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John 17 Kingdom Communities Growing

December 13, 2013

Abilene, West Texas, a city gospel movement on a growing edge. Working with kingdom leaders in Abilene has been fruitful…and fun! Stan, the man in the middle, is the Chief of Police, serves on the citywide “1 Kingdom” leadership team, and has been at all four Summits I’ve led the past two years. Norm, the Mayor, joined us last month for an evening of worship and intercession. This is real-deal kingdom community in the making: men, women, evangelicals, charismatics African-Americans, Hispanics, non- profits and marketplace movers and shakers advancing God’s kingdom. And with key leaders sitting in from Tucson, Lubbock and Waco, this is a movement with potential to multiply its influence.

This is one of the many stories I share in my new book, The Practitioner’s Guide: Building City Gospel Movements. I encourage you to pick one up, give it a read, then pass it on to a local pastor, business leader or intercessor keen on John 17 unity and collaboration. This is my core life message, bringing a balance of inspiration through story, and practical wisdom.


A couple of relevant chapters: “”City Church: Biblical? Achieveable?” and “Expanding Collaborative Partnerships in Your City.”

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12th Annual Pacific NW City Impact Roundtable

Last week 135 leaders from around 20 city movements in Oregon, Washington and Idaho gathered at the Luis Palau Association in Beaverton, OR. This was one of our best yet in 12 years. Rick McKinley, pastor of Imago Dei in Portland brought some very convicting and impactful messages, mostly on the kind of Christlike character required for building a citywide movement. Portland continues to steward a model that mobilizes saints to both serve their communities (church/school partnerships, foster care, sex trafficking) and share the gospel.


Members of our Corvallis team engaged in a lot of meaningful dialogue, coming away with some fresh action steps to engage more folksin our congregations serving and reaching our community. We shared our story: having built a culture of praying for and sharing the gospel with unbelievers, we’re seeing the Spirit stir the hearts of foreign students at Oregon State University to search out the truths of the Bible, and seek to know who Jesus is.


A closing observation. At this years’s “PNW-CIR,” I was encouraged to watch teams of leaders from cities (Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Eugene, Sacramento, Longview- Kelso) process the Word of the Lord through Pastor Rick and the city stories, and ask, “What next step can we take to further grow John 17 unity and impact in our city?” From our meager beginnings 12 years ago with 20-25 faithful pioneers from a few cities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, this is now a movement of God that is growing, maturing and bearing lasting fruit for His glory.

Thanks for your interest, intercession and investment. As we come up on the end of another year, please consider a gift to Frontline (you may give thru the DONATE button to the right).


Jan 10, Facilitate Internet Meeting, Global Urban Leadership Learning Community

Jan 23, City Leadership Consultation, Sacramento, CA

Jan 27-29  Leaders Prayer Summit, Eugene-Springfield, OR

Feb 3-6  Leaders Prayer Summit, “Church of the Valley,” OR

Feb 9  “Adoration” (citywide worship), Corvallis, OR (hosted by Calvary Corvallis, 6 PM)

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