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The Kingdom in the Marketplace and the Home

The Kingdom in the Marketplace and the Home

By Josh Staton

Jonathan Middlebrooks leads Skyline Church in Oklahoma City, part of City Collective, and is one of the first to journey with us through our one-year leadership collective. God is doing some amazing things in Oklahoma City that really have to be seen to be believed and one of those is around the intersection of faith, entrepreneurship, and the marketplace.

Jonathan recently recently invited Dave Blanchard from Praxis Labs and me to join a group of leaders from Skyline Church to share how the kingdom of God, the way of Jesus, and work all intersect.

It was a phenomenal evening at Cafe Evoke, certainly one of the best spots in OKC, where Kingdom imaginations were stirred, questions were answered, and people were inspired about what it looks like to join God in the renewal of all things.

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The next day an ice storm descended upon the city, and the church had to cancel the regular morning gathering. Instead, those who could make it to Jonathan's home came over for a house church gathering where we sang, laughed, ate, prayed and talked about the way of Jesus and the kingdom of God. I was reminded about the beautiful polarity of both of these locations: the church in the marketplace and the church in the home. In both settings I saw the kingdom of God advancing outside the lines of official or routine programmed events.

It was a beautiful reminder that the Church is a community of people, on mission with God, to join him in the renewal of our cities.   -Jon Tyson

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