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REACH ATLANTA

October 30, 2019

Conyers Reach training We had an incredible time in Conyers!!!  There were ten churches represented from five denominations; it was a powerful time with the Body of Christ.  Many were activated in sharing their faith, proclaiming the Gospel, and hearing God’s voice.  We breaked for lunch and then had a quick outreach to put the training into practice. We sent out 8 groups and in less than 2 hours over 40 people received prayer. So many people were impacted by simply going out and doing what they heard: testimony after testimony of everyday believers realizing how easy it actually is to love the one in front of you!!   One person in particular received significant personal breakthrough in their own life as they sat with their outreach team for lunch.  Sometimes we need to receive a deeper revelation of the Father’s Love before we can love the way He loves.  From this training we have launched Reach Groups that will continue to reach Conyers.  We are also planning a follow up meeting for all of the leaders involved with the training to discuss ways to reach Conyers together.   Host a Reach Training The vision of this campaign is to launch hundreds of “Reach Groups” around the cityof Atlanta. We want to see these groups impact communities all over the metro area,resulting in growing local churches! Our team wants to serve local churches all over Atlanta. We have 18opportunities over the next 2 years for churches to host their own Reach Atlantatraining. Each training will gather local churches together to learn how to better reachtheir communities with the gospel. If you...
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Practical Ways to Engage Pastors in Your City

October 29, 2019

How do you engage pastors to unify and mobilize to see a city revitalized? How do you incite them to action? Here are some practical steps to begin this process.  First, Connect with local pastors. Call them. Drop by their churches. Ask the Lord where to go. Engage secretaries and administrative staff. They are the pastor’s first defense. Ask the secretarial questions as well as the pastors when you sit down with them. I.e. How did you come to this church? How did you become a pastor? How long have you been in this city? What is your heart for this city? We can so arrogantly jump ahead, thinking our idea is the best when we need to first Listen and Connect, and then share.  For example, Esther went to the King, ultimately to plead the case of her people. She could have asked right then and there but she waited. She spoke with the king, dined with him, and I am sure encouraged him. Although her request was urgent as the matter was literally life or death for her people, she still didn’t rush her request. She made time to connect, encourage, and THEN plead her case. Don’t rush connection. Build it. Let it grow, “and you will surely reap a harvest if you do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).  Secondly, Encourage the pastors. Pray for them. Celebrate them. See them for who they are: passionate men of God who are guiding their sheep the best way they know how. It is easy to judge a pastor or church and call out what they are not doing well...
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“Please Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

October 23, 2019

Take the City Project LifeHouse Initiatives  Generations of American children watched Fred Rogers begin his program each day on PBS singing this song as he came home, took off his sweater and put on his house shoes from 1968-2001. Mr Rogers programs are credited with teaching radical kindness, acceptance, and empathy to help children deal with the troubled civil unrest and rebellion against the moral, religious and legal values of our society beginning in the 1960-70s. Jesus taught  radical kindness, acceptance, and empathy  during His earthly ministry. Jesus responded to a question from a young Mosaic lawyer of how to inherit eternal life; by reminding him that we are to “Love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (NIV) In response to the Lawyer’s inquiry of “Who is my neighbor?”, Jesus taught the parable of the Good Samaritan going to help, bandage wounds, and carry to an inn for care; a traveler who had been robbed and beaten and left on the side of the road, from Jerusalem to Jericho. This injured man had been ignored by a priest and levite passing by on the other side of the road. Jesus asked the lawyer who had been a neighbor to the injured man and responded to the lawyer’s answer, “the one who had mercy on him”, with an admonition to “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25-36) Project LifeHouse is a Take the City initiative to bring local churches together with local business leaders in partnerships to help revitalize communities. They accomplish this by...
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Porch Time: A lost Kairos

October 16, 2019

We live in an 1890’s Queen Anne Victorian house beside the Chattahoochee River.  It is quite an amazing gift for this season in our lives. The front, of course, has a large porch that provides a most comfortable place “to just be”.  Fresh breezes, cozy rockers and critters croaking, all combine to quickly evoke a carefree atmosphere. Neighbors walk by with their children and stop a moment to talk, dogs bark, and an old large oak provides shade on one section or the other all day. On a front porch you are exposed.  No hiding out from the folks around you. Yet, you can curl up and nap, swing, pray, or read a book.   Life feels manageable on a porch, especially with the influence of a river nearby.  They call it living at a walking pace when life moves with the rhythm of a river. Life becomes more manageable. People see each other in a different light on a porch. It opens the window to the Kairos (God moments), if you let it. Most of us have lost that precious opportunity by driving into our garage, entering our safe, fortified homes and ignoring the people closest to us. I think the pace of our lives can lead us to want to control something.   So, we put an invisible sign on our door; NO TRESPASSING.  Kairos is from an ancient Greek word meaning: a fitting time, opportunity or season. Webster tells us, “it is a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action or decision”. It is not Chronos, which is the Greek word for...
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BREAKTHROUGH FEAR

October 8, 2019

5 lessons to overcome fear   Do you ever struggle with fear when God’s asking you to step out and share the gospel with someone? I know that I have fought that feeling most of my life.   This past year I’ve discovered some amazing things that have helped me to not only overcome my fear. I have stepped into my destiny sharing the gospel with others!  I remember one specific afternoon, I stopped at the store to pick up a few things for dinner on my way home from work.  As I was walking through the grocery store I saw the same man 3 times in different parts of the store.  Every time I walked by him, the Lord was nudging me to talk to him and each time I just smiled and walked by.  When I stepped in line at the checkout, he followed. It was clear, I should say something to him. My thoughts raced,  frozen with not knowing what to say and fear of what he might think. I awkwardly smiled as I paid for my groceries and went to my car.  I immediately knew that I missed my opportunity, I did not do what I was supposed to do. My heart was filled with disappointment and I never saw the guy again.  Then the conviction hit my heart, I was saddened that I missed an opportunity to obey the Holy Spirit. His loving kindness flooded my heart as I repented, committing in my heart to slay this giant of fear in my life that was keeping me from doing His Will.       Here are...
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Reach Atlanta

October 1, 2019

In January of this year, 15 leaders from all over Atlanta gathered in Tyrone, GA to pray about Reach Atlanta and discuss what the future of Atlanta could look like if the churches united together to take the city for Christ. The goal of Reach Atlanta was not to become one more thing or organization to join, rather it would be the interworking of churches all across the Atlanta area, learning how to share the Gospel in everyday life, and then doing so regularly in small groups. This could be a grocery store, a park, a business meeting, a person’s home. Everyone has a story, and these leaders decided to come together and figure out how to help awaken people in their city to share the Gospel and testimonies of God’s power in their lives on a daily basis. After spending a solid hour in prayer, the team of leaders hashed out next steps. The plan: 18 training events in 12 months all across Atlanta. It could happen with everyone’s help! One person chose to help run social media, others said they could talk to 2 or 3 pastors they knew, and others said they could make phone calls to churches across the area where they lived. Teamwork makes the dreamwork. And if you are thinking of taking a city as big as Atlanta for Christ, you are going to need all the teamwork you can get! Since this initial meeting, the leaders from this meeting and more people since have been working fervently to connect with pastors and other leaders all over the Atlanta area. Many relationships have...
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Community Outreach – Chattahoochee Valley



On Saturday August 17th, 2019, Columbus, Georgia reached sweltering degrees high in the 90s. This pushed our community outreach teams to look for places indoors to minister to people rather than going to their usual neighborhoods. The heat with humidity was enough to make someone pass out. Thus our team of girls chose to go where most girls love to go: the mall. Rather than shopping for clothes, the women went shopping for souls. They kept their eyes and ears alert for whoever the Lord would send them to minister. Right before they got to the mall, they had decided to stop at a gas station to buy slushees. While there, they met a man outside and ministered to him. When they got to the mall, they felt led to buy the man a couple of hotdogs. By the time they returned, the man was nowhere to be seen. They searched and searched for him and drove around for what felt like 15-20 minutes but could not find him. The Lord did not let their food go to waste, however; they went back to the gas station and walked around to the back. They found a man and son who lived behind the gas station and felt led to offer them the hotdogs. The dad looked up in surprise but took the hotdogs with gratefulness in his eyes. The women felt joyful as they walked away. You never know where the Lord might send you. Keep your eyes and ears open. The Lord can use you just as powerfully in a mall as He can in the streets. Don’t...
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Thankful for LifeHouse Volunteers and Partners



Praise the Lord for local church outreach teams that come to minister to our LifeHouse communities and help us become good neighbors. We thank our North Highland Church Serve Team who spent part of their Saturday, the first weekend in September, mowing and raking the yard of our Garden Dr. LifeHouse, preparing for a noon grilling outreach. After doing the yardwork, this team canvassed the neighborhood asking people how we could pray for them and inviting them to join us for a noon grilling event at our house.  Thanks to all of our volunteers who went out and invited neighbors, we had a good turnout at our noon grillout. They asked us to continue coming by for outreaches and offered to grill out at our next outreach and help with the remodeling of the home to prepare for our LifeHouse missional family to move into their community. Several of the neighbors expressed their appreciation for our outreach efforts to their community and said we were the answers to their prayers for God to send revival to their neighborhood. We look forward to the day we have a family move into the Garden Drive community and share the light and love of Jesus and ask “Please won’t you be our neighbors?” Let us know how your church family would like to become involved as we expand our LifeHouse communities from 4 to 10 by the end of 2020.  Wanted Church Ministry partners with our LifeHouse families and communities: Pastors, are your church families looking for an outreach opportunity in the Columbus area?  We are looking for three local churches that...
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Street Outreach – Redeem

September 30, 2019

Redeem, one of our initiatives, has a mission to see the end of commercial sexual exploitation through outreach, discipleship, community, and prayer. On a recent Street Outreach, our team encountered a homeless couple who were both struggling with addictions. The lady said she loved the Lord but had been hurt by the church. The gentleman was struggling with addiction and choosing to follow the Lord versus the other voices in his head. While our team was conversing with the couple and ministering to them, the homeless gentleman began prophesying words of encouragement over one of our volunteers. Every word the man said spoke directly to the volunteer, so much so, that tears streamed down our volunteer’s face. It’s amazing to see how God can use the most unlikely of people to speak into our lives. We are thankful that our team had the chance to meet this beautiful man and woman. If you would like to learn more about Redeem, contact Jessica Cronin at...
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Brittany

I have been serving in some way with Take the city since October 2013. I spent a lot of time on the prayer team in the beginning and encountered God’s heart for the city in a life changing way. When the teams came back and shared testimonies, it was always fun to see that our prayers coincided with some of their testimonies in special ways. More recently I have had the privilege of leading a team to a nursing home where I used to be an employee. I used to pray over the facility every day, and it was such a miracle to see an old friend who lives there give his life to Jesus on one of our outreaches a year later. God sure has a way of answering prayers. And Take the City is an answer to so many prayers that have gone up here.