Church + [X] = Hope

We asked dozens of Jesus followers the question "When you look at the church today, what gives you the most hope?" Here's how they answered. How would you?

Robyn Afrik: MATURITY IN CHRISTfaith hope love

Vincent Bacote:  HOLISTIC GOSPEL

Sarah Bessey: UNSUNG HEROES 

Grace Biskie: MOST VULNERABLE 

Mae Elise Cannon: COMMUNITY 

Eugene Cho: THE WHOLE GOSPEL

Kathy Escobar: WOMEN LEADERS

Willie James Jennings: YOUTH & UNITY

Yohanna Katanacho: THE CROSS 

Kathy Khang: RACE

Jo Anne Lyon: HOLY SPIRIT 

Ken Pettigrew: THE LORD'S TABLE 

John Perkins: DIVERSITY

Christian Piatt: ENDURANCE

Brandan Robertson: JUSTICE & UNITY

Alexia Salvatierra: MISSION INTEGRAL

Danielle Shroyer: INTEGRATED FAITH 

Ron Sider: ECUMENISM

Christine Sine: RADICAL MOVEMENTS

Christopher Smith: NEIGHBORHOOD ENGAGEMENT

Stephanie Summers: GOOD LEADERSHIP

Jon Sweeney: FRAILTY

Phyllis Tickle: HISTORY

Al Tizon: DISCIPLESHIP

Michael Wear: OBEDIENCE

Jon Weece: LOVING "THE LEAST"

Gary Wilkerson: LIGHT

Ken Wilson: HUMILITY x 2 

Craig Wong: HUMILITY

 

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  1. Paul Richard says:

    What gives me the most hope? UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST. I think these expressions of unity are beautiful, visible ways in which the kingdom of God is coming to earth. I am not really talking about unity within the walls of a particular congregation (though that is certainly part of it), but rather the expressions of unity that go beyond that and are often surprising. Diversity is a part of this, but fulfilling Jesus' prayer "that they may all be one as We are one" takes it deeper, crossing all those social and economic boundaries to expressions of love among God's people. There are lots of instances where this is not happening, but we can choose unity instead. Accepting one another as Christ has accepted us regardless of whatever may give opportunity for division is indeed an answer to Jesus' prayer.

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