Resource Roundup 09.22.17

Sponsors are an important part of any event or function, which is why we want to highlight a few of our sponsors in the week's leading up to our 2017 Leaders' Summit in Louisville, Why Partnerships Matter: Churches Flourishing Through Collaboration. One thing that human beings may be so poor at doing, or generally too forgetful to remember is simple gratitude. So we want to say, "Thank you" to each of our sponsors, and we strongly encourage you to consider supporting their services and ministries as well.

2 Events on Faithful Gospel-Living in Your Community

Recently, I was chatting with a church planter who is gearing up to plant a new church in Oakland, CA. As he was giving me a general update, a comment he made suddenly jumped out at me: “City leaders aren’t really that excited anymore about churches existing — or coming into — their neighborhoods. Most of them don’t do a whole lot for their community anymore and, on top of that, they don’t pay any taxes!”

In other words, many churches in this neighborhood were actually a life-sucking, faithless, gospel-anemic, light-burrowing drain to their community instead of a life-giving, faith-filled, gospel-saturating, light-shining community of sinner-saints seeking the welfare of their city and the flourishing of all people.

Resource Roundup 09.15.17

Sponsors are an important part of any event or function, which is why we want to highlight a few of our sponsors in the week's leading up to our 2017 Leaders' Summit in Louisville, Why Partnerships Matter: Churches Flourishing Through Collaboration. One thing that human beings may be so poor at doing, or generally too forgetful to remember is simple gratitude. So we want to say, "Thank you" to each of our sponsors, and we strongly encourage you to consider supporting their services and ministries as well.

Skepticism Exhausted Me

Kathleen's story has been a tremendous encouragement to the Soma community. Kathleen grew up as a skeptic with a lot of questions about God, faith, and the church. Over the last several years, God used the patient love, conversation, and service of her husband and missional community to draw Kathleen into a relationship with Jesus. I hope this story will encourage other ministry leaders who are praying and laboring among populations of seekers and skeptics.

Update on Irma

Fresh off the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, another hurricane is making her way towards Florida, and towards several SN churches, pastors, and staff. Hurricane Irma, one of the fiercest Atlantic storms in a century, is expected to hit Florida early on Sunday, causing major damage due to high winds and flooding to the fourth-largest U.S. state by population. A total of 5.6 million people, or 25 percent of the state's population, have been ordered to evacuate Florida, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The situation for many is dire, hectic, and scary. We are urging you to continue in fervent prayer for the millions affected by this storm. Included here are some quick updates on how Irma is impacting our network churches and pastors in its path, as well as some ways you can support these churches as they prepare for this storm.

SBTS Credit for Leaders' Summit

At the upcoming Sojourn Network Leaders’ Summit, you can learn the hows and whys of partnership, all while earning three credit hours at Southern Seminary. While the 3-day conference itself will focus on gospel partnerships, the coursework will focus on developing a disciple-making plan and conducting a case study of a healthy, multiplying church. To learn more about how to register for the conference and course at SBTS, go to http://events.sbts.edu/conference-classes/sojourn-network-conference/. You can register for the course all the way up until October 23 (the first day of the conference).

Resource Roundup 09.01.17

This week's resources are brought to you by Brian Howard. Brian is the Executive Director of Context Coaching Inc., a firm that specializes in coaching high-achieving leaders. He has over 24 years of proven leadership experience as a leadership coach, working with high-level leaders from around the world. He also served as the first Executive Director of Sojourn Network! We're grateful for Brian and encourage you to benefit from his life, experience, and resources as well.

Helping Beaumont

Please read this post to see how we as Sojourn Network are seeking to respond to what is happening in Texas, more specifically in Beaumont, as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Please prayerfully consider how you can give financially to help our network family at Sojourn Beaumont, as well as their relief efforts all across the area. Posted here is a message from Josh Jean, Lead Pastor of Sojourn Beaumont.