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Blue skies and a beautiful day greeted Rowlett residents who came out of their homes on December 26 this year. Quite a change from last year, when they came out to a scene of destruction on all sides after a F4 tornado ripped through their community. This tornado damaged 6,000 homes and injured 23 people in Rowlett, one fatally. After the tornado, the long process of cleanup began. The storm debris removed was enough to fill… Read More

What follows an F4 tornado? Opportunities! Open doors! Rowlett, Texas was devastated by an F4 tornado on Boxing Day (December 26th), and an immediate curfew was put in place to protect against looting. But Sheds of Hope was springing into action. Ready for deployment, two sheds were already being readied for transport. Back in September, Bethel Church of Dallas had built two sheds and stored them in anticipation of the next disaster. Little… Read More

During shed-building in Van, many quick meals were shared like this one last week while we were moving the Metrocrest trailers.  The shed recipients of Van are so thankful that they have initiated the idea of a cookout for the churches that have helped them. On December 12th, we will rejoice together with food, fellowship, and fun for the whole family. Time and place: Saturday, December 12 from 2pm to 4pm on South Bois D… Read More

It’s exciting to see what a few sheds can mean to a community. As sheds have gone up in a low-income part of Van, it has encouraged the people to work together to improve their own homes. Paint is going on new siding, and there’s even talk of getting together for a cook out “like we used to do.” There is even talk that a playground may be given to the neighborhood… Read More

Read part 1 Small groups are a powerful training ground for developing future leaders. Let me make sure you are hearing me right. Through developing leaders, small churches can gain the info-structure needed to reach out from their church into the community. The pastor of a small church would often love to see everyone be involved in small groups. One goal as a pastor of a small church should be to train… Read More

The Role of Small Churches The small church has a tremendous role in providing current and future growth for the church, both in this country and around the world. Trained leaders are key to helping the small church reach its community. Developing future trained leaders will also enable the small church to plant and train churches, as well. No matter what the size of the church, every church has a responsibility to… Read More