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June 12th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

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I’m curious: What causes are you passionate about?

In Craig’s One Prayer message, he talked about the big things God could do if churches throughout the world united resources and became one: ending starvation, providing clean drinking water, etc. I’m curious…what causes are you passionate about? Assuming that we’re all solidly committed to the local church, let’s think beyond that to issues we could address as one unified body of Christ. What’s on your dream list? Please let us know where you’re from when you comment.

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  1. Jun 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    One cause I’m passionate about: Christian business leaders using their influence and resources to benefit their communities and generate “real profits” in the Kingdom.

  2. Jun 12, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Bringing culturally relevant professionalism to churches that have a chance to reach younger people searching for the answers to life. There is a group of 18-28 year olds that have left the church body for various reasons.

    Bringing them back through professional music, imagery, video, technology, and other tools we can use today, presented in as professional a manner as every other entity does.

    I am not sure if that is an answer to your question or not but that is what was on my mind today.

  3. Jun 12, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Making a difference in the lives of those who have little or no hope. Tulsa, OK

  4. 4chejoo
    Jun 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Hi!
    I’m from Guatemala (in Central America). Our vision (with my wife) is to bring down to zero the home desintegration statistics in our city. All this… by the power of the Gospel of Jesus that can change any life and make it better than it was when it was new.
    Satan has been attacking the family around the world for too many years now, and it’s about time that we, as the Family of God, pick up some fight!
    Thanx!

  5. Jun 12, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Extreme global poverty must be an issue for the church to tackle.

    Water, nutrition, medicine, education, AIDS, etc.

    The Church has the resources.

  6. Jun 12, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Bringing men back to their Creator (www.ransomedheart.com http://www.menonpurpose.com)
    Leading to freedom in Christ (http://www.ficm.org/newsite/index.php?command=textwhoamiinchrist)
    from our own depravity (www.xxxchurch.com http://www.pureintimacy.org)
    To protect the innocent (www.love146.org http://www.rainn.org)
    To love the “lost boys” and search for the cure to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (www.parentprojectmd.org)

    Edmond, OK

  7. Jun 12, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Changing the misconceptions that the world has about following Christ.

    We’re sorely lacking the “PR” department. Lots of people think all kinds of crazy, inaccurate things about what it means to be a believer.

  8. 8Tiffany
    Jun 12, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Wow- huge question for me because I’ve always had several things I could go on and on about but lately God has really been convicting me more and more about bigger issues…

    It breaks my heart that, for the most part, people do not take care of one another or the rest of the world….
    We have thousands of kids being passed around in foster care without anyone any sense of security and without someone consistently investing in them. There are also so many people with various disabilities that have been abandoned by their families.

    Even worse than that, there are thousands of babies laying in rows of cribs all around the world while over worked people try to care for them all. There are kids hungry that also lack basic health care. In a lot of cases, the needed medicine would only cost pennies. All that occurs while the rest of the world sits back, and enjoys enough Starbucks coffee in a month to feed several kids for several months in other countries.

    Now, I’m not pointing fingers because I know that I could do drastically more to help others (and yes, I do drink Starbucks), but if just everyone would do even a little bit, then the rest of the world would look much different than it does.

  9. Jun 12, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    As far as physical needs, I have 3 kids with type 1 diabetes, so our family is fairly passionate about finding a cure. Culturally, I’ve spent a lot of time in urban ministry and seen domestic poverty on a level many Americans don’t want to think exists. The problem with most assistance to inner cities though, is that it’s so short-sighted. The key to urban renewal is a spiritual renewal in Christ. Unless we change hearts and minds, we’ll never see lasting change.

  10. Jun 12, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    The “what if” question sure puts a strain on the brain.
    However if the church was unified then world missions would be fully funded. My missionary buddies in Germany and Uganda would not have to come home from the field to raise support. It amazes me when I hear them say they cross denominational to bless each other in the field. I guess they need each other; What a novel thought. God Speed to You all!
    This is Chuck at H2ochurch.tv, Ardmore, OK.

  11. Jun 12, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    My dream list would be to have Christians join the journalism, education, and law worlds to influence them from inside. We have been so turned off by these careers that we have allowed them to be taken over by athiests that are hostile to Christianity.

  12. 12Jan
    Jun 12, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    1) Godly and respectful interaction and unity between genders in the church. We’re on our way.
    2)Encouraging women and/or worship leaders in ministry (I am both) - particularly those in smaller churches. I have a dream of encouraging indigenous ministers in other countries - particularly those with few resources. I’ve planted two churches. I’ve experienced lots of challenges as a woman in ministry. In both of those I had very little encouragement and help. I’d like to offer both.
    3) Healthier lifestyles for ministers.

  13. Jun 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    If I wasn’t involved in the various ministry projects that occupy my time, I would definitely be a fanatical environmentalist. But I keep thinking about the verse that talks about a soldier not entangling himself in civilian affairs — there are people of the world that can tackle the environmental issue well.

    In terms of something more ministry-minded, there’s a guy in Buffalo, NY who does an amazing, solidly Christ centered talk show on a Christian station. If I were to covet someone else’s ministry, that would be the one! I’d love to host his show for a week while he’s on holidays. Spontaneous conversation with the widest spectrum of people is where it’s at.

  14. Jun 12, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    We’d have to be struck totally blind, not to notice that many (perhaps the vast majority) of the homeless in America are those who suffer from some form of mental illness. The mentally and emotionally ill in the U.S. are living under bridges, in abandoned store fronts, filling our streets, shelters, parks, and jails in alarming epidemic proportions. It seems that the church or parachurch organizations are the only ones even attempting to address this tragedy.

  15. Jun 12, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Using technology and public relations in the church, especially showing people how valuable to a tool both can be to bring people to Christ.

    Innovation.

  16. 16Rick
    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    In my opinion, this is what would fix a great amount of poverty and suffering of the poor around the world (and yes, in the US, as well)…
    Tell them, implore them, plead with them, beg them…STOP having babies that you cannot or, in the case of so many men, will not support. It’s an easy fix. Then resources can be used to bring the poor and dying to health. Yes, I give to ministries that help the poor but it seems like such a black hole.
    Why don’t leaders stand up and say this? It is such an easy step that may be the only answer.
    Young people (girls) quit ruining your life in this way. Girls, stop letting these “boys” ruin your life in this way.

  17. Jun 13, 2008 at 12:51 am

    I’m extremely passionate about helping students learn how to hang out with Jesus and recognize how much they matter to God, right where they are!

    DC from Granger Community Church (www.gccwired.com)

  18. Jun 13, 2008 at 7:29 am

    I am passionate about meeting needs, sowing seeds of kindness and sharing Christ in the moments of life and living. Whether it is done with a bottle of water on a hot day to individuals on our town square… or a free sack lunch to a child who would otherwise go hungry… or putting my arms around a someone who is clearly hurting but thinks no one wants to even come close to them. I’m passionate about teaching others that God is not kept inside His Word. He is as real as my typing this from Granbury, Texas. The local church should not be found inside the walls alone. Otherwise, we are missing out on being His hands and feet. That is my One Prayer. May we be so Alive in Christ that it truly transforms each moment and cannot help but overflow from one to another and another…..

  19. 19Kurt
    Jun 13, 2008 at 7:42 am

    We’ve got to end human trafficking.

  20. 20Lex
    Jun 13, 2008 at 8:33 am

    1 - Clean water in developing nations
    2 - Stopping the AIDS epidemic in Africa in its tracks
    3 - Ending legalized abortion in the U.S.
    4 - Shifting resources to ease the food crisis
    (From the north Chicago ‘burbs.)

  21. Jun 13, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I’m passionate about racial reconciliation within the church.

    Peoria, IL

  22. Jun 13, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I have been praying for several months about the one area in our community we are called to meet. God has little by little connected us with the local food bank(not a Christian agency). I have begun to build relationships with the staff, we have served, we have given. My goal is to have such a huge impact on the food bank that people want to find out about the Jesus we serve.

    Just this week I was driving by the food bank and I sensed God directing me to stop in. What I found was bare shelves - food levels are low. I knew God wanted us to give them some money so we gave them $1000 to buy the most needed items. We are new church plant and we do have money set aside to carry us through until weekly giving catches up but $1000 was still a stretch for us. It’s God’s money and we needed to direct it to the food bank. Anyhow they were blown away as I told them I was praying earlier that day and then really sensed God directing us to meet whatever the need was.

    The last Saturday of the month we are working with another One Prayer church in our city to collect jars of peanut butter in front of one of the local grocery stores - peanut butter is a nutritional item that most food banks run low on. Our goal to bring in 1000 jars that day - I think God is going to do something crazy amazing and blow right by that goal. We are doing this to lift Jesus up and to show that churches care for the community in practical ways.

    I am also praying for God to send us a truck load of something to give to the food bank and the needy. He will do it and he will be lifted up - I sensed him impressing on my heart when we gave the $1000 that this was just the beginning.

    We want to be a channel of God’s generosity to our city - I am ready to watch God give big time. Thanks for letting me brag on what God is beginning to do with our church.

  23. 23tony
    Jun 13, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Truth and accountability

  24. Jun 13, 2008 at 9:35 am

    BTW - Our church is in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. Sorry I forgot to mention that.

  25. 25Gil
    Jun 13, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Bringing the races together! One church. One body. One voice. One kingdom. One God!

  26. 26Gil
    Jun 13, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Bringing the races together! One church. One body. One voice. One kingdom. One God!
    Aiken, SC

  27. Jun 13, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Great idea, Brandon! Very specific, doable ask - way to go!

    Causes: Kids…health, hunger, homelessness, literacy. And the environment. It gets a bad rap as a cause in the Christian community, but it seems like we should be better stewards of this gorgeous world God has given us.

  28. Jun 13, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Locally, I am deeply disturbed by the number of of couples in serial marriages that that I find my counseling. I want to see the church equip people to be effective in finding healing and hope for their marriages.

    Globally, I have a heart for providing quality healthcare worldwide. My roomate from college is a medical missionary so I think that plays a big part in my passion in this area.

  29. 29Ken
    Jun 13, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Lately I’ve been reflecting on the “little” blessings from God:
    -clean water
    -food
    -fresh air
    -job
    -good health
    -comfort

    And I started thinking about those who desire the “little” things that I take for granted. Take away one of the things I listed above would be unimaginable… so is giving one of the things from my list to those who truly need it.

  30. Jun 13, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    The causes I am passionate about are
    Global poverty
    AIDS
    Human trafficking
    Environmental stewrdship

  31. Jun 13, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Being a champion for women in all areas of ministry. Yep, that includes as lead pastors and elders.

    Wilmore, KY

  32. Jun 13, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Definetely would be providing clean water to the citizens of Rwanda.

  33. 33the nick waters
    Jun 13, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Bobby,

    At the risk of sounding self-absorbed and narrow-minded, my first passion is being my personal best for Jesus Christ.

    While it may seem like a typical “Christian” response to the question that you posed, my answer carries weight with me. If I’m at least working on being my best, then I can give my best to other causes.

    The next greatest passion of my heart is helping the Church to be relevant in today’s culture. While the Gospel is timeless, it seems that God’s people–America, and beyond–often trap themselves in time capsules.

    What if we actually lived as the answer to Jesus’ ONE PRAYER, in the 21st Century? (source: Craig G.)

    Pauls Valley
    Oklahoma

  34. Jun 13, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    One of the causes that I am linked to is Manna Worldwide. I am a part of there leadership. They help start feeding center in areas of need and those centers become a platform to share the gospel. Great ministry based out of Fort Worth, Tx. Our Church has begun to focus our missions work in this direction. They also start Medical Centers, Orphanages, and many other ministries that will help meet physical needs while sharing the gospel.

    http://www.mannaworldwide.com

  35. Jun 13, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Creating reconciliation and healing between the races. Bringing together churches of various denominations, race together to share resources and communicate together at conferences and workshops. I would love to see material with various cultures represented (not all churches have the resources to available to create quality video, curriculum, etc to reach the masses).

  36. Jun 14, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Being authentic and transparent to remove the masks that hide guilt and shame to give hope by example

  37. 37Betty
    Jun 14, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Adoption, and foster care.
    I just don’t understand how we can take in a stray animal so much easier than a fellow human being.

  38. Jun 14, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Large and mega-churches being a help and resource to smaller churches. I see you guys as leading the charge in this with your OPEN. Thanks for your example. This is something I’m extremely passionate about!

  39. Jun 14, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    orphans, orphans, and orphans! Orphans internationally, orphans here (foster care system) and the orphans that have an earthly mom and dad but need their Heavenly Father! Adoption is my passion! :)

  40. 40Dan
    Jun 15, 2008 at 5:37 am

    To see men actually act like Christ and real men to everyone around them.

  41. Jun 18, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I have thought about this, blogged about this, talked about this, and dreamed about this. Here are my Top 5…

    1. Ending racism within the church, and eventually the world.
    2. Bridging the gap between Jesus Christ and this generation.
    3. Creating quality jobs for the unemployed and underprivileged.
    4. Ending poverty.
    5. Providing every child the opportunity to attend college.

    T H I N K | C H A N G E

  42. Jul 5, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Greetings from El Salvador.
    Like Scott Fillmer said, young people leaving church.
    Also poverty amomg our cities, we cannot ignore this fact.

    Blessings.