Monday, March 31, 2008

Changing The Culture ~ From Management to Leadership

Monday Morning Insight

What’s Your Church’s Biggest Strength: Management or Leadership?

Leadership and management guru Peter Drucker once said, “Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things.” When I read that recently, I thought that this statement could be very true in today’s American church. Here’s my theory: Could it be that while most churches are ‘doing things righ’t, a smaller group of churches are ‘doing the right things’?

The percentage of churches in decline is America is substantial. (I’ve heard as high as 90%!) It’s my hypothesis that each of these churches (and if you take the conservative church count in the country of 200,000 churches, 90% would be a whopping 180,000 American churches!) have to be ‘doing things right’ to some degree. Doing things right means things like conducting weekend services, maintaining property and facilities, making payroll, and caring for their attenders. In essence, as long as there are still people attending most churches, the churches, by and large, are ‘doing things right’, at least from a management standpoint.

But what about the other 10% of churches in America that are growing and vibrant? Could it be that they have moved beyond ‘doing things right’ to ‘doing the right things’? Every single one of the growing churches I’ve seen are very outwardly focused. They reach out and specifically target reaching their communities. They move beyond ‘management’ to dare to try new things; new programs; and new approaches. They are not afraid of change. They are not afraid to confront the culture. They are leaders. And the result is a growing and community-changing church.

What’s your church’s strength? Management or Leadership?

Have a great week!
Todd A. Rhoades
Todd A. Rhoades
Editor / Publisher - MondayMorningInsight.com


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Saved?

Singing in the Chains
by Mark Buchanan

Glimpsing Transformation: What must I do to be saved?

Believe in Jesus.
Yes. Believe in Jesus, so that your sins will be forgiven and your name written in the Book of Life. Please, let us never,in the name of any fashion or fad in theology, make the gospel less than this.

But what do we mean, what should we mean, by saved? Does it not also include freedom and power, here and now, to live a life so transformed that others glimpse in it the possibility of their own transformation? Please, let us always, in the name of the God who saves us, mean this by the gospel as well.

Arthur Burns, a Jewish economist of great influence in Washington during the tenure of several Presidents, was once asked to pray at a gathering of evangelical politicians. Stunning his hosts, he prayed thus: "Lord, I pray that Jews would come to know Jesus Christ. And I pray that Buddhists would come to know Jesus Christ. And I pray that Muslims would come to know Jesus Christ."

And then, most stunning of all: "And Lord, I pray that Christians would come to know Jesus Christ."

Such a good prayer, I've started praying it myself.

Christianity Today
February 2008

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Quote; Unquote . . .

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"The goal of moving from decay to restoration is not simply for the church to grow numerically, not simply to have more churches with more people sitting in them. Instead, the goal is to move the church into more fruitful ministry so that the church can transform culture with the love and grace of God."


David T. Olson, The American Church in Crisis


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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Coaching ~ Teaching or Training?




The Top Coach Training Problems with Effective Solutions
By Tony Stoltzfus

There's a lot of interest in training staff or lay leaders in coaching skills in a church setting. There are also a lot of churches that haven't seen much in the way of results for their efforts to teach coaching. I believe certain skills in the coaching approach (listening, drawing people out, and pursuing their hearts) are absolutely vital and transformational for the church in this generation, but to access the power of coaching we need to make some changes in how we try to reproduce it.
Here are some of the top problems in local church coach training, along with keys to solving those problems and making your coach training successful:

1. Teaching vs. Training
One of the biggest paradigm shifts and behavior changes you need to make to coach is to get out of the telling mode. Unfortunately, in church settings, our first instinct when we want people to learn something (even coaching) is to teach on it. So we sit our audience down in rows and start telling them not to tell--in other words, we are literally saying, "Do as I say, not as I do." That doesn't work so well.

Solution: Train the Way You Coach
Instead, use demonstration and debriefing to present coaching concepts, instead of relying exclusively (or even mostly) on teaching. Then people discover the coaching paradigm on their own...

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Culture Change & Lifestlye Intersect

Why did you write this book?
Seven years ago, God took me on an 18-month journey that changed me. In short, I shifted from pastoring to coaching pastors. As God opened doors from church to church across the country I was absolutely stunned by the "clarity vacuum" in the heart of the local church and even in our "best" churches. I can remember one very prominent pastor, leaning forward with pen in hand and asking me to repeat again, the difference between mission and vision. The jargon of vision is common, but the practice of visionary leadership is not.

Is that what prompted you to start writing?
At that time, I felt compelled to design a process that would more effectively help leaders "get" vision. My idea was in stark contrast to practices we have been used to in the world of church. As our "vision pathway" process took wings and exposure began to snowball, more and more leaders kept requesting a book on the subject.

How did your varied background tie into the book?
Three life experiences mark my work in this primary call.


First, I was a "spiritual mutt" growing up--I had no significant continuity in a denominational heritage. I resented this for a while, but I now see how God used the exposure to a variety of church cultures to develop an appreciation for the diversity of His kingdom. Second is my training and work as a chemical engineer, which developed my problem-solving and process orientation. Third is my background as an advertising agency executive, which refined how I think about creating intentional communication.

What lessons have you learned about casting vision?
The first lesson is that we need to radically "recast" our view of vision because we’ve been inadvertently misled in a foundational way. My rally cry is to recapture vision as a visionary lifestyle--as a team sport that is practiced each day. Today when most church leaders think of vision, they refer either to a "statement" (a lofty one-liner or an eloquent page dump) or to a leadership style that mimics attention deficit disorder ("visionary" is our term to feel okay about the unbridled creativity of the point leader). There is nothing inherently visionary about a static document or lack of focus in the organization.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Praying for Wicked Cities

Survivor Babylon: How to Make the Best of a Bad Situation

What do you do when you don’t like the circumstances of your life and it seems as if those circumstances aren’t going to change anytime soon? Jeremiah 29 teaches us a lot about this important question.

>>>Note: Ray's messages have application to community and citywide issues.

I suppose one of the hardest commands in the Bible to obey is the command of Jesus that we should pray for our enemies (Luke 6:27). It is hard because prayer is the last thing we want to do for our enemies. Mostly, there a lot of things we would like to do to our enemies--like getting even or making them suffer like we have suffered.

Here's the background: King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had attacked Jerusalem and sent many of the people into exile. It was a humiliating experience for the people of God. It was also a punishment from the Lord because of their rebellion. In a true sense, they got what was coming to them--70 years in captivity in a foreign land, ruled by pagans who did not worship God.

Not all of the Jews were taken to Babylon. Jeremiah was one of those who were left behind. Chapter 29 records a letter he sent from Jerusalem to the exiles in Babylon in order to encourage them. God's message is unexpected: "Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper" (v. 7). God's word is very simple: I put you in Babylon for a purpose. Although I know you are humiliated, discouraged and angry, do not despair. And pray for the prosperity of Babylon.

Read that last phrase of verse 7 very carefully: "If it prospers, you too will prosper." Here is a message from God for all of us. Many who read these words find themselves caught in a bad situation at work, or at school, or at home. Someone has hurt you deeply and it's all you can do not to strike back. With all your energy, you barely hold back the bitterness. And some of it sloshes over the top now and then. You couldn't pray for your enemies if your life depended on it. But God says to do it anyway. That's the whole point of Jeremiah 29:7.===>Click headline to access Pastor Ray's messages . . .


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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Coaching ~ Leading or Following?

Jesus Wasn’t a Leader
by Bill Allison
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Jesus wasn't a "leader."

He wasn't a CEO.

He violated the "laws of leadership."

He actually resisted opportunities to increase his influence—even when the crowd demanded more of him. (How strange is that in this day and age?)

No, Jesus was none of the mental images that are so prevalent in our current North American thinking about leadership.

I contend that Jesus was, first and foremost, a follower.

Yeah, you'll probably have to read that previous sentence again.

I know that being a follower these days doesn't sound nearly as sexy as being a leader, but Jesus didn't seem to mind being a follower. Explaining to his disciples that he was a follower—and who he was following, he said, "...I love the Father and... I do exactly what my Father has commanded me" (John 14:31). Make no mistake about it. Jesus was a resolute follower of God the Father—and the Father's agenda for his life... to the point of death.

The irony here is that because Jesus was a dedicated follower of the Father and every little part of the Father's agenda for his life, the right people recognized him as someone worth following. Hence, Jesus trained a cadre of not-so-promising folks to follow him as he followed God's agenda. These followers of Jesus personally surrendered themselves to Jesus and God's agenda for their lives... and then gave themselves to the wild, out-of-control movement of helping other people follow God's agenda—training them to help others become followers of God's agenda... who would then go on to help others become followers of God's agenda, ad infinitum. (For more on this, GO HERE.)

Of course, Jesus, by training others to follow God's agenda for their lives, ultimately started a revolution. But it wasn't a "leadership" revolution as much as it was a followership revolution. The emphasis of Jesus' followership revolution is on following God's agenda... not "leading" it (at least not in the current way many today understand the concept of leadership).

It's really important to note here that being a Christian "leader" has nothing to do with OUR vision, plan, or agenda.

Jesus already has a big dream—one that was given to him by God the Father (Matthew 28:18-20).
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Jesus wants us to scrap OUR visions, plans, and agendas... and do something absolutely revolutionary: Follow him and the Father's agenda—and then train others to follow him and the Father's agenda... so they can train others, ad infinitum.

So beware of the emotional inebriation that comes from engaging in leadership bravado. While you are conjecturing on casting vision, strategic planning, and developing leaders, you could forget that you're supposed to be following a follower—and that you are called to make followers... who can make more followers (see 2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Corinthians 11:1). While you are drinking deep from the current fountain of leadership, me-carcinogens can slip in undetected. Somewhere down the road, you could end up trying to lead your own agenda in God's name rather than following God's agenda.

To really "lead" like Jesus, you must first dare to follow like Jesus.

If you think about it, following takes a lot more guts than "leading" because you're not in control of the agenda—you're accepting God's agenda as your own.

Here's the important and compelling question that only you can REALLY answer: Do you have the guts to follow like Jesus?

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" Evangelism and social action are not the same thing, but..."



Response to Ralph Winter by Ron Sider
Mission Frontiers January-February 2008
I am happy to provide a short response to Ralph Winter's piece, "The Future of Evangelicals in Mission" which appeared in the Sept-Oct 2007 issue of Mission Frontiers.
What I want to underline--and celebrate with Ralph Winter----is the historic shift in the modern evangelical world in the last forty or so years. Forty years ago, most evangelical leaders would have agreed that the primary mission of the church is "saving souls"--i.e., evangelism is our primary mission. Only if we have a little time and money left over can we devote a little of each to social ministry.
Ralph Winter rightly celebrates the fact that things have changed dramatically. Today, almost all evangelical leaders agree that we are to do both evangelism and social action. They are both parts of a biblically shaped mission.
Many persons, documents and movements have contributed to this significant change. John Stott, Samuel Escobar and Rene Padilla all contributed to the historic affirmation in the Lausanne Covenant (1974) that evangelism and social responsibility are both part of our biblical task as Christians. Vinay Samuel, the International Fellowship of Evangelical Missions Theologians and Transformation magazine all played key roles, So did John Perkins and his national network in the U.S. of over seven hundred holistic ministries in the Christian Community Development Association--every one of which combines evangelism and social ministry in helping poor folk escape poverty.
Ralph Winter is also right to warn against losing the balance of evangelism and social ministry. I do not see how one can read the Gospels and not see that Jesus combined word and deed. But history shows that it is so easy to so emphasize one side or the other that one loses the other crucial component. It would be possible for evangelical social activists in the next twenty years to become so preoccupied with social action that they neglect evangelism. That dare not happen. We must renew and strengthen our commitment to inviting persons who do not now confess Jesus as Savior and Lord, to accept the Gospel and come into a living personal relationship with the Savior. We need more evangelism, not less.
Evangelism and social action are not the same thing, but they belong inseparably together in the mission of faithful Christians.
This essay is both a significant measure of how much progress the evangelical world has made in embracing holistic mission and a clarion call to the next generation to get on with the biblical task of following Jesus our perfect model in combining evangelism and social action in the power of the Spirit.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

CARE ~ Small Groups Key to Becoming Missional



When leaders of Chase Oaks Church (A Fellowship Bible Church, Plano, TX) decided to expand the church’s service to the community, the discussion came around to integrating service into a core ministry of their church--small groups.

"While we thought our groups were healthy, we soon realized that truly healthy groups have a purpose beyond themselves," says Glen Brechner, Adult Ministry Team Leader at Chase Oaks. Not only did leaders want healthy groups, they also knew that mobilizing groups to serve would create a massive work force of 1,800 individuals to love and serve their city.

They developed a strategy for each of their groups to be internally healthy and externally focused, and cast this new vision through leader training and DVD-based curriculum. "Being externally focused means that as you travel together with your group, you will not have tunnel vision but will be looking for others to bring on the journey," Glen told group leaders.

All small groups at Chase Oaks are expected to actively pursue meeting a global, local or personal community need one out of every four or five times the group meets. "Instead of spending an evening in a living room, they’re spending that time in a food pantry or teen shelter serving the community together," says Glen.

Like Chase Oaks, North Coast Church (Vista, CA) also has a strong small group culture with over 280 groups and a goal to complete a community service project each day of the year. Casey Yorman, community ministry pastor, says, "Seventy to eighty percent of our church is involved in a small group. We asked each small group to do one service project during the year."

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Changing The Culture ... Or Else...


Our misguided belief that life change can come through proper knowledge acquired through education has failed to produce the kind of radical commitment to life in harmony with God in the way of Jesus that we are called to." Doug Pagitt, Church Re-Imagined




Americans Approve of Alternatives to Conventional Church
(Barna) New research shows six church-attending alternatives are deemed by a most US adults to be "a complete and biblically valid way for someone who does not participate in the services or activities of a conventional church to experience and express their faith in God." Those alternatives include engaging in faith activities at home, with one's family (considered acceptable by 89% of adults); being active in a house church (75%); watching a religious television program (69%); listening to a religious radio broadcast (68%); attending a special ministry event, such as a concert or community service activity (68%); and participating in a marketplace ministry (54%)....
[Read the article] | [Barna: "House Churches Are More Satisfying to Attenders Than Are Conventional Churches"] | [House Church Central] | [HouseChurchNetwork.com] | [HouseChurch.org] | [HouseChurchBlog] | [House2House Ministries] | [Every Home A Church] | [HouseChurch.ca] | [Pew Forum: "US Religious Landscape Survey"] | [Baylor Institute for the Studies of Religion: "American Piety in the 21st Century"]

>Inspiring resources for timely reading, viewing, & listening:
[] They Like Jesus but Not the Church by Dan Kimball
[] Church: Why Bother? by Philip Yancey
[] The American Church in Crisis: Groundbreaking Research Based on a National Database of over 200,000 Churches by David T. Olson (foreword by Craig Groeschel)
[] Death of the Church: The Church has a choice: to die as a result of its resistance to change or to die in order to live by Mike Regele & Mark Schulz
[] Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church by D. A. Carson
[] Confessions of a Reformission Rev. by Mark Driscoll
[] The Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll
[] The Out of Bounds Church? by Steve Taylor
[] Church Re-Imagined by Doug Pagitt
[] The Emerging Church by Dan Kimball
[] Emerging Worship by Dan Kimball
[] The Church in Transition by Tim Conder
[] The Church in Emerging Culture: 5 Perspectives by Andy Crouch, Michael S. Horton, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Brian D. McLaren, & Erwin Raphael McManus
[] Making Sense of Church by Spencer Burke
[] A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren
[] Dear Church: Letters from a Disillusioned Generation by Sarah Cunningham


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CARE ~ Creative Ideas and Best Practices

By Steve Sjogren
All leaders of outreach - Servant Evangelism - Outflow have clearly sensed people?s sense of ?I don?t have it in me? either before they jumped it as they pondered getting involved in serving OR as they wandered away from a lifestyle of serving. Often the confusion connected with who is loving whom? Ponder this...

Let's Change The World!
By Serve!
What happens when we reach out? What do we say when interacting with those we serve? What about verbalizing the gospel with them? Find the answers to these questions and more!

Best Practices
By John Edgar Caterson
A couple of years ago our church took a rather different approach to Easter! Instead of holding our service at our typical location, a neighborhood elementary school, we held an Easter service at the new Community Center at Central Park.

Ask Dr. Savant
The Skill Of Tuning In On Other's... After Serving Them
By Dr. Savant
I have wanted God to use me in connecting with those far from God but have had little success. I have paid for coffee, done Valentine candy give aways, business blasts... but what next?

Outward Focused Living
In Search Of Real Community This Easter
By Scott Bane
Nothing can burn away the masks and get us down to who we really are like sleeping outside in the rain, showering in the presence of guys you just met, and sharing toilets with four hundred other people.


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Friday, March 07, 2008

Prayer ~ Marketplace Prayer in Pilot City

Chicago Tribune

Ministry offers prayers on the go

Christian group sees house of worship in a company's office and on the street

The basement meeting room at Park National Bank in downtown Geneva looks nothing like a church, and the eight people gathered there were dressed in business casual, not their Sunday best.

But when they got down to the work of praying for the "tri-cities" of St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia on a recent Tuesday, the room rang with religious fervor.

Half clergy, half secular businesspeople, a group called Tri-Cities Pray has met at the bank every second and fourth Tuesday since Jan. 15 asking God to guide residents' thoughts and actions as they work, educate and raise their families. On alternate weeks, Tri-Cities Pray hits the road, cruising through the communities and asking God's blessing for every home, school, bridge and business they pass.

"I've seen marketplace ministries in Argentina, Florida and Minnesota, and I know they can have a wonderful effect on the communities they serve. We want to bring that blessing to the Tri-Cities," said Tri-Cities Pray founder Bob Troendly, a retired Batavia factory owner who now lives in Geneva.

The group is the latest example of a new paradigm for Christian worship called "marketplace ministry," which uses prayer to spread Christian principles from the church into public institutions such as businesses, schools and local governments.

On this day, members prayed for the general health and safety of the communities, for the Batavia Police Department, which has had two officers commit suicide in the last year and for victims of the Northern Illinois University shootings. They also gave thanks that the Geneva High School choir had returned safely after performing at Disney World.

"There's so much to pray for here, it could be hard to keep up," Troendly said.

Occasionally business owners invite the group onto the premises, as did Joseph Slawek, chief executive officer of Flavors of North American.

"I'm very grateful these people took the time and effort to invite God into my company and pray for our success," he said. "I personally believe church has to be more than a Sunday-morning sermon, so I think it's great that they want to help people bring God into their workdays. A lot of life happens during the week. Why not ask God for help with it?"

Other local business owners' reactions to the concept ranged from enthusiastic to politely skeptical.

"I don't see how it would help, but it can't hurt," said Sharon Harwick, owner of Fabric Boutique in Batavia.

Tri-Cities Pray members hope more community leaders will get involved, especially school and civic officials.

"We're certainly not going to force ourselves on schools. We're not going to walk into a school and pray there during the school day," said group member Tony Danhelka, president of Riverwoods Christian Center in St. Charles.

"But we hope leaders in Districts 101, 303 and 304 will join us in prayer, tell us what issues they'd like us to pray for and invite us to hold community prayer meetings in their school buildings after classes," he said.

Any community group can meet in Batavia's public schools after school hours as long as space is available and the school principal consents, said District 101 Board of Education member Kristin Behmer. But board members and administrators are unlikely to join them, except as private individuals.

"We have a responsibility to the district and its students to not favor any religion over any other," Behmer said. "You can teach students about religion to a certain degree, but you can't follow any particular religion as a representative of the district."

At least one city official is applauding the group's goals.

"The idea of community members coming together to pray for the community sounds fine to me," said Batavia Ald. Victor Dietz (2nd). "I think the Tri-Cities could use some prayers. ... We open all our City Council meetings with an invocation, and we have prayed as a public body in times of grief or crisis. As long as no one forces people to participate, I don't see a problem with it."

Rabbi Jonathan Cohn of Temple Kneseth Israel in Elgin said that although praying for all residents to be guided by a Christian God is somewhat presumptuous, he has nothing against Tri-Cities Pray's efforts.

"Every religion is presumptuous in one respect or another, and evangelism is not alien to mainstream Christianity," said Cohn. "What they're doing is within their own covenant, so it will be effective only within their covenant. God bless them; I hope it works out for them."

In Elgin and Aurora, a similar initiative encourages priests and pastors of local churches to work together on charitable projects and prayer groups to benefit their communities. The Loving Our Communities to Christ program is sponsored by the evangelical group Mission America Coalition.

"We're trying to bring about a catalytic culture change in churches and communities, helping leaders who don't normally work together to focus on loving God by loving their neighbors," said program coordinator Phil Miglioratti of Palatine.

"Civic leaders are coming to realize that prayer groups have something to offer their communities," he said, "and that's going to happen in the Tri-Cities."

Danhelka said it's possible Tri-Cities Pray would become part of that initiative in the future. "The beauty of this group is that we've given God a blank piece of paper and said, 'Tell us what you want us to do,'" he said.

For now, Tri-Cities Pray is focusing on bringing more lay Christians into the group.

"When I was looking for someplace for us to meet, I purposely picked this spot because it's not a church," Troendly said. "Since so many people no longer go to church, we're trying to bring God to them where they work."
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For more on Tri-Cities Pray, contact Troendly atrtroendly@aol.com or Danhelka at tony@riverwoodschristiancenter.org.


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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Changing The Culture ~ Cancel Church!


Whittier Area Community Church Cancels Worship Services to serve Community in 3rd Annual "Serve Weekend" -- 106 Projects Slated for March 29/30 -- 22 Whitter Churches Slated for their own Serve Weekend in May

Whittier Area Community Church Contact: Colleen Marks
562.945.4500 Ex. 122

WHITTIER, CA (ANS) -- Whittier Area Community Church (WACC) in Southern California is canceling worship services on March 29 & 30 in order to reach out to the community through service projects. This weekend is designed to "give back" to the community by performing a number of projects often overlooked due to time or budget constraints.

Dr. William (Bill) Carl Ankerberg

"We are asking our congregation NOT TO COME TO SERVICES on March 29 & 30 but to instead worship God by serving in our community. The church is often perceived as a place that takes. We want the community to know that WACC is a church that gives. We will paint, landscape, clean up trash, cook, garden and spend time with those who need love," says Dr. William (Bill) Carl Ankerberg. "So far, we have 109 projects scheduled for Serve Weekend."

"It's important to have a variety of projects to ensure that everyone in our congregation, including children, can participate," says Colleen Marks, Pastor of Community Outreach. "With the increase in the number of projects, we were grateful to receive $5,000 from SkyRose Chapel Foundation at Rose Hills Memorial Park to help cover costs for supplies," says Project Coordinator at WACC, Don Mrla.

Last year, the family of deceased Whittier Police Officer, Tom Lamping, received a complete home makeover and women at Shea Convalescent Hospital received some personal attention with a mini make-over.

This year WACC is serving the Salvation Army, Whittier Police Department, Firefighters, the Military, Whittier Schools, Whittier Rio Hondo Aids Project, City of Whittier, Men and women in recovery, the terminally ill, Whittier Pregnancy Care Facility, the children of Malawi, Africa, the elderly, the homeless, East Whittier YMCA, Los Angeles Mission, Whittier Central Library, cancer patients, First Day and more. This year the most exciting part of Serve Weekend is being able to share the concept and the roadmap with 22 other churches in Whittier who will have their own "Serve Weekend" in May.

If you would like to participate in Serve Weekend at WACC or would like to download details on serve projects, please contact Don Mrla at 562.945.4500 Ex. 163 or visit www.wacc.net and click on the "Gone Serving" banner.

Whittier Area Community Church is an independent community church committed to following God and loving people. WACC is located at the corner of Colima and Mar Vista, 8175 Villaverde Drive, Whittier, California 90605. For further information concerning the church, its global concern, service times and events, log on to www.wacc.net. Also, WACC weekend messages are available via podcast @ iTunes


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PRAYER ~ CARE ~ SHARE ~ Archive of Ideas & Resources

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The Mission America Coalition provides a free monthly enewsletter to subscribers called MAC EConnections.

MAC EConnections will help you pray for, care for and share Jesus Christ with those around you. You’ll also learn how communities across the nation are coming together to demonstrate the love and grace of Jesus Christ by Loving their Community to Christ. MAC EConnections offers encouragement, resources and motivation as together we share Jesus in word in deed and seek the spiritual transformation of our nation.

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