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What is one ‘cause’ or issue—spiritual, social, or otherwise—that animates or motivates your ministry? Josh Nolt Lancaster (Pa.) BIC

At Lancaster, we want to help our people to focus on Jesus: to read the Bible through the lens of Jesus; to gather in corporate worship to encounter and experience the presence of Jesus; to go into the world embodying Jesus. Jesus is the cause of any of our causes.

Keith Miller LifePath Church (Newark, Del.)

For LifePath, one of our causes is belonging, so we are motivated to create a family for people who need one. We find in our region a huge need for the extended family experience that Jesus people can create. When exhausted, disconnected families and individuals find a sense of belonging, they’re much more able to both engage in the discipleship journey and become mobilized to join God’s healing mission in the broken world around them.

Craig Sipes Morrison (Ill.) BIC

The cause to which God has called my attention is living in peace with all people as far as it depends on us. This commitment not only includes big-picture peacemaking in terms of war and military service, but also—and perhaps even more importantly—small-picture peacemaking in our homes, our churches, and our towns. Today, there seems to be a deep divide between declaring allegiance to the Prince of Peace and actually living peacefully.

Blaine Lougheed Hollowell BIC (Waynesboro, Pa.)

At Hollowell, we are attempting to combat the social evil of human trafficking. Through active engagement, prayer networking, and hosting forums for educators and administrators on the front lines of this fight, we are seeking to inform our community, make it a safer place for children and youth, and serve notice to the darkness: “We as the people of God disagree.”

Jeff Piepho Revolution BIC (Salina, Kans.)

Caring for orphans is close to the heart of God. In Ephesians, God’s grand cosmic plan for human redemption is described as adoption: “In love, God predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ” (1:4). In much the same way, Romans 8:15 describes us calling out, “Abba, Father” (or, Daddy) through “the Spirit of adoption.”

This is a spiritual reality, yet the physical reality for many children is that they have no earthly parent. Who will be their mommy and daddy? You could, if you choose to step in and adopt, as our Heavenly Father did for us.

This article originally appeared in the spring/summer 2015 issue of In Part magazine.

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