Dear Brothers and Sisters:
We hope the holidays were wonderful for all of you. Now a new year has begun and we offer ourselves to the Lord for what he would have us to be doing. Long ago we thought about what God wanted us to do in the world and with our lives. None of us knows how long we will be here, and while we are here we all have the same amount of time in a day, week, or year. We wanted to make our lives count for God, for something good, to help people in some important way.
We didn’t start with a lot, we didn’t have a lot of connections, or money. We weren’t that smart or gifted. We were filled with the love of and for God, and we hurt in our hearts for the those affected by racism and poverty. We believed in the one tangible thing that had changed our lives and that was the local church. We have dedicated our lives to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to his church. So we seek to plant and build churches in places of need, churches that bring both poor and middle class people together, churches that preach and live mercy and justice.
Recently we were in Richmond, VA and were able to visit with Pastor Stan Morton, who has taken over a church plant called Crown & Joy. This plant was started by Leon Brown, but he has left and now we hope that Pastor Morton can develop elders and lead the church to particularization (that moment when a church goes from being a “plant” to be an organized congregation). That same day I (Randy) was able to preach at Northside PC with Pastor Matt Lorrish, which just this last year became particularized. In the afternoon we had a discussion with folks and both Pastor Stan and Matt were there. We are excited about the possibilities in that city as these pastors work together to live out reconciliation. These are two wonderful and good men. Please pray for them. (Photos above top Pastor Stan Morton at Crown and Joy; at right Sunday afternoon discussion with Northside Church and interested others)
One of the things we do at the Network is to plan, support, and hold various conferences. This month we are having one in Chattanooga on January 29-30, called the Network Conference on Economic Justice. Lately I lot of folks seem to get all bent out of shape when you mention social or economic justice. They jump to conclusions and man the barricades depending on their political views. My observation is that economics basically drives politics in this country more than any other factor. Our conference seeks to learn somethings from Scripture about how God wants us to think about our resources, and how we treat our neighbors. Please pray for a conference based on Scriptural truth and that experiences love, humility, and kindness. We do hope some of you might be able to come, and so please register at
A couple of other things: This year our travel schedule will be built on invitations rather than our initiative to visit Network sites. This is to try to slow our travel down some as last year it became hectic. Please pray for our visits to be ordained and planned by God. Pray that the Lord will give me steady travel companions.
There is an MNA Mercy Conference coming in March in Huntsville, AL, please try to get Deacons and leaders to come to it. Please pray for it.
There is a new book out by Mark Belz, “Every Precious Stone: The Building of New City Fellowship.” I am so thankful for Mark’s work on this history, please get a copy. It is available on Amazon, click here to order.
Randy and Joan Nabors
Urban and Mercy Ministries