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Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. William Carey-the father of modern missions

God Spoke
God spoke to a young man named Francis in the Italian city of Assisi about 'repairing my church' in the Middle Ages. Francis of Assisi went on to become a leader of one of the most significant monastic orders in the Catholic Church. The impact of Francis' action and words influenced another leader named Martin Luther years later. Luther was an ordinary priest in a small corner of Germany but became instrumental for the development of the Protestant Reformation. A couple of centuries later, two brothers named Charles and John ushered in an Evangelical revival in England. The Wesleys began spiritual renewal movement that continues to ignite believers with a spiritual passion to serve Christ and share his message to this day.

Have a Dream
During the twentieth century, a preacher from the southern region of the United States inspired our nation with a dream. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped shape the social fabric of our nation and helped influence the world with regards to racial prejudice. His dream inspired us to hope that one day we would be a nation that would no longer judge a person by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. About the same time, a young Albanian woman who became known as Mother Theresa, touched countless thousands of lives as she reached out to the poorest of the poor. She began a movement that served those in need to alleviate their suffering. Her impact continues to influence others worldwide.

Each of these movements influenced Christianity. Some had a global impact while others ushered in broad but important changes. The leaders had a vision, dream and plan. In the mid 1990's, a few United Methodist pastors felt God tapping them on the shoulder to make a difference in the church. For two years, they led a research team of college students, pastors and missionaries from around the world. They focused on a very important question: What was the single most important contributing factor to the most influential changes in Christianity? 'Leadership empowered by the Holy Spirit' was their response. The research team also discovered a second key to the success of these leaders. The most influential Christian leaders had a number of core values in common.

Train & Mobilize
The research team developed a curriculum called Christian to the Core based on the eight core values. In the year 2000, leaders from around the world met in Amsterdam at a global conference. 10,000 Christian leaders were the first to use the Christian to the Core curriculum. Over the years, Christian to the Core became a robust way to train and mobilize leaders. It is material that has been developed for national and regional conferences, church-wide initiatives, small groups, as well as, youth and children's ministries.

Christian to the Core is our next teaching series. Sunday morning messages are designed to challenge you to develop your faith. Weekly action steps will be provided for you. You may want to join a small group to learn more about each core value. My hope is that you become inspired to reach others with the life-changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Imagine the positive impact we could make in the lives of individuals, families and our communities. Christian to the Core can give us the foundation and help develop our strategy to love God, love others and change the world.

“Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told." Habakkuk 1:5 NIV

-Pastor Jen

AuthorTyler Hughes