To kick thing off in terms of our “weekly conversations,” we wanted to highlight this workshop featuring Don Coleman of East End Fellowship in Richmond, VA and Kevin Haah of New City Church in Los Angeles, CA.
God’s Kingdom embraces people of all ethnicities, cultures, and socio-economic status. Unfortunately, very few of our churches reflect this kind of diversity. In this workshop, we will share the stories and theological visions behind the planting and pastoring of urban churches in Richmond, VA & Los Angeles, CA that have sought to embrace this kind of diversity. We will dialogue together about the ingredients and challenges of this much needed Kingdom-oriented work.
Using the code, FREE DOWNLOAD, you can download this 1-hour workshop session for free. This code is good all day Monday, June 17, 2013.
Once you listen to the workshop session, share your thoughts, reflection, stories, and questions in the comment section below. We’re testing out a Facebook commenting system in hopes to broaden the conversation to as many interested people as possible, so feel free to tag friends who you think would be interested in joining the conversation.
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