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Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2012
Availability: In Stock
Series: Adaptive Leadership
Crunching more data maybe helpful but will not revolutionize, let alone save, a declining church. We need creative thinking done by people who are not afraid to face the institutional church.
Indeed, the change we long for is already happening. It is happening on the margins in ministries to the least, the last, and the lost. Written by two creative pastors with different but successful ministries, this breathtaking book will show you how the church can live out its mission and ignite a movement.
If we pay attention, we can let this Jesus Insurgency create new life.
Rudy Rasmus is an author, pastor,street ethicist, and global humanitarian with a passion for outreach to ourworld's most impoverished citizens. Pastor Rudy co-pastors St. John's Church,located in downtown Houston, with his wife Juanita.
St. John's is one of the mostculturally diverse congregations in the country, where every week people ofevery social and economic background share the same pew. Since 1992, thechurch's membership has grown from nine to more than 9,000 people, including3,000 homeless or formerly homeless individuals.
Pastor Rudy's "LoveRevolution" airs Sundays at noon eastern on SIRIUS XM Radio.
He is the author of Touch: Pressing Against the Wounds of aBroken World, and has contributed monthly to Oprah's O magazine and to Epitomemagazine.
In 1992, Pastor Rudy and Juanitaalso founded Bread of Life, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, which provideshungry families with nine tons of fresh food a week and nightly housing tohundreds of chronically homeless men and women. The Rasmuses also developed theTemenos Community Development Corporation and recently opened the $6 million Knowles-TemenosPlace Apartments, which uses a generous donation from longtime friends Tina,Mathew, Beyoncé, and Solange Knowles to provide 43 formerly homeless residentsa permanent apartment and supportive environment to take significant steps inimproving their lives. Pastor Rudy also coordinates domestic and globalanti-hunger initiatives in conjunction with Beyoncé's concert tours throughoutthe world.
Rudy and Juanita have beenmarried for 25 years and are the proud parents of two daughters, Morgan and Ryan.
Dottie Escobedo-Frank earned her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology and her Doctor of Ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Semiotics and Future Studies. Dottie is an elder in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, where she serves as the District Superintendent of the South District. She is a speaker and writer, and her work has centered on church revitalization, worship and preaching, and multicultural ministry. Dottie is the author of Converge: Our Common Sins, Jesus Insurgency with Rudy Rasmus, ReStart Your Church, Sermon Seeds, Advent and Christmas, and the Igniting Worship Series.