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Friday, April 18, 2008

Justice Revival Leadership Lunch

Vineyard Columbus Church is part of the first Missional Renaissance Leadership Community. This is a great group of ten communities from around the country that are convening for two years. Ideally, each church brings the senior pastor, another church staff, a city official, CEO of a business and Executive Director of a major non-profit.

Today, during the Justice Revival, 100 cross-sector leaders from around Columbus and Ohio including Gov. Ted Strickland, Mayor of Columbus Michael Coleman, city council persons, community business and social sector leaders. In many way this event epitomizes the goals of the Missional Renaissance--convening cross sector leaders to work on problems they commonly care about. Jim Wallace, once again gave a great address.

While we were waiting for the luncheon to begin Evangelism Pastor, Stephen Van Dop showed me around Vineyard's Community Center, which opened last year and served 5000 people in the community each month w/ free medical, dental, after school programs, sports programs, etc. Over 100 community ministries / initiatives are led by lay people at Vineyard. They're really doing a great job.


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