Whole Church, Whole Gospel, Whole City

Feb 9, 2016 7:30:00 AM 1 COMMENTS

(Third in the series on 30 Actions and Ideas that Create Good Cities)

In 1975 I was considering a position with Young Life in the Pittsburgh area. All potential staff met with Reid Carpenter (pictured below), the Young Life Regional Director. Reid began that day with the big City Transformation -- Carpentervision for the region, the nation, and the world as he shared the newly minted vision of the Lausanne Movement: "The whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world." Riffing off his friend and Lausanne Cities Associate, Ray Bakke, he quickly refined the statement to: "The whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole city." 

Reid identified Young Life as a part of this larger international evangelism movement and said, "Our vision is to make Pittsburgh as famous for God as for steel." In doing so he interpreted Lausanne's mission for the local context  in order to land tangible results. He and others in Pittsburgh took this worldwide missional vision and made it their own.

Reid took it down one step further. He applied the vision to the youth ministry work we were considering as he said, "Young Life believes in an approach that values evangelism and discipleship with youth. If you had two tea cups and five eggs, three eggs

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Topics: Exploration, Featured Video, Church Unity

Community Leadership With a Focus on Neighborhoods

Mar 6, 2014 10:33:44 AM 0 COMMENTS

Geography is important within cities. People have a sense of place attached to their identity. It is never just a general sense of place as in "I'm from Cleveland."I may say this to someone I have just met, but the truth of the matter is that I am from Bay Village, a third ring western suburb of Cleveland with a 5 mile shoreline on the southern shore of Lake Erie. When I say that I am from Bay Village, I mean that I grew up there through the first 21 years of my life. My memories of this place and the people I knew there shaped my identity in powerful ways.Community Transformation through NET

Today, I'm from the Twin Cities. I have lived here for 20 years. During that time I have lived in the same house in a second ring southwestern suburb, Eden Prairie. As an adult, my life and my identity have been developed in a far more intentional way through my marriage to Kathy, my choice of vocation, my interaction with my children, my neighbors, my church, and the leaders of the communities I choose to interact with here in the Twin Cities.

I serve as a community leadership coach to cities. One of the cities where I am currently working is Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Topics: Exploration, Community Transformation, Featured Video

Six Stages of City Transformation video

Nov 5, 2013 4:43:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

Here's a short video produced by GospelMovements.com that describes the six stages of city transformation and how exploration took place in Modesto, CA.

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Topics: Stages of City Transformation, Exploration, Community Transformation, Church Leadership

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