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18 Sep

Room at Christ's Table: A Kairos Moment at Conference [Video]

Sometimes God interrupts our plan with his own. One of the things that seemed to be on his agenda for CRM during World Wide Conference was to challenge us to make room for those who are different than us, and repent of any prejudice we were carrying in our hearts. The themes of honor, blessing, and reconciliation for the sake of the gospel emerged over and over again. God got our attention.

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21 Aug

Letting New Leaders Carry the Vision



“What happens if you get hit by a bus tomorrow? Who can carry your vision for gospel movement among the youth in Phnom Penh?”

When a life coach asked me this question, it sparked a desire to truly become a leader who can multiply a movement. Since then, I have been on a steep learning curve, participating in a global peer-learning cohort for multiplying leaders, inviting strategic minds to speak into what I am trying to launch, and spending time with global leaders from whom I can glean.

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26 Jul

Where We Begin to Change the World: The Development of Love

It’s hard to put into words why I came to love Kolkata, the City of Joy. Its mayhem of movement and noise were overwhelming to my introvertedness, its poverty and need overwhelming to my sense of compassion and empathy, its emotionally honest and exuberant people overwhelming to my midwestern reserve. I don’t know why I loved it, but I did.

I think it had something to do with the community I found there. In the midst of heartbreaking and hopeless situations, I heard story after story of God’s people moved by compassion into the middle of the hardest places and worst neighborhoods. Their commitment inspired me. I wanted to become more like them. I wanted to take part in changing the pain of the world into joy.

I found a similar sense of kinship with the most well-known figure to have ever left home and country to serve God in that city, Mother Teresa.

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19 Jun

You Know You’re Apostolic When...

 

“If you have apostolic passion, you are one of the most dangerous people on the planet.”


–Floyd McClung, Apostolic Passion


According to the Analytical Greek Lexicon, apostolos (or ἀπόστολος) is one sent as a messenger or agent, the bearer of a commission, messenger; an apostle.

What is an apostle?

When people intent on carrying out the mission of God talk about the need for “apostolic” people, what do they mean? Who are they looking for?

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30 Nov

Walking With Leaders of a Movement in the Middle East [Photo Journal]

A group of CRM partners and staff traveled together to witness the movement of God around the world first-hand. Here are the journal reflections of one of those pilgrims... (Read the previous journal entries here.)

Vision Trip Day 5: Sitting With Refugees in the Middle East



Proximity is a potent antidote: Antidote to fear. Antidote to ignorance. Antidote to indifference.

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28 Nov

Walking With Leaders of a Movement in London [Photo Journal]

A group of CRM partners and staff traveled together to witness the movement of God around the world first-hand. Here are the journal reflections of one of those pilgrims...

Vision Trip Day 2: West London Movement Leaders


It’s amazing the power of a leader. Especially a leader that has vision and is resourced.

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17 Nov

Operation Outhouse and Beyond: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for the Roma (Gypsy) Community

A young business leader named Zsolt had an encounter with God. Up until that point Zsolt had been living the dream—big fancy house and international travel. But after Zsolt met Jesus he felt called to give up his business, sell his home and two cars, and go under the tutelage of a pastor in an isolated and largely unreached part of Romania. He moved his family into a three-room communist era apartment and started serving under this pastor. We were surprised when two years later the pastor, who was going blind, handed his church over to Zsolt. CRM staff, Brad Baker, admits, “We didn’t see what the pastor saw in Zsolt, but God did.”

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15 Nov

A Better Life for Gizella: How Good Leaders are Creating Hope in Eastern Europe

It’s been over 150 years since Hungarians have experienced inspiring, well-known leaders who have had a long-term positive impact on the nation. Whereas in the U.S. if you ask a group of kids to name positive examples of leaders they can rattle off a bunch of names, in Hungary, kids can only think of negative examples—from two world wars in the 20th century and two brutal dictatorships (the Nazis and Fascism, followed by Communism), where many people were murdered and families were separated. People learned they couldn’t trust anyone—especially leaders. A very negative image of leadership was formed.

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13 Nov

No Longer Undercover: A 30–Year Legacy of Raising Up God’s Leaders in Eastern Europe

Go to the northeast corner of the intersection. Your contact will be wearing a black ski hat and have a large rolled up newspaper under his right arm. You will greet him with the name Gyuri. He will show you what to do next...

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29 Aug

Pioneers and Settlers: Understanding Sodalic and Modalic Expressions of Church

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ….If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
1 Corinthians 12:12, 17-18

In the family of God, we don’t all have the same job. Does that statement surprise you at all? Yes, we’re all called to be on a mission of following Jesus and making him known in the world, but we all have different parts to play. In his wisdom, God made us different. In this system, we must depend on each other to fulfill our purpose as the Body of Christ.

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