My dinner with Zack

April 12, 2008

I had the privilege of sharing dinner with Zack Newsome tonight. (Darn it, I did not think of taking any photos!) I admire the leap he is making in downtown Phoenix and want to learn from it.

Quote of the evening:
We started a community, but after a while it became clear that it was just another emerging church, which is not what I wanted. It was still consumeristic, in that people were there because they were unhappy with their previous churches and felt this was a group that could satisfy them. But they weren’t interested in the mission. So we killed it.

…And refocused themselves around the mission of sharing kingdom life with those beyond the reach of the existing church — people for whom “church” is not an option (but I don’t see that limiting God’s ongoing work in any way). Zack, you’re my hero.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.