Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Save the Date!!

On Monday, October 16th, Kingdom Causes will be hosting our 2nd annual Golf Marathon here in Long Beach. 100 holes of golf in a day! But, this is actually not really about golf. You don't even have to be a 'professional' golfer to get involved. You can sign up to come and play or you can help a golfer out by sponsoring them for every hole that they play. This event will help us advance the local work here. More information to come soon!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

"His Nesting Place" on Cable TV

One of our local ministries is going to be on TV in a "30 Day" Actual Reality Documentary. The title of this specific episode is "Pro-life - pro-choice"

The show can be viewed on FX cable

The time and date is Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 pm E/P

The episode features a pro-choice women from Georgia who had an abortion six years ago. She spent approximately 30 days at His Nesting Place Maternity Home interacting with the mothers, children and staff.

Let's encourage others to watch the program and pray that God will use this to help others become pro-life as His Nesting Place gets exposure.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Long Beach Rescue Mission Tour

Yesterday afternoon I went and met with Jesse Krohmer at the Long Beach Rescue Mission. After a recent difficult season in the life of that ministry, he is one of the new faces there working to advance and expand the work. It was great to tour the facility and hear about some of their hopes, dreams and plans for the future. What a tremendous Kingdom resource they are to the city!! Great work! Keep it up!

Also, if you are interested in learning more about their work and/or how you might get involved yourself they are hosting a 2 day revival/open house for the neighborhood on August 18-19. They are looking for more support for the activities of that day. If you are interested you can contact Jesse at 562-591-1292, ext 13.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Praying for Revolution Church Family

This morning we gathered as a group of local Church leaders at "The Hub". This is the new ministry center for the Revolution church family. As a relatively new church plant here in Long Beach it was encouraging to see, hear and experience their passion for spreading the Good News of the Gospel. Creativity abounds here! They shared with us and asked for prayer primarily in regards to their expansion efforts. The vision of this ministry is to be "one church with multiple locations". Our prayer was that the Lord would continue to stretch them, mature them, multiply them and continue to grant them passion for the local harvest fields. For more information you can check out their web site.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

"In Jesus Name I Pray" is back

In Carson that is... I have heard a number of local leaders express their frustration that they are not allowed to pray in Jesus' name locally here (still have not heard otherwise) at the city council meetings. Check this out:

California Mayor and City Council Restore Right for Pastors to Pray "In Jesus' Name"Gene Maddaus/TN (Daily Breeze, Jun 27, 2006)"Jesus is back, by order of the mayor."

In 2002, the Carson, California city council voted to obey a 2002 state appellate court ruling barring ministers from "invoking the name of Jesus" at public meetings. Since that time, area pastors have stayed away from the meetings. But, according to a report in the Daily Breeze, Mayor Jim Dear changed his mind, and the council voted last month to "allow Christian pastors to invoke their Savior at the beginning of City Council meetings." "Jesus is back, by order of the mayor," Dear proclaimed, adding that he invited clergy members to pray "the way they do on Sunday morning." Reporter Gene Maddaus noted that when asked if he would pray to Jesus, Buggs said, "Of course."

Maybe our new mayor will have a change of heart as well!?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast

Every year in our city there is a Leadership Prayer Breakfast. The prayer time is actually patterned after the National Prayer Breakfast which is held annually in Washington D.C.. It is designed to gather local civic and business leaders for a time of personal reflection to our Creator, as well as affirm the Spiritual Heritage of our Nation. Every year locally here there is a keynote speaker that comes and shares an encouraging message of some sort. Into that story is woven their personal testimony and a presentation of the Gospel message.

This year's speaker is going to be Judy Martz. She was elected as Montana's 21st Governor in 2000 and was the first woman to have been so in that state.

I have been blessed to have been a part of these for the past 4 years now. Prayerfully consider coming. Start by saving the date!

Thursday, September 7th, 2006
7:25 am - 9:00 am
$30/ticket (includes breakfast, program and parking)
Hyatt Regency Long Beach (200 South Pine Ave)

Shoot me an email if you need more information.


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Harvest Crusade

with Pastor Greg Laurie. August 11-13. Angel Stadium.

Monday, June 26, 2006

A day of City Tours

What a fun day. This morning I met the IV students at 8:00 in the morning to head out on a city tour. I always like to start these conversations by asking what people have heard about and/or know about Long Beach. When you are with youth you always hear about Snoop. Some of the students were from the LA Basin and knew a little bit more. Things like most ethnically diverse city in the nation, known for tourism (Queen Mary, etc...) and has a big sea port were mentioned. After driving around a bit to see the transitioning of neighborhoods we went to Sophy's Cambodian and Thai restaurant for lunch. Great food!

While at lunch we had the Summer Servants team from the East San Gabriel Valley join us. Kingdom Causes partners with the New Hope Network to work in that area. I spent the afternoon hanging with this team as we dialogued about city-reaching, praying for your city, mobilizing the church in a city and how people of "good faith" can come together with people of "good will" to work together for tangible solutions for the good of the whole community.

Great times! I love seeing young people get excited about serving cities. I love being able to encourage them at such a critical stage of their life to give themselves away for the cause of Christ and for the love of their neighbors. I love seeing and hearing about how God stirs hearts to pursue things that He cares about. I too was encouraged by their passion. Fun times.

Side note #1: this muggy weather is ridiculous!
Side note #2: I just got my digital camera back from Best Buy (in for the 3rd time!!) and need to take more photos for this blog.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Intervarsity students arrive today!

In addition to the 48 or so Campus Crusade for Christ students that are here this summer, there are almost 20 IV students here now as well. We worked with them last year as well to assist them in their summer teams. They have a handful of teams working around LA and two of the teams are here in Long Beach. They will primarily be working at Covenant Presbyterian, New Life Nazarene and Christian Outreach in Action (COA). Each team will spend various mornings at COA serving breakfast and working in their warehouse and the rest of their days will be spent at either one of the other two sites working in the youth ministries there. They will be helping kids with homework, hanging out, helping the older kids lead the younger kids, doing work projects and will even help plan or orchestrate a VBS.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Here in Slovakia

Here in Slovakia I am visiting some long time friends Brad and Carla Thiessen and seeing their work with the Gypsies and refugees from other war torn nations. Brad has started a language school to help foierners from countries like Afghanistan and Burundi learn the Slovakia language so they can adapt better to society. He has also helped to plant a gypsy church and is teaching gypsy believers working skills like plastering and wood working. The gypsy are a people group that are despised all throughout Europe, and Brad and Carla are looking to change the culture one life at a time. They have been in Slovakia for 15 years with their 4 boys. I am helping to drywall a guest house and played some music at a pizza Party on Friday where they were able to share with some of the Language students. I will be home on Tuesday morning see you then.
Love you all


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Where in the world is Jim Schorr?

Hey Jim, send us a word about how things are going in your parts! Encourage us about God's Global work! Jim is currently on the other side of the planet. Whether he gets a chance to post while there or if it isn't until he gets back home...I'll encourage him to share!

Hanging out in Bluff Park

Last night I took the family down to hang out at Bluff Park with the 40+ Campus Crusade Students who are here for the Summer. They were gathering for a time of testimony, encouragement and prayer. It was great to hear the stories of how God is using them to be a blessing here in the city! They are here to get jobs, build relationships/friendships around the city with people, initiate spiritual conversations and share about the radical love that Jesus has for people. Along the way we are believing that many will also choose to similarly follow in the ways of Jesus. Our hopes would be that a handful of new churches/missional communities would be birthed this summer as well.

Great to see Thien Doan (new church planter) down there as well to encourage the students!

Next week: 20 some InterVarsity students will be here in the city to start a 5 week stint and we have them connected to Christian Outreach in Action, Covenant Presbyterian Church, North Long Beach Community Prayer Center and New Life Nazarene Church. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Do it again Lord...

One of the things that I have been praying about lately (as I shared on Pentecost Sunday) is that the Spirit would do something in our day that would not only bless the entire city as a whole but would also serve to encourage the hearts of Jesus followers in a hundred years from now. That they would be able to look back and be encouraged about the Lord's faithfulness to His people, to His Word and to our city.

One of those stories that does this to me is the story of what happened here in Long Beach back in the 1920's. Of late I have been learning more about happened during this time period. By coincidence (!?) on Pentecost sunday Christine Lu (*hat tip*) happened to give me a Press-Telegram magainze from 2003 that was entitled "100 famous faces of long beach." If you have never heard of a local preacher from those days whose name was George Taubman check this out. Along with the likes of Cameron Diaz (grew up in a house around the corner from me), Nicolas Cage, Denise Austin, Bo Derek, Steven Spielberg, Warren G, he made the top 100 list! Here is how they told the story:

"Dr. George Primrose Taubman found his way to Long Beach in April 1915 when he was already 46. A pastor who tended flocks in Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio and Oklahoma, Taubman became the first pastor of the First Christian Church, then at 4th street and American Ave. The men's Bible group had a membership of 40, with about 25 attending most meetings. Under Taubman, that figure would grow a bit. With the (apperently) charismatic Taubman leading the studies, the group outgrew its room at the church by 1917 and moved to the Laughlin Theater on Pine Ave. Two years later, it moved to the biggest indoor meeting spot available, the Municipal Auditorium, where 2,000 men would gather to hear Taubman's sermons and sing to their God and country. And it still grew. Throughout the 1920's, Taubman had to take his class outdoors in Lincoln Park to accommodate regular turnouts of 4,000 men (women were allowed twice a year - on Easter Sunday and Mother's Day). Occasionally, Taubman would put together a special program that would draw as many os 30,000 men. With the radio audience, the figure would go as high as 100,000 listeners to Taubman's sermons. On June 12, 1938, with his health declining, Taubman gave up the Bible class. The last crowd he drew was the hundreds who showed up for his funeral in Long Beach on March 14, 1947."

I have pictures of these gatherings in my office. It might look different in these days but none-the-less come and do it again Lord...

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

What else happened on Pentecost Sunday!?!

Millions of Believers from Almost 200 Nations Pray during the Global Day of Prayer
News Staff / Aimee Herd reporting (Jun 5, 2006)

"There are more than 4,000 venues across Africa, where an estimated 40 million Africans are joining the river of prayer that's sweeping the continent, and the world."

According to a report by Mission Network News, 198 nations registered as taking part in yesterday's Global Day of Prayer. Making it even more significant was the fact that it was Pentecost Sunday, when over two thousand years ago, the original outpouring of the Holy Spirit was experienced by Jesus' followers in Jerusalem, and the "Church" was born.

A report from Taiwan stated, "Today, the power of Christian Pentecost was shown clearly in Taiwan. Thousands of Christians have come out of the disputes, and joined together at the Presentation Square in Taipei City, not to make a political statement, but to pray for the country and to praise the Lamb." (Photo: Brian Blanco/The Herald-Attendees sing, dance and worship in the isles during The Global Day of Prayer Sunday afternoon at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Convention Center.)

In Hong Kong: "More than 30,000 Christians flocked to the Honk Kong Stadium, to play their part in a worldwide Global Day of Prayer. They prayed to God to protect the city's health, in particular from the threat of a bird flu epidemic. They also prayed to the Lord to give direction and faith to the youth of Hong Kong, who were a strong presence in the crowd, and to heal fractured relationships between family members."

From Africa, where the Global Day of Prayer movement began, it was reported: "There are more than 4,000 venues across Africa where an estimated 40 million Africans are joining the river of prayer that's sweeping the continent and the world." (Photo: Believers in Africa pray together.)

In Egypt, a reporter for Sat-7 said, "I'm at the Cave Church in Garbage City near Cairo, Egypt where a couple thousand people have gathered today on the Global Day of Prayer. It is such a privilege to be here with these believers. Many have come out and are celebrating in one heart and one spirit as we come together."

In the U.S.: "My name is Graham Wells and I'm calling from Atlanta, Georgia. We had an event right on the steps of the Capitol, and it began thundering and lightning. Although it was cut short, there was a great sense of God's presence and prayers going out to God to work in this great city of Atlanta."

And a report came in from Calgary, Alberta, Canada: "I'm standing just outside the Prengrove Saddledome where even now, thousands of Christians in this city are beginning to rally to celebrate through worship and prayer, Pentecost Sunday and this global day of prayer."

Check out the following sites for more stories:


Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Pentecost Sunday

What a glorious day it was! Around 200 people gathered locally here to lift up praises to God Almighty, ask the Lord to move throughout our cities and celebrate the Lord's Supper together. We came expecting the Spirit to move and we were not dissappointed! There is just something very special about being together in the presence of the Spirit with followers of Jesus that represent a diverse cross-section of the Church of the city! Many theological perspectives, many different cultures and backgrounds, many different expressions of Worship and yet one Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We joined with a concert of millions of voices all around the planet that asked "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in our city as it is in heaven!" Do it Lord! For Your Name sake!

So many people contributed to make this gathering truly something special for all those that were able to make it out. We want to thank ALL OF YOU for doing your part to make this 1 day of gathering an incredible blessing to the Lord and to the collective Church of the city!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Day #10 Prayer Update


How appropriate was it that we ended our 10 days of prayer gathering at a local church that is actually an extension of an African church. This whole 10:1:90 effort has its roots in the Church of Africa. All Saints Anglican Church is part of the Luweero Diocese of Uganda.

Once again it was a blessing to be joined in prayer for our city with believers from around the city. Tonight we prayed that Christians both locally and abrod would live with the expectancy of the ancient promises of God's blessing to be fulfilled in our days. The result would be nothing short of the transformation of our communities, nations and countries.

Thanks to the All Saints family for hosting us!!

Another perspective from the 10 day journey...

I just received an email from Carol OConnell. She is one of the many great people that I have met for the first time over the past few days that are equally committed to praying for the city. I and many others stand with you Carol! Here is what she sent:

"I have been honored and incredibly blessed to be a part of the Kingdom Causes-led intercession and prayer storm for Long Beach, our nation and the world over the last 10 days. We have cried out to God for mercy, grace and compassion and that He would pour out His spirit over this city and bring radical transformation. Our sense has been that repentance and unity are the keys. Early on, I had a vision of the walls of the individual Long Beach churches just collapsing and, when the dust settled, there were no denominations or isolation - it had become the Church of Long Beach - precious, shared and powerful. As we have traveled to different wonderful congregations throughout this journey, as we have been welcomed in as family, and as we have seen the power of joining hands across cultural and denominational boundaries, I have seen the absolute truth in that vision. If we were each to mobilize - to get out into the communities - to visit other churches just to bless them - then I believe revival would hasten as we stand shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart with all eyes on Jesus. As Mother Teresa said, "All for Jesus. All for Jesus. All for Jesus. All for Jesus." "

Day #9 Prayer Update


What a treat last night at Covenant Presbyterian Church! Another great evening of the Spirit guiding the Church into a focused time of intercession for the city. Each of our morning and evening prayer times over the past few days has been unique and different and last night was no excetion to this. Pastors Rob and Adelle Langworthy prepared a special prayer time for us that involved a contemplative environment by displaying revolving slides of creation images, having us sit still in rows quietly before the Lord and by adorning the cross area at the front of the chapel with numerous candles. The ambiance of the room alerted our senses to the presence of the Lord in our midst.

In addition, our prayer time was punctuated with Taize chanting in Latin. A young woman named Michelle from their local church joined us and she served as our Cantor (soloist). She would use her "angelic" opera voice to affirm our prayers throughout the evening. After each of us offered up prayers she would sing in Latin the following phrase: "Ex-au-di-nos, ex-au-di-nos" ("Lord, hear our prayers; Lord, hear our prayers").

At other times during the hour we as the "assembly" would be taught a phrase in latin to sing (the "ostinato" chant) and while we would sing that repetively she would sing other Sciptural texts in Latin over our chanting. The journey over the hour of prayer was nothing short of amazing.

In the midst of our prayers for the healing touch of Christ to be felt I was specifically struck with some of the things that we were praying for: worldwide over 250,000 young people are infected every month with HIV and over 30,000 children die daily from preventable diseases. Lord, have mercy... How can we (I) sit still any longer?

Off to All Saint's Anglican Church facilities tonight!! Can't wait!!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Day #8 Prayer Update

What you see in the above picture is the reason I was late in getting to the evening prayer gathering last night at Glad Tidings Church in North Long Beach. Our Kingdom Causes Bellflower crew was hosting a Ministry Advancement Dinner and I wanted to be there to help them kick off the night. Well over 200 people showed up! Good work team! May the Lord continue to radically bless your local work there as you take responsibility for your city and may the resources (people, skills and finances) abound!

There is a 10:1:90 effort also going on in Bellflower over these past few days and the will be joining us on Pentecost Sunday as well :)

Now about the prayer time.


I showed up late to see a large circle of people in the "upper room" at Glad Tidings Tabernacle full of many young adults. Turns out that a handful of them were CSULB students who have been asking God to do great things on their campus locally here and some were part of a Campus Crusade for Christ team that are here for the entire Summer (partnering with Kingdom Causes and the Crossroads network of house-churches) to plant simple (house) churches in and around our city.

How great it was to pray for followers of Jesus to be courageous in their faith and in their love. After spending day #6 praying for "the coming generation" it only made these prayers seem all the more on point since they were coming from the hearts of younger people. We prayed at length for the labors of all of the young people this Summer who are living in this city and will be extending the Kingdom of God in various ways. I was thoroughly encouraged last evening!

Pastor Barbara, thanks for hosting an evening of prayer for the city! Lord, move in and through the family of faith that gathers there! Continue to make yourself famous in this part of our city!

*(I forgot to take a picture. Darn.)

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Day #7 Prayer Update


"and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself" -Acts 2:39

I just got home from an incredible night of praying for our city. We gathered this evening at the Long Beach Community Worship Center with over 250 other people! There was a definite "rumbling" happening as we raised our voices in unison calling out to God for our city! We worshiped together as a large group and then broke into smaller groups to simultaneously call out to God for those in our city that are far from Him. Spirit, bring salvation to our city tonight! Our prayer was that God's people would make themselves available to be used by God in their bold witness and in their acts of love towards their neighbors.

I could have kept going all night long! Thanks to the LBCWC family for hosting night #7. Hope to see many of you out on Sunday evening as well!

Didn't get a chance to say "hi" to all of CSULB students but I saw you there in the back! Glad you could make it and were able to join in the chorus of intercession tonight! Hope to see you on Sunday again if not sooner!

The momentum towards Pentecost is building and there is an ever increasing sense of expectation for our time together on that day. The Church of the City gathered together as one. What a powerful and prophetic statement itself that would be. May the momentum only continue in the days ahead...

Asking for Godly Wisdom this morning

In our time of prayer this morning we centered on the theme of Godly Wisdom for a lot of our time. It was great to see us interweaving our time with Scripture recitation and prayer. Everyone had their Bibles open and on their laps.

Here is a small taste:

"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to Him."

Lord we are lacking! Teach us how to Love our city more!

"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere."

This is what we want! This is what we need! We prayed that God on high would grant us a single-minded focus and supernatural sensitivity to what he would have us be and do. We are trusting that the Lord will do great things around our city in the 90 period of blessing after Pentecost Sunday.

What an absolute joy it has been getting up bright and early to greet the Lord. Spending on of the 1st hours of our day in His presence together has been wonderful! Calling all early risers...we'd love to have you join us!

Day 6 Seeking God for the next Generation

Last night we met at Long Beach Christian Fellowship for and evening of seeking God on behalf of the coming generation. The Lord directed our prayers for new young leaders in the city, musicians, youth leaders in churches that have none and unity among the young leaders in the city now. For the Lord to raise up this next generation with the "fear of the Lord" in their hearts, integrity in their words and a holy disdain for the things of this world. Our prayers were for families to be reconciled back together, fathers to children and children to their parents.For the Schools, with teachers and Administrator to see their call to raise up the next generation of leaders. For the Lord to give this next generation courage to say yes to His ways, and here am I send me into the dark areas of our city. What an exciting night to be with believers who love to pray and cry out to our God on behalf of our city. Thank you Pastors Doug and Valerie Richardson and all of LBCF, for your friendship, support and years of intercession, may you always know His amazing presence.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

10-1-90 Day 5 Victory Outreach

Wow, what a time of worship and prayer that was hostd by Pastor Brian Apodoca, his wife Tilly and their church Victory Outreach last night. Around 60 people from around the city came to pray for the Peace of God to fall on our city; in homes, at schools, in neighborhoods, on the streets, from city hall to the nations capitol. We prayed for the drug dealers and the wounded of Long Beach to know and experience God's love and forgivness in their lives. Mothers cried out for wayward children and broken homes, little children thanked the Lord for getting their fathers off of drugs and fathers wept at God's kndness.

These nights of prayer have been encouraging at each site, if you have opportuniy come and join us tonight at Long Beach Christian Fellowship at 3210 Airport Waywith Pastor Doug Richardson, on Wendesday we will be at Long Beach Worship Center with Pastor Sheridan McDaniel
Hope to see you there

Monday, May 29, 2006

Day #4 Prayer Update

The night and day rhythm of prayer continues. We know that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective and we believe that much work is being accomplished in these days by the fervent prayers of God's people. It is tremendously encouraging to know that Christians all around this city are praying with a unified voice for similar things. For those of us that are able to gather together (for those of you that have come out, thank you so much for joining us!! you have been an extra encouragement in these days.) we have been buoyed knowing that prayer is going up all around our city.


That was the theme today. At both the am and pm gatherings we read from 2 Chronicles 7:14 where God says that if we "humble ourselves and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven and will forgive our sins and will heal our land!" Hear our prayers of repentance Lord and be faithful to Your Word and heal our land! Do this in our city Lord, for Your name's sake!

A special thanks goes out to the Light & Life Christian (North) family for hosting this gathering last night. Speaking on behalf of the rest of the group that represented other parts of the region, it was great to be joining hearts with you in prayer for the city that we all love! They ended their regular Sunday service early and transitioned into a focused time of prayer. Thanks to Devin and the band for beginning and ending our prayer time with praise and worship.

It has been great to see more and more representation of the Body of Christ from around the city. What fun it will be on Pentecost Sunday when a broad representation of the Church of the city gathers to pray! If you are able, consider joining us one of these evening or morning prayer times before Sunday.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Day #3 Prayer Update


"in the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all people..." - Acts 2:17

Tonight at the Parkcrest Campus we prayed that God would pour out His Spirit upon all people. Parkcrest will also be hosting our Pentecost gathering at their other campus and it was great to have Pastor Roger join us tonight.

We are beginning to ask the Lord in our times of prayer how we are to continue lifting up our city in prayer in the days ahead. Should there be more gatherings? How might the various prayer networks around the city share insights and requests? What role does the local Church leadership play in serving this city-wide prayer covering? How do we connect this prayer covering with the other Kingdom activities that occur (or soon will be!) around the city? We are asking the Lord for direction on this in the days ahead. If you are praying on your own and are getting a similar sense that this needs to happen and/or have been given a thought please let us know!

Friday, May 26, 2006

All hands on deck!!

I brought my two daughters out to pray last night. As one of my good friends always says... "When kids decide to follow Christ they don't simply get a junior Holy Spirit and a Jesus action figure" (hat tip: Neil Cole). They are full fledged followers. All hands on deck when it comes to praying for our city! My daughters pray for the city often and I am excited to have them be a part of the 10:1:90. They were encouraged to see that others pray for the city too, some of them "louder than others" :) Younger followers of Jesus are welcome to join us in any of our prayer times. We had a good contingent of the young ones present last night!

Day #2 of Prayer

"these all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer..." (Acts 1:14)


Today we prayed for every local church in the city BY NAME. Kingdom causes is working to have an updated list of local church bodies and we printed out that list and passed it around to the handfuls of people that came. What an incredible time of prayer it was.

We prayed for the local church leadership, the spiritual family that gathers there, the various generations of people the together there and their combined efforts in loving the city with the Love of Christ. We prayed that the Spirit would stir their hearts individually and collectively and make them people of prayer!

Quick shout out to the Long Beach Christian Fellowship Prayer team that joined us. They gather regularly on Friday mornings to pray. They left at 7:00 and headed out to pray for another hour. You go ladies!!

We are sensing already that one of the outcomes of this 10:1:90 effort is to identify the places around the city that Christians are gathering regularly for prayer. We'll see how the Lord leads here in the days ahead. Any others know of some!?

Two more local community organizations are on board for Pentecost Sunday

Today we heard from both Christian Outreach in Action and the Womens Shelter of Long Beach (Shelter and outreach program for victims of domestic violence and their children) about wanting to be there next Sunday. Stop by their tables to learn more about what they do and how you might get involved!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Day #1 of Prayer


The prayer has begun. 4 of us from different local churches gathered this morning from 6-7 am to seek the Kingdom on behalf of our city. For one solid hour we worshiped and prayed. Great time with the Lord! Much was accomplished in our time together! We rejoice knowing that we are part of an expanding and increasing effort in seeking the welfare of our city...by intently praying for it! We are hoping to establish a rhythm of prayer over the next 10 days leading up to Pentecost Sunday. It has begun...

In the evening Hilltop Park gave us an incredible view of a large section of our city! We worshiped, we prayed, we danced and we proclaimed publically that Jesus Christ is worthy of our praise! Following the designated prayer points for the day we prayed that hearts would blaze with love and loyalty to Christ the King and Lord of all. We also prayed for breakthrough of hope and blessing in the parts of our city that needed it. Lord bring lasting transformation throughout this entire community!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Prayer Sites for 10 days of focused prayer

10 Days of Prayer (May 25th – June 3rd)

Download Daily Prayer points: visit www.kingdomcauses.org

Morning gatherings: daily from 6:00 am – 7:00 am

Kingdom Causes’ Office
1965 E. 21st Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755
(grey building on the NW corner of 21st Street/Cherry)

Evening gatherings: daily from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday (25th): Hilltop Park (2351 Dawson, Signal Hill, CA 90755)

Friday (26th): Hilltop Park (2351 Dawson, Signal Hill, CA 90755)

Saturday (27th): Parkcrest Christian Church
(3936 Woodruff Ave, Long Beach, CA 90808)

Sunday (28th): Light & Life Christian Fellowship (North)
(5951 Downey Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805)

Monday (29th): Victory Outreach (11 W. Plymouth, Long Beach, CA 90805)

Tuesday (30th): Long Beach Christian Fellowship
(3210 Airport Way, Long Beach, CA 90806)

Wednesday (31st): Long Beach Community Worship Center
(1309 E 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA 90802)

Thursday (1st): Glad Tidings Tabernacle
(1900 E. South Street, Long Beach, CA 90805)

Friday (2nd): Covenant Presbyterian Church
(607 E. Third St, Long Beach, CA 90802)

Saturday (3rd): All Saints’ Anglican Church
(346 Termino Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814)

Friday, May 19, 2006

Did you know?

When you compare Long Beach to the 70 largest cities in the United States Long Beach is...

6th nationally in overall poverty (26.4% of all residents)
6th in households paying 30% or more of income on rent and utilities
3rd in children under 18 living in poverty (45.2%)
2nd in persons living in overcrowded or severely-overcrowded conditions (15.1%)

Lord, have mercy! Church, should this be?

*(source: recently released by the American Community Survey (ACS))

Monday, May 15, 2006

Grass Roots Mobilizing for 10:1:90

We are sending out the following email this morning to help spread the word. If you read this would you consider passing along the information!?

Momentum is building! The word is getting around! People are responding! Together we will “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city…praying to the Lord for it…” (Jeremiah 29:7).

Prayerfully consider being a part of this 10:1:90 effort! Think of 3-4 (or more!) other people that you know should pray/serve along side of you! Help us get the word out in the next few days about this grass-roots mobilizing effort for prayer/service!

10 Days of Prayer (May 25th – June 3rd)
The daily prayer guides are available for download at our website! We have also almost identified all of our nightly prayer gathering opportunities. Parkcrest Church, Light & Life Christian Fellowship (North), Victory Outreach, Long Beach Christian Fellowship, Long Beach Community Worship Center, Covenant Presbyterian, and All Saints’ Anglican have all caught the vision for city-wide prayer/service and are on board. Two more local church sites yet to go and we will be all set!

1 Day of Gathering for Prayer on Pentecost Sunday (June 4th)
This gathering will be the culmination of 10 days of focused prayer for our cities and we are believing that God has something special in store for us as we come before Him together asking for “His Kingdom to Come and His will to be done” in our lives, our families, the Church and in our cities! We will be gathering at Parkcrest’s Lakewood Campus on that Sunday from 6:15 – 7:45 pm.

90 Days of Serving our City (June 5th – Sept 2nd)
“As the Father has sent me, so I send you!” – Jesus (John 20:21) A call has been extended by none other than the Lord himself for us to go! It is for the sake of this call that we are seeking to unleash the Church upon our city this summer in the 10:1:90 effort. Over these 90 days of service may we be known in our city as having the Lord’s same passion, love and commitment to our neighbors that He does! We want to encourage you, your family, your small group or your church family to go!
All of the specific details are in the following attachments. Feel free to tailor the information as needed for your context. If you know anyone who might be interested in being a part of this pass on the information or have them get in contact with us!

Visit our web site at www.kingdomcauses.org for more information

Pressing On~

Brad Fieldhouse

Jim Schorr

Friday, May 05, 2006

National Day of Prayer

It is great to be apart of a community of believers who want to make Jesus famous in our city. At 12 pm on May 4th (the national day of prayer) over 120 people gathered at city hall to pray for our nation, state and city. There were 11 leaders from different ministries in the city, that took a leadership role in

1:Praising God for who he is and thanking Him for His abundant blessing on us everyday, ---- Pastor Keith Wells – Bethany Church, Pastor Tony Perez – Worship Center in Long Beach, and Pastor Brandon Piliavar – Calvary Chapel North L.B.

2: Asking for forgiveness and mercy on behalf of the church and the nation, where we have violated Gods laws by our actions, thought and words – led by Pastor Tom Fenholt -- Calvary Chapel The Shore and Pastor Tom McNaughton – Signal Hill Christian Center

3: Praying for our national needs; leadership, wisdom, President Bush, Senate and House, Justice Department and for our service men and women around the world that are in harms way for protection and safe return home led by Pastor Randy Carter – Friends House at Drake Park, Pastor Jerry Reub -- Cornerstone Church, and Pastor Gregory Johnson – Westside Baptist Church.

4: Praying for the City of Long Beach the election, Mayor, City Council, Police, Firefighters, Teachers, Businesses, Poor and Homeless, Students and God visitation once again to the churches led by Pastor Bob Mabry – Hope Community Church and Pastor Greg Rhodes – Bethany Church.

My sincere thanks to all the pastors who came our to pray and to Jana Shields who got the whole thing together. It is my privilege to serve in this city with such a group of believers.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Great time this morning!

We had 15 people at our ministry facilities forum this morning. This diverse group represented church leaders who have been working in the city here for more than a decade all the way to one person who is praying about planting a church here in the city. All of these leaders in one way or another are wrestling with facility space issues.

Harold Richardson, a retired local business owner (and the father of Doug Richardson who is the pator of Long Beach Christian Fellowship), gave us a first hand account of someone who has worked with the city to identify and secure ministry facility space locally. Great stuff! He painted a realistic picture of the potential challenges that anyone might face along these lines.

Two quick take-aways for me: 1) One really does need to do their homework (local community by-in, functionality of the site, etc...) before bringing your Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Application before the Planning Commission and 2) as a collective Church here in the city we need to make sure that we are approaching the process, as challenging and frustrating as it might be at times, with the upmost integrity (not trying to skirt the CUP system, not flying under the radar, etc...). There is a lot at stake here in terms of credibility and we need to have a clean conscience if we are going to fight for this and/or any other justice issue in our cities. The other reality is that it only makes life more difficult for those that come behind us if we don't.

If you want any more of the brainstorm details check under the "Forums" link.

And, oh yeah, thanks Harold!!

Monday, March 06, 2006

Identifying Local Ministry Facilities Forum

This Wednesday Kingdom Causes will be hosting a forum on "Identifying Local Ministry Facilities" for any local church leader here in the greater Long Beach/Lakewood area. This can be a challenge no matter if you are a new church planter or have been ministering here for years! We have heard many of you talking about this issue lately and we want to serve you by helping get many of your questions answered that no doubt come to mind with this issue.

We are inviting a special guest, Harold Richardson, to come and share with us out of his years of expertise in working with the city in this regard as a local pastor. He has REALLY DONE HIS HOMEWORK on this issue and will be giving us a first hand account of the process of working with the city, the numerous challenges that we face locally and even suggest how you (we) might proceed from here. We will end the time by brainstorming about what next steps there might be to help you proceed from here.

When: Wednesday, March 8th
Time: 7:30 AM (sharp) - 9:00 AM
Where: Bixby Café & Pizza (3900 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807)(Atlantic Blvd just South of Carson. Across from Washington Mutual)
Cost: Free other than the cost of your own breakfast The Bixby Café is providing us with a separate back room free of charge but will be providing staff to take our breakfast orders.

In order to attend this forum you will need to RSVP!! Please contact Judy Wilson at jwilson@lbcf.org or at 562-989-6000 before Noon on Tuesday, March 7th if you plan on attending. If you get this message after this deadline give me a call. We will make it work!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Praying for Citylights Community Church

Another incredible morning discovering how God is mobilizing His people locally. This morning we were hosted by Pastors Thien Doan and Tom Demorest for our local monthly church leaders prayer gathering. These two brothers are the leaders of Citylights Community Church. What an exciting time of story telling and prayer! This church is yet another one of the Church PLants that has recently come into the city. They shared about how God drew them here and how there are navigating some of the challenges that face ministries in a complex and diverse urban center such as this. They were extremely encouraged by having other leaders from around the region come and pray for them. The rest of us were encouraged by their faith and their passion for the city that we also love dearly.

One of the exciting aspects of their story was how they are partnering with Parkcrest Church which is letting use their facilities on 7th and Obispo. They currently have their offices there and have just begun a program called Kids Stuff for the local kids in the neighborhood. What a great example this is of churches in the city not caring about their "own territory" but rather creatively seeking out ways for Kingdom resources such as these buildings to be maximized for the greatest Kingdom impact.

They specifically asked for prayer in the following areas:

1. For their Kids Stuff program
2. Word to spread throughout the neighborhood about this safe place for kids to come and play
3. Their Sunday evening church gathering at the Blue Nile coffee shop in the East Village Arts District.
4. Team dynamics with their core team - a few people doing a lot of work
5. More strategic partnerships across the city
6. Financial advancement for their ministry
7. Clear sense of direction and organizational development as they move forward

Next month we are heading over to West side Long Beach to see and hear how God is at work there as well. Email me if you are a local church leader and are interested in joining us!