Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Fong Video: Youth Lead Neighborhood Change

When a youth pastor at Evergreen Baptist took a job at the neighborhood recreation center, the missional life of the church changed dramatically. Pastor Fong tells the story of how God led the youth and parents to step outside their comfort zone. On p 63, Branson describes missional activity as God’s drawing a church to participate in “God’s love for the world.” → On pp 218-220 he notes the importance of “relational leadership.” Connect Pastor Ken’s story with these frameworks. Also, use the exercise on p 64 to discuss times when you saw or participated in the gospel outside of your comfort zone. This is the 8th clip from the Fong interview.

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Part I: Theology and Context

Using the frameworks of practical theology and missional ecclesiology, we provide an introduction to the work of leadership and to social theory, including matters of social contexts, cultural variables, and ethnic identity.

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