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Missional Impact Bridging Cultures

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When Paul and Karen Haenze arrived in Poland in 1998, they had no idea their vision to reach every man, woman and child in one city would grow to over five cities across the country. Missional strategies have changed with the times, but their hearts remain fixed on seeing all those whom they befriend choose…

Missional Moment: Going Out in Uruguay

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Meet Diego Melgar, a member of the El Living “expression” in Uruguay.  Listen as Diego talks about what it means to “go out” and touch the lives of those who may never step inside a traditional church.  Through loving people, because they were created by God, they are transforming lives in their community.

Missional Moment: Linus Morris on Being Sent

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Listen to Linus Morris, founder of Communitas International (previously known as Christian Associates), as he talks about what it means to “be sent”.  As the institutional church struggles to be effective in today’s culture, Linus shares about the need of the church to return to its early roots when Jesus gave the instruction to His…

No Longer Invisible

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Anna was abandoned by her mother at an early age and was thought to be an intellectually/cognitively disabled mute. She never spoke and showed little ability to learn or function. The local government moved her from orphanage to orphanage with no regard for her welfare. Anna was an invisible child, moving from place to place…

Praying for Disciples in Italy

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One of our core values within Communitas International is “Kingdom Seeking,” which means we embrace the daily rhythms of our lives as opportunities to include others in our communities so that they see Jesus in us–and we see Jesus in them. Stefano wanted to pray through his day with Kingdom seeking eyes.  “After meditating more…

Summit Highlight Video 2012

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In March, Christian Associates’ leaders from all over the world gathered in Hoddesdon, England, for the annual Summit conference. This year’s theme was Hallmarks of a Maturing Missional Church.  Together, these leaders discussed the characteristics of a maturing church and shared ways to achieve and celebrate them.  Take a look at this highlight video and get…

Surf, Soil, And Discipleship

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Jairo is a young man on a mission… to combine the love of surfing and service and to disciple young people along the Costa Rican coast to be fishers of men. Before God called the Ulloa family to serve as missional staff with Communitas, they spent their summers visiting missionary friends in Costa Rica. Working in…

The Impact of Giving Day

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Before planting a church in Ithaca, NY, Elizabeth and I had begun two university ministries; one at the University at Albany and a second at Cornell University. During that period, we were bi-vocational and also raised ministry support. Eventually, the church we planted grew, I received a salary and was relieved that I would never…