That’s Different, but…

By: Scott Armstrong Los Angeles, California.  I was 20 years old.  I was with 100+ other university students preparing to dedicate our summer to cross-cultural ministry.  But first, the Church of the Nazarene and the Youth in Mission leaders had invited us to five days of training. On one afternoon, they were drilling into us... Continue Reading →

Ten Rules Of A Toxic Faith System

Part of our work in bringing a genesis to the cities of our region is training the existing congregations in urban settings to become healthy and missional.  This has proven much more strenuous than merely training missionaries and church planters to begin churches from scratch.  Why? An alarming amount of existing faith communities are mired... Continue Reading →

IT IS TIME!

Por: Erika Ríos Hasenauer  It is time we as a nation, and especially as a community of faith, reconciliation, compassion and holiness, talk about it. The recent racial incidents in the United States and now the Black Lives Matter movement are provoking this conversation whether we were ready or not. In tears as I watched... Continue Reading →

A Community of Trust

By: Rev. Craig Shepperd In the 2000 comedy hit, Meet the Parents, Greg Focker (Ben Stiller’s character) meets his future in-laws for the first time. Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) wants to make sure Greg is worthy of his daughter. Jack lays out several tests for Greg to pass to insure he is capable of... Continue Reading →

5 Steps for Disciple Multiplication – Part 1 of 2

By Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird A simple tool for apprenticing followers of Christ who can apprentice others. I wonder if out of reverence for Jesus being divine, we sometimes dismiss his disciple-making practices and think, Well, that’s because it’s Jesus; he’s God. Of course he’s the best people-developer in the universe. So we admire how... Continue Reading →

Tear Down Every Barrier!

By Luz Jimenez Avendaño “In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.  When they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work... Continue Reading →

Urban Evangelization – Part 1 of 2

By Scott and Emily Armstrong The city has it all, doesn’t it? Schools and universities, hospitals and doctor’s offices, theatres and shopping malls – the list goes on and on! With more employment opportunities and access to health care and education, it’s obvious why people want to live in the city. Global statistics tell us that... Continue Reading →

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