Living City Project Wow!

The Living City Project!
A few months back I joined a team of Jesus lovers, city changer dreamers!


We are a motley crew. 

“A motley crew is an informal expression for a roughly organized assembly of individuals of various backgrounds, appearance, and character. Typical examples of motley crews are; pirates, college fraternities, Western posses, rag-tag mercenary bands, freedom fighters, and groups of programmers in high-intensity tech startups.” Wikipedia

I add, Diverse Radical Followers of Jesus!

Our dream: Bring churches, community organizations, businesses, and people together all across the city of Dayton to love our city together… A city-wide Cleanup!

Our hope: People would see the church in action… not just saying we love our community, but demonstrating our love in a practical way by going low, picking up trash, and washing our communities feet.

Some people didn’t believe this could happen. Others were skeptical, yet some believed.


Sponsors jumped on board. Dayton Inspires produced a video which now has over 54,000 views. Momentum kicked in and. over 35 churches joined as well as 20 other community organizations.

Wow! Working together, we did it!

29 host locations
1233 registered volunteers
21,580 lbs (10.79 tons) of tires collected
228,980 lbs (114.49 tons) of bulk wast collected
250,560 lbs (125.28 tons) of total weight collected!

Make Montgomery County Beautiful provided bags, gloves, and trash pickers. They also removed the 125 tons of trash collected on the day!

City cleaning crew. Firefighters Union 136. After Party,

Over 1200 people participated on the day. A sense of unity and community engagement was apparent.

Mayor and Team.

Postscript:
Our team were invited to attend the City Commission Meeting on Monday. We gave our report and received thanks from the Mayor and the Commissioners representing The City of Dayton.

Now people are asking, “What’s next?”

Our crew know the event was God ordained and blessed. We also know Jesus did what we could not do. We understand His Kingdom is an ever-increasing Kingdom which knows no end. He is the one who receives all the glory and honor!

What’s most amazing! No one group, no one person, could take any credit for The Living City Project. It is collaborative in the deepest sense of the word. It’s exciting what God can do when no one person gets the credit!

Dayton Inspires Promo Video Pre Clean Up. 54K views.

sPattie and I are grateful for Phillips Temple, Pastor Jimmy Washington and Upper Room, Pastor Arron for their constant support.

Also, we are grateful for all our supporters who enable us to do what God has called us to do. We value your prayers and support. Please pray for our family as we press into our new season.

Steve and Pattie

The power to be…

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 
1 Cor 4:7NLT


Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. 2 Tim 1:14 NAS

The greatest treasure: His Presence within us, upon us and with us.

We are who we are. When we are fully who we are in Christ, and secure in whose we are, we shine bright and give God glory. 

We all have a treasure within us. Gifts, talents, abilities, thoughts, personalities, emotions and skill sets have all been entrusted to us. All of us are different. No two people are alike. You are uniquely you, wonderfully created.


My wife is a triplet. Even though the sisters look similar. They are very different. Each has different personalities, emotional makeup and talents. They are each beautifully unique. 

What you have within you is a treasure. This treasure within you is so valuable it needs to be guarded, protected. The gifts, talents, and abilities are treasures that are entrusted to your care, are given to you for the sake of others. We receive so that we can give what we have received.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Prov 4:23 NIV

Acts 1:8 states when the Holy Spirit comes upon you He will give you the power to Be…pause for effect… His witnesses. Notice what comes first… the power to Be… comes before doing.

Pause and think about this for a moment. When He, the Holy Spirit comes upon you, He will empower you to Be. 

His power upon you gives you the ability to be fully who you were created to Be… uniquely you.

When His empowerment comes upon you, and when you begin to allow the treasure within to flow out to others, you cannot help but be His witness. 
Steve Bowen

Be not do…

Note: Peter didn’t say we would “do witnessing” but we would be His witnesses. 

Being fully you, empowered, with all your gifts talents and abilities 
confidently flowing is when you are a most powerful witness.


As believers, we have access to the power of the Holy Spirit. The impartation of His supernatural power within you, upon you, and with you changes everything. His power enables us to be the very witnesses He created us to be.

In my book Go. Sow. I ask…How much power to do we need?

“How much power do we need? I’m all for more power of the Spirit and pray most days to be empowered. However, I have been around long enough to know I have to be willing to begin to take risks now, in this present time, in order to enter into the power of the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned I often have to be faithful in the small tasks and the small steps before the greater is realized. Beginning in the natural often helps me to move toward releasing the supernatural.  

The true power of being enables heaven to bring to our earth(our lives) the power we need to reach out to people of our earth—our sphere of influence. 


His power often flows from me when I’m out in the community, face great need, and sense my lack. It is the very awareness of my lack that propels me, in that moment, to reach out for more of His power, in order to meet a need. If I feel weak and small, I still step out in my weakness and smallness. I still serve, and I still pray. Often I sense no feeling of noticeable power when I pray for people yet, amazing things happen. 

One lady recently came up to our group and said, “When Steve prayed for me, I received not one job, but two jobs. I was so grateful that he took the time, and listened to me, and prayed for me. I just wanted to thank you all for being out here caring and serving us.” 

I wanted to say, “Woman, I who am speaking to you am he.” 

Bowen, Steve (2014-04-23). Go. Sow. A simple practical guide into the arena of outreach. (pp. 178-179).  . Kindle Edition.

Note she stated, “I was so grateful that he took the time, and listened to me and prayed for me.” 

What she noticed was not my power, but my being. Who I am. His love for her was expressed through my actions, and by my attitude. I had no physical sense of power. No awareness of, Boy I’m bringing it today!  I simply released the treasure I knew was within me by faith, and Her need was wonderfully met.

Step into being who you are.

Often I have to step into who I am… in order to be

 I have to remember whose I am, and who I am, then act accordingly.

At my core I know I am wired as an encourager. So, in order to be the encourager I am, I have to stir up the gift that has been entrusted to me and step into being the encourager I am. Sometimes, I literally declare as I step out of my car, or walk into a meeting, “I now step into my gift, and into my calling as an encourager.” 

When I remember who I am, I can then be who I am.
 It’s all about knowing and being.

The stepping into principle happens when I consciously step into being a husband, a friend, a worker, or a leader

Our identity is our foundation for all things. Our identity flows from His Presence.
Such we are, sons and daughters.

1 John 3:1 NASB See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are

This is who we are, sons and daughters. We are adopted, heirs, given full rights as sons and daughters.

We are loved by Him. When we treasure the treasure within us we discover a whole new level of security. We are called to be. Knowing whose we are and who we are… brings security into our calling. 

We receive, we give.

Jesus knew whose He was. Before any public ministry, Jesus knew whose He was. He was the Beloved Son in Whom the Father was well pleased.

It’s also interesting, Jesus had a custom. He often slipped away to the Mt. of Olives to be… in the Presence of His Father. Life flowed from the overflow. He didn’t meet with the Father for the overflow. He met with the Father simply to be…His Son, to enjoy His relationship with the Father. Everything flowed from His sense of being the Father‘s Son.

He lived out of His empowered Being. He was secure. He was humble. He was loving. 

John 13:3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 

Jesus modeled the principle. We follow. When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, lives within us and is with us, He empowers us to Be.

Fun, impactful, and encouraging!

I’m still working with Phillips Temple and Upper Room. Both churches are seeing an increase of the Holy Spirit’s presence in worship and in the messages. The Spirit and the Word have power!

Phillips people will be placing Saturate materials into their neighborhood in April just before Easter.

Our last outreach we went to a Laundromat. We could not help people fold clothes. When we walked in people immediately asked for prayer. The team prayed for forty-five minutes. Vivian stated, I’ve never seen anything like this! The people were so hungry for prayer.”

I am working with The Living City Project in Dayton for a city-wide cleanup April 6th.

We are developing host sites and encouraging the communities of Dayton to join in.  Dayton Inspires just released a video of the project. So far there have been fifteen thousand views.  Thirty-five churches, organizations, businesses and health suppliers are on board. We are expecting many more.

#KindnessNow Summit combines Kindness Outreach, the spiritual power of Acts of Kindness, with God Space, communicating God’s Kindness in Relationships.


Join the conversation with Steve Sjogren, Doug Pollock, and others. (see also KindnessOutreach.com and GodGPS.com)

Kindness Outreach our #kindnessnow 2.0 Summit will be in Cincinnati May 2nd – the 4th.

 
This week
Upper Room is hosting a team from Bethel Discipleship School, California. We’ve connected the team to several young evangelists and inner-city ministries who are passionate about changing our community. Saturday we will be heading out into Tipp City to love people in practical ways. Peeps, Daffs and Prayer. Stores will receive a vase and Daffs. Some people will receive a box of Peeps. What I love most about the Upper Room is their commitment to serve others and to freely give away what God has given to them.

Steve & Pattie

Prayer Points.

  • Our future: We are sensing a possible shift coming.
  • Pray for continued favor and open doors.
  • Pattie will be changing jobs. Pray she will have favor, an open door, and clear direction.
  • Patties mom is ninety-five. Pattie and I will be going to Birmingham this summer for a couple of weeks to be with her. We’ve postponed any distance travel this summer to be accessible.

Here is an informative book review of my book Go. Sow.

Kindness Summit 2.0

#kindnessnow servant evangelism 2.0 summit.

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Join us for new insights, communication skills, and profound encouragement of Servant Evangelism 2.0 and God Space Conversations at our upcoming Summit!

We believe #KindnessNow is more important than ever!  We envision Christ followers trained and activated in word and in works to reach our world.  At a recent gathering of over 62,000 people called The Send,  Andy Byrd from YWAM closed with this statement:

“It was not about a stage, not about microphones, not about speakers, not about worship band.  It’s about the everyday, common believers filled with an uncommon spirit and an uncommon passion to go anywhere for the sake of the Gospel…. We are stepping into the most activated generation in all of human history.”-Andy Byrd, The Send in Orlando 2/23/2019

Kindness Outreach Creates:

  • Outward Focused Cultures in Church Plants
  • Connections between Social Justice and the Gospel Story
  • Contexts for (Power) Encounters
  • More In-depth God Space Conversations
  • Next Steps for Citywide Movements
  • “Out” in Small Groups/Missional Practices/Neighboring
  • Bridges for Multi-Cultural Evangelism
  • Momentum for Stuck Churches

Research from the recent Barna study, Reviving Evangelism, describes the distance between what Not-Yet-Believers need in faith conversations versus the skills possessed by Christians they know.  (https://www.barna.com/research/non-christians-faith-conversations/)

#KindnessNow combines Kindness Outreach, the spiritual power of Acts of Kindness, with God Space, communicating God’s Kindness in Relationships. Join the conversation with Steve Sjogren, Doug Pollock, and others.  May 2nd – 4th in Cincinnati, OH./#

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