Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Haah Video: Personal Transformations

Stories of transformation are powerful examples of the reality of God’s activity in the world. In this clip, Pastor Kevin Haah shares three stories of transformation at New City Church.  The first is about an African American man’s road to recovery and eventual leadership in the church. The second is about a Japanese American woman who broke through cultural norms as she embraced the Gospel and life at New City. Lastly, as the congregation embraced a young Latino, he moved away from illegal habits and toward creating graffiti art for the community. → On p 235, Martínez writes testimonies are an important part of developing the common story of a congregation. Multicultural perspectives shape a broader understanding of the community story. What are the stories of transformation within your community? How do these stories shape your congregational story? This is the 6th clip from my interview with Kevin.

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