and have goodwill toward others.

Leaders - are perceived as brilliant, but sometimes lonely, achieve control of themselves before they try to control others, can visualize a purpose and generate value in work, and are imaginative, passionate, non-conforming risk-takers.

Managers and leaders have very different attitudes toward goals.

Managers - adopt impersonal, almost passive, attitudes toward goals, decide upon goals based on necessity instead of desire and are therefore deeply tied to their organization's culture, and tend to be reactive since they focus on current information.

Leaders - tend to be active since they envision and promote their ideas instead of reacting to current situations, shape ideas instead of responding to them, have a personal orientation toward goals, and provide a vision that alters the way people think about what is desirable, possible, and necessary.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Out of the Seats & Into the Streets!

Taking church to the street in New Zealand

A movement that encourages Christians to meet as church on any day of the
week and in a location of their choice is spreading around New Zealand.
Since it began in 2001, the Revolution Street Church Movement has been
taking the Gospel out of the church buildings and into the streets through
people meeting in homes and public places. The movement, begun as a house
church network by former Salvation Army officers Ron and Rachel Schepers,
is a branch of Lifeway Church in Snells Beach, Warkworth, New Zealand.

One street church is run by young people from Lifeway who work at The
Warehouse in Snells Beach. They meet each week to pray for their workplace
and to find ways to reach out to other employees. Another church has been
established at Waihi Beach to reach the surfing community. They often catch
up on the waves when there is a 'decent swell' and meet on Wednesday
nights. Another street church sponsored a local touch team competition. "We
played with them, held a hangi with them - many of whom were not Christian
- and more." The team ended up taking out the competition and it gave many
opportunities for the church to reach out to people who would not normally
come to a traditional church meeting.

"Part of our established church culture is to send people from the church
out into the mission field," said Schepers. "But what about sending the
church itself as a mission? This is the essence of being a 'missional
church'. It is the difference between going out from a fortress and
bringing people back, to going out and dwelling where the people are. It's
a church willing to adapt its practices to effectively reach those it is
ministering to. While this is difficult, if nearly impossible for large
congregational churches to do, it is something micro-churches or street
churches are ideally set up for."

Source: Lavinia Ngatoko, Challenge Weekly and ANS Information ===>Click headline to access website . . .


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Saturday, June 10, 2006

"Strategic Book" on Collaborating Recently Released

Releasing Power, Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships by Phill Butler

Authentic Books/World Vision
ISBN 1-932805-54-0

>From: Web Evangelism Newsletter June (i) 06

Restored relationships are at the heart of the gospel. There is even
relationship within the Godhead. And only through relationships can groups
of Christians share the gospel (1 Cor. 12:12-31). Sadly, we are not always
good at partnering across organizational or denominational boundaries. Yet
there are many strategic outreaches which are only possible at this
co-operative level.

Phill Butler's new book is born out of many years of helping missions,
ministries, and churches to collaborate strategically. (Phil is the
ministry leader of which exists to facilitate such
collaboration.) He explains, with frequent case studies, the principles
needed to unlock the incredible potential of partnerships. There is really
no other book that offers all these insights.

The list of commendations for this book from mission, church and ministry
leaders reads like a Who's Who of the evangelical world. It really is that
good! Some organizations are buying the book in bulk for all their ministry
leaders (see website for volume discounts). "It's a must read," says Bob
Buford of Leadership Network. Sample chapters are available on their site:
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Friday, June 09, 2006

Paul Cedar Releases New Book on Leadership

Our own Paul Cedar ,along with friend and colleague Ted Engstrom, the Christian Peter Drucker, have just released Compassionate Leadership : Rediscovering Jesus' Radical Leaderhsip Style. Chapters include:
  • Discovering Your Leadership Style (5 Questions & 5 Motivations)
  • Seasoned Counsel for Emerging Leaders
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LC2C Prayer Alert

JUNE 2006

El Paso, TX Area Prayer Requests by Laurie Huffman
  1. Please pray that churches will receive LC2C, adopt a city gate for one year to pray, care and share the gospel, and be united in Kingdom pursuits.
  2. Pray that leadership will arise to usher in the Kingdom of God in every sphere of influence
  3. For our area mayors; salvation from their enemies and knowledge of God
  4. Pray for the blessings of God on our upcoming meetings with Ed Silvoso June 9 and 10
Charleston, WV Prayer Requests by Jacob Bush
  1. Prayer for myself that I become competent on this system to meet the needs of LC2C prayer contact.
  2. Pray that Tom Tolliver, of Charleston, will have the strength, energy and provision as he develops a ministry for family members of incarcerated folks.
  3. Prayers for the leaders in the city: That the Lord would prioritize their time, energy and the assistance they need to be free to work together.
  4. That more in the body of Christ would step up and be involved in loving their city to Christ instead of relying on ordained persons to do the work.
Coachella Valley, California Prayer Requests by Andrea Sanger
  1. Unity among the churches in the Coachella Valley, CA beginning with the monthly Pastor’s Luncheons on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We come from a valley which is approximately 45 miles long and 15 miles wide and encompasses of nine cities. Our history includes a lot of competition among the cities and the churches.
  2. The Lighthouses of the Valley group is in the process of finalizing plans for cooperative events in the Coachella Valley for the next year. Pray that God will move through all of phases of the planning.
Fox Valley, Illinois Prayer Requests by Sheila Straka
  1. Praise God for the Fox Valley Leadership Team meeting and for the renewed sense of passion and urgency.
  2. Thank God for Tony and Donna Danhelka, their leadership and love.
  3. Ask the Lord for continued perseverance, wisdom and discernment for next steps
  4. Please pray for area intercessors to be revitalized, restored, recommitted and released to stand on wall of prayer, resting in God's loving embrace. Asking God to help us only glance at the difficult circumstances and situations but to keep focused and gazing at Jesus , "who is more than enough"
Corvallis , Oregon Prayer Requests by Terri White
  1. For the Spirit to stir the hearts of pastors, para-church and marketplace leaders ....that leaders will hear the "shofar" being sounded calling our city leaders to ownership of this strategy.
  2. Good participation and anointing on the LC2C meeting Thursday night, June 15.
  3. Over the summer: A) Increased "buy in" to the overall strategy, and B God's guidance for the leadership team of the CitiChurch of Corvallis as we seek what implementation of the P-C-S strategy looks like in our city.
Prayer Requests from LC2C Coordinator Phil Miglioratti
  1. Give praise for the hospitality we have encountered in every Pilot City
  2. Petition the Lord for the planning that is taking place for Mission America Coalition Annual Meeting
  3. Pray for the LC2C Steering Committee to recognize the potential of the new role they have accepted
Prayer Requests from Jim Overholt, LC2C Coach
  1. I wanted to let you know that Larry DeWitt and I had a very successful trip to Santa Rosa and Corvallis last week--two pilot cities. Your faithful prayers were highly valued--we learned that Corvallis is one of the most unchurched cities in THE most unchurched state in the country (Oregon), and being a college town it has many bad spiritual influences.
  2. Santa Rosa is worse--the largest city in what George Otis has referred to as one of the two most spiritually dark and dangerous counties in the WORLD--Sonoma County (the worst is Marin county--next to Sonoma--San Francisco, etc). We didn't realize that going in, so your prayers are more important than ever!

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Hallmarks of a Genuie People Movement

Note ---> Is LC2C a program? A project? A process?

Whatever your perspective, let's make it our prayer that it quickly becomes a movement!

At its best, Christianity is a lay movement. Wherever Christianity is growing around the world, whether in South America, Asia, Africa or in Eastern Europe this single characteristic is the most significant element in that growth. That does not mean that there is no leadership, professional or volunteer but it does mean that the goal of leadership is to empower and release the whole body of Christ in such a way that the creation of movement is the result. Mobilisation and multiplication not attraction and addition are the hallmarks of this kind of people movement.

But perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of these various people movements is that in many situations there was little sign of dramatic growth thirty or forty years ago. More than this, if you had talked to any of the long term leaders who were in the field a single generation ago, they would have reported to you that the work was hard, the people unreceptive and the churches lethargic. Few if any would have predicted the outbreak of movement.

That reality is bound to cause us to ask, what is it that causes the generation and growth of movement? . . .

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This paper is chapter 5 of Martin Robinson’s excellent book, 'Invading Secular Space: Strategies for Tomorrow's Church', which can be ordered at

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