Kevin Palau, President of the Luis Palau Association, has come out with a new book telling the inspiring story of the local church in action.
After nearly a decade of quietly working behind the scenes to reimagine city-impacting evangelistic efforts, Palau shares his experiences with fellow leaders in Portland, OR, through Unlikely: Setting aside our differences to live out the Gospel (Howard Books, 2015).
In the book, Palau recalls how he and a handful of pastors set aside their differences, came together in unity, and approached city officials and Portland’s openly gay mayor in 2007 to offer up the volunteer efforts of 15,000 local church members to serve the city’s most critical needs. It tells the story of churches and pastors, city officials and mayors, as well as the Portland Police department, non-profits, public schools, and state DHS officials, who set aside their differences and went to work, partnering to serve the city’s most vulnerable citizens.
“Public schools are being transformed, foster kids and parents supported, and homeless families served through these revolutionary partnerships under the name of ‘CityServe,’” Palau’s ministry reported.
As a result of the effort, a plethora of collaborative partnerships were formed, thousands of individuals were served, and church leaders in dozens of other cities were inspired.
In many ways, and in cities across the nation, the idea has caught on to become what many are calling a Gospel Movement – a united, sustainable effort by churches and cultural leaders to transform their city by meeting critical needs and sharing the love and message of Jesus Christ.
Unlikely: Setting aside our differences to live out the Gospel hit bookstores on June 2.
By NRB Staff
Published: June 11, 2015