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Doi Video: Location, Diversity, and Meals

Pastor Kevin Doi talks about Epic Church’s pilgrimage from being planted by a Japanese American church to recent years as they settled into a location in Fullerton, California and became engaged in the diversity of that context. This also raised issues of socio-economic differences, questions about justice, and the priority on being local. → On p 73, Branson notes that “congregational formation” calls leaders to  pay attention to assumptions and routines in our churches. → On p 75, Branson introduces the importance of a missional church engaging its neighbors, knowing they may be different than the people in the church. → On p 219, Branson writes about how relational leadership calls us to attend to diverse voices and perspectives. Does Doi help you recognize how your church has habits that may exclude others, thus motivating you to explore alternative practices?

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