The CDC reported fewer than 7,200 total US overdose deaths in 1970 at the height of the heroin epidemic. Over 9,000 lives were claimed in the height of the crack epidemic in 1988. While overdose deaths are just one aspect of the deadliest year in US history (approximately 378,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 of more than 3.3 million deaths), Christians should be first responders rushing to the front lines of this crisis.

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The Mission of the Cycle of Light I spend a lot of my life paying attention to rhythms. The seasons; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, loom large as they usher in familiar patterns and moments that transport me to various times of my life.  Having been raised in a liturgical tradition, there is a rhythm in […]

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¡Allí, entre sorpresas, gustos, y sustos nace la iglesia alrededor de una mesa! 

Cada momento al estar juntos era una bueno para partir el pan, comer juntos, y con insondable alegría. Surge entonces un amor tan profundo a tal punto que compartían con todos de acuerdo a sus necesidades, tanto así que nadie tenia escasez (Hechos 2:42-47).

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There, between surprises and scares, the church is born around a table!

Every moment of being together was a good time to break bread, eat together with unwavering joy. Love anchored so profound that they shared with everyone according to their needs, so much so that no one had a shortage (Acts 2:42-47).

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As much as the pandemic has given us unprecedented challenges in the church’s mission it has also given us opportunities to try new things and adapt the former things to the realities of protocols, restrictions and an infected world.   Some of this has happened around regular calendar moments and we have another one coming […]

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Church leaders may be eager to return to life as normal, but the pandemic has changed us. Even the most energetic churches are seeing only a fraction of their attendees return.

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A new season of ministry– whether starting as the pastor of a church, taking a position as a new staff member, accepting a new job, entering a new stage of life such as retirement, or just moving across town—is a place and time to reorient yourself and your team toward a posture of mission before you are pushed to settle in to a rut of expectations and needs. Like me, you may have come from a setting where you were doing cutting-edge stuff, starting dinner churches, pouring into leaders to begin fresh expressions of church, and getting people to think outside the box. But you will remember that did not happen overnight.

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Pastor Nona Jones Nona Jones is a rare combination of preacher, business executive, author, and entrepreneur. In her day job she serves as the Head of North America Community Partnerships and Global Faith Based Partnerships at Facebook. She is the bestselling author of two books; Success from the Inside Out, chronicling her unlikely story of […]

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6 Essential Pandemic Practices for Black Churches Over nineteen months ago, many black church leaders began to contemplate these questions regarding COVID-19:  What are we going to do if we cannot meet in person for worship services and conduct regular weekly activities?  How will we respond as spiritual leaders to the pandemic? How will we […]

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Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer has been Senior Pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angeles since1982. In 2000, the congregation purchased The Great Western Forum (previous home of the Los Angeles Lakers),which they also operated as a commercial entertainment venue before selling it to Madison Square Garden in 2013. Dr. […]

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