HARMONY MATTERS CATALYST FUND

A forward moving catalytic fund to diversify the leadership team at The Urban Refuge, propelling us further along on the journey to harmony.

In September 2015, Terrance Rollerson joined The Urban Refuge staff. But there was a faith step in all of this; so as not to unwisely over extend ourselves and live beyond our means, we need an additional $15,000 per year for the next three years. With a faith-filled heart, Terrance courageously embraced a commitment to raise the needed funds. We want to join him in that commitment and we are asking if you would consider the same.

Please prayerfully consider an amount you can give and join us in this forward moving, kingdom-minded, catalytic effort. Future generations will be blessed by the influence of harmony in their spiritually formative years.

GIVE NOW

 

Andy, Terrance and Chad

Why Harmony Matters at The Urban Refuge

The Need

Our culture is repeatedly bombarded with flare-ups of racial division. Discord is quickly compounded by sensationalized news reports and social media posts dripping with bias. We are struggling with the simple yet profound concept of loving our neighbor as ourselves. Who will lead the way to harmony in our polarized hashtag world? Throughout all of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, we see God working to redeem a people for Himself, a people from every tribe and tongue and nation – colorful and diverse. We believe the Church can and should be the place where relationships transcend our variations, while at the same time, being enriched by them. Sadly, the Church has woefully struggled to live this out when it comes to ethnicity.

1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT) "I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose."

Live in harmony, with no division, united in thought and purpose – imagine that. It’s a lofty urging to be sure, but think of what a diverse church living this out would convey to anyone wondering if God is real or has any answers for life’s brokenness. It would be powerful at the very least and wonderfully irresistible at its best.

Jesus, himself, said in John 13:35 (NLT) “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Our Journey towards Harmony

Tragically, Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours of the week. The Urban Refuge is intent on changing that. Since our inception, we have been on a journey to harmony. Admittedly, we were optimistically naïve in the beginning, essentially thinking, “If we just say we want to be a multi-ethnic church, we will be.” We’ve been humbled and have increasingly realized the need to explore the multitude of dynamics that have so fractured society and churches. We’ve learned the need to examine our hearts to see where we’ve lacked cultural humility and consequently perpetuated the very division we are trying to dismantle.  It’s hard, but good, rewarding, and God honoring work. Walls are coming down, fears are being exposed, humility is being cultivated, seeds of harmony are being planted and wouldn’t you know… harmony is sprouting. 

Of course a diverse leadership team is imperative to fulfill the vision God has given us to build a compassion-filled multi-ethnic urban church with and for future generations. As a mono-ethnic staff with limited resources, we’ve been waiting to see whom God would add to our staff to help propel His people and the vision of The Urban Refuge forward.

While we were waiting, God was preparing. He led Rev. Terrance Rollerson on a similar journey to plant a church in St. Paul with a nearly identical vision. We were working toward this vision in parallel for many years until God saw fit to cross our paths. What began as a friendship between pastors developed into a side-by-side partnership as churches to mutually encourage one another and it has now flourished into something more.
Two years ago when the St. Paul church was struggling, it was decided to team together in one place for a time - incubating together and determining if the St. Paul church could launch anew. We’ve been blessed to make considerable headway in growing to be more multi-ethnic and have had numerous opportunities to speak to our community and beyond about race matters.

Lamentably, the St. Paul church plant was unable to resurge and officially closed in August 2015, but like a kernel of wheat that falls to the ground as a seed for new life, out of this end came a new beginning.

Joining The Urban Refuge Staff

In September 2015, Terrance Rollerson joined The Urban Refuge staff. But there was a faith step in all of this; so as not to unwisely over extend ourselves and live beyond our means we need an additional $15,000 per year for the next three years. With a faith-filled heart, Terrance courageously embraced a commitment to raise the needed funds. We want to join him in that commitment and we are asking if you would consider the same.

You Can Help

Please prayerfully consider an amount you can give and join us in this forward moving, kingdom-minded, catalytic effort. Future generations will be blessed by the influence of harmony in their spiritually formative years.

GIVE NOW

 

 

 



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