:Rebuilding is way harder than building. But sometimes God calls you to this stretching work rather than starting something new. Pastor and hip-hop artist Tommy Kyllonen faced this journey when God led him to an abandoned Toys "R" Us building...
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:Rebuilding is way harder than building. But sometimes God calls you to this stretching work rather than starting something new. Pastor and hip-hop artist Tommy Kyllonen faced this journey when God led him to an abandoned Toys "R" Us building in inner city Tampa and said, "Rebuild this into a church." How do we rebuild in a healthy way despite living in a world of brokenness? Drawing on Nehemiah's example as the rebuilder of Jerusalem's walls, Kyllonen reveals the struggles and joys that he, his family and his young urban, multiethnic church experienced as they pursued a seemingly impossible dream of restoration. Their story will encourage and inspire you to pursue God's rebuilding work in your own life, church and world.
Tommy Kyllonen (aka Urban D.) founded the youth ministry at Crossover Community Church in 1996 with just four teens. Over the next six years he and his wife developed a first of its kind Hip-Hop Youth Ministry which grew to 200. The adult ministry on Sunday remained much smaller as the different pastors were always bivocational. In January of 2002 Tommy became the lead pastor at Crossover and a new vision was birthed to specifically reach the hip-hop culture. The church became Purpose Driven in their structure and began to truly engage the culture in their community. Without compromise they ca
- :introduction1. Confronting Our Pain2. Becoming A Humble Beast3. Learning New Skills4. No Free Passes5. Facing Opposition6. Topping Off The Walls7. Rebuilding Movement8. Breathing Room9. Empowering Others10. New Life, New Fam, New Citynotes