Category: Ecclesia People

October 12, 2017

Philly Equipper Trip

This last weekend (Oct 7-8) Ecclesia Equipper Bob Hyatt had the privilege of traveling to the Philly area and working with leaders from the Renew Community, Next Gen in Princeton NJ, Redemption Church in Bristol, and the Gate Community Church in Bethlehem PA. Bob walked these leaders through various models and facets of spiritual formation...

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September 29, 2016

From the Field: An update From Albuquerque- Jesse & Joanna Harden

  This time last year my wife and I were attending Ecclesia’s Genesis Church Planters Training in Chicago, Illinois, attempting to soak up every ounce of information presented to us. We were discerning a growing sense of call to plant a church in a community full of people and experiences very different from our own....

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September 29, 2016

Reflection on Ecclesia’s Genesis Church Planters Training- Gary Alloway

I am a straight-A student.  Even though I haven’t been in school for a decade now, that identity remains.  I am one who succeeds, who passes the test, who figures out how to solve the puzzle.  Its one of the things that drew me to church planting.  But the truth about straight-A students is that...

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April 15, 2016

From the National Director: Working My Way Toward Praying For Revival

  A few weeks ago I learned of a major event taking place in Los Angeles that coincided with the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival. Sponsored by Lou Engle and The Call, Azusa Now came about through a unique series of revelatory dreams, prophetic words, and a great deal of sacrifice from one leader. While...

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January 30, 2016

Welcome New Board Member – Tom Ward Sr.

Tom Ward Sr., Lead Pastor of Eastpoint Church in Newark, DE recently joined the Ecclesia board at our annual meeting in early January. We are really honored to have someone of Tom’s wisdom and experience journeying along with our network at this significant level. Tom has been in vocational ministry for over 40 years and planted Eastpoint...

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December 19, 2012

God is Still Redeeming My Life

This post was written by a member of Life on the Vine, an Ecclesia congregation in suburban Chicago. On October 30, 2004, I found out that my mom had died earlier that morning.  At seven years old that put me into a pit of grief; which I’ve struggled with for the past eight years.  I...

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October 3, 2011

Why I'm Going Back to the Ecclesia National Gathering / Bill Cummings

Bill Cummings is the director of Lemonade International, a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, NC. Educating and empowering people in the largest urban slum in Central America – La Limonada in Guatemala City. http://www.lemonadeinternational.org Last year (2010) was my first Ecclesia Network National Gathering. It was different than any other church/ministry/leadership conference I had ever...

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September 28, 2011

Why I'm Going to the National Gathering – Ben Sternke

Ben Sternke is a pastor in Fort Wayne, IN at Christ Church.  Since the inception of our church plant, we have been part of a remarkable group of people and churches called The Ecclesia Network. This year our national gathering will be held March 5-7, 2012 near Washington, D.C. The focus this time is on how our churches can...

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September 19, 2011

Why I'm Going to the Ecclesia National Gathering: JR Rozko

I used to be a conference junkie. Straight out of college and anxious (though I never would have admitted it) to be the next big thing, I though that if I hit enough conferences, rubbed shoulders with big-shot speakers, and played my cards right, I’d be well on my way. What can I say, I...

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June 29, 2011

Ecclesia Network Bloggers

The heart of Ecclesia is, of course, the people of Ecclesia. Here are some of the Ecclesia Network bloggers. If we missed you or someone you know, leave a comment and a link and we’ll add it to the list. Ben Sternke Bob Hyatt David Fitch Doug Paul Dustin Bagby Gary Alloway Jim Pace J.R....

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February 21, 2011

The Kingdom in Everyday Life

by Tracy Commons Currently, I am working full-time and finishing up my last semester at Temple University. It’s been stressful trying to balance everything, trying to have it “together” – and continuing to build relationships with others. Even though I know this is my last semester and graduation is so near- I still get “ants...

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February 21, 2011

Leading From Where You've Actually Been

by Eric Phillips “The true Christian leader is one who walks with others, leading them to a place where he himself has already been.” This is an idea that recently has been on the forefront of my mind. Recently I have wrestled with the fact that there seems to be so little power in my...

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February 20, 2011

Formation as Excavation

Lindsey Sullivan. Junior at Lynchburg College. [lcf] leader. Though the attractive colors may lure you to this visual metaphor of Excavation, I thought it best to further explain why I am digging deeper.  Reading the picture left to right, our eye rests on the giant volcano first.  We see lava spewing from the top and...

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February 19, 2011

First Free: A Test-case for the Declining Evangelical Urban Congregation

by Adam Gustine I came to First Free, with my family and co-pastor Ben, when the church was coming out of a long transition period that had followed an even longer period of conflict and trouble. You could say that our church was a test-case for the declining evangelical urban congregation, struggling to make sense...

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February 18, 2011

Christlike love is not practical

by Evan Curry “As kingdom people we are called to live in love, which means we are called and empowered to live free of fear. Because our source of worth, significance, and security is found exclusively in God’s love and God’s reign, not our own immediate well-being, and because we believe in the resurrection, we...

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February 17, 2011

The Baptism of Jesus

by Cyd Holsclaw In preparation for Epiphany, I recently re-read Ancient Future Time, by the late Robert Webber: “In our spiritual pilgrimage God calls us to break through a passive spirit concerning the baptism of Jesus and recover the full meaning of this event for our own spirituality… It defines our spirituality and gives impetus...

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February 16, 2011

The Church as a Three-Legged Dog

By Winn Collier In our first year, my wife Miska described All Souls as a “three-legged dog.” She meant it an endearing way. Miska has always been drawn to those of us who hop along in life; and she’s always eschewed the pretensions many of us so easily take on. Somehow, All Souls became a...

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February 15, 2011

Dallas Willard on Jet-Lag

by Dustin Bagby Dallas Willard isn’t an easy man to create small talk with. What do you say to a distinguished professor of Philosophy at USC who has chosen in his spare time to write life-changing books like The Divine Conspiracy and speak to Christians regularly about spiritual practices and disciplines? But as I got...

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February 14, 2011

Sink Yourself Into the Work You've Been Given

Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. – Galatians 6:4 (MSG) I’m doing a memorization challenge in 2011 through the Living Proof Ministries blog and this is the verse I chose for the second half of January. I came across it...

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