Re-Think Church Shalom Style

“The church is the church only when it exists for others.”–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Pastor Rudy Rasmus, who started a ShalomChurch in Houston known as St. John’s Downtown Church, is here at our Cal-Nevada Annual Conference to preach and teach about Shalom. 

Beyonce Knowles and Destiny’s Child came out of St John’s Church, and the Knowles family built the church’s youth and community center. Pastor Rudy and his wife, Juanita, grew the church from 9 to 9,000 members over the past 20 years by focusing on the needs and resources of the community. 

Rudy, I believe, can help us re-imagine our churches as host sites for community ministries, training centers for community action, change agents for social justice, and spiritual anchors of faith, hope, healing, and love in the immediate neighborhood.   
Pastor Rudy is one of our keynote speakers at the upcoming Shalom Summit 2012 in Los Angeles (October 3-6).  We asked him to speak on “Re-think Church Shalom Style.”   And we invite you to attend. 
You can register today for the Shalom Summit 2012
A ShalomChurchtypically is an historic church building re-purposed as a community center with resources for urban ministers and community residents who work together to transform their community.  A traditional church is directly focused on the needs and assets of the congregation, with the hope that the congregation will engage in mission outreach.  A Shalom Church is directly focused on the needs and assets of the community, working together with community partners to transform the neighborhood; with the hope that a worshiping body will emerge in the community parish.

By seeking the health and wholeness of the community first, before the needs of the individual members of a congregation, the church can truly be the Church for others and not just for its own survival as a local congregation, denominational institution or voluntary association.
“Re-think Church Shalom Style” is what is needed in this time of cultural change, denominational restructuring, local church closings, and organizational downsizing.  ShalomChurch is a viable model for community transformation, and may become the future form of the Church in mission as the local congregational structure gives way or is complemented with other forms of eclessia.
Come to the Shalom Summit 2012 in Los Angeles to learn how to start a ShalomChurch in the place where you live.  Register now at www.communitiesofshalom.org  
Rudy Rasmus, James Lawson, Lynda Byrd, Gaius Charles, and many other inspirational speakers will be there.   Representatives from shalom zones in Belfast, Uganda, Malawi, Haiti, and across the USA will gather in Los Angeles for the Summit.  And I hope you will be there too!
Register today for the 20th Anniversary Shalom Summit 2012!  www.communitiesofshalom.org  
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