Today’s entry is by guest blogger, Dr. Parnell Lovelace.
During my time in leadership of a local church of 3,500 people, we decided to create and implement tangible outreach objectives that would impact child welfare and health in our community. Disparities in health and disproportionate representation of African American and Hispanic people within the county significantly impacted infant mortality rates. We approached individuals in our congregation with backgrounds in health, education, and social services and formed a steering team that would explore avenues by which the church could collaborate with other community organizations to develop an intervention program that would help lower the rates of infant mortality (children ages birth-1.5 years old) in our county. Continue Reading
Today’s entry is by guest blogger Randy Lovejoy. His new website– www.EnactedPrayers.com— will be going live in August.
“He is risen!” said Steve to another man who had just gotten out of one of the teepees which surrounded the common area. “Right” the man responded, somewhat confused and still asleep. It was Easter morning and so the greeting was certainly appropriate. But this was a group of families who do not go to church. They don’t know what to do with such a phrase; even if it is Holy Week. Continue Reading
Today’s blog entry is by guest blogger, Dr. Parnell Lovelace.
Recently, I experienced some difficulty accessing information on my laptop. After attempting several times to use the password I had entered previously on the site, it became apparent that the only option was to reset the password. The old password simply was not working. This experience helped me to consider what is often the case with many churches that attempt to access the culture through old entry points. Continue Reading
The Rev. Jonathan Hunnicutt, of The Table Church, sent me this prayer recently and I thought I would share it with you. It is one of the prayers for mission from Morning Prayer Rite II. 1979 Book of Common Prayer, page 101:
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on
the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within
the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit
that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those
who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for
the honor of your Name. Amen.
Sometimes we take a look at a particular neighborhood or subculture and we think it’s really bad… and it may be. But how might God want to redeem or use that area? How can we take the energy we feel and use it constructively? God may very well be at work there.
Let’s take new age thinking for example. Pastors tend to get down on that. But if we look more closely, there’s an opportunity there. We can find people there who are incredibly interested in the spiritual. The very fact that they would pursue such things shows how desperate they are for authentic spiritual transformation. Continue Reading