Longevity is Key to Unity

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We interviewed Steve and Patti Buss earlier this month. They are city movement leaders in Eugene, Oregon. You can listen to our conversation on the City Gospel Movements Podcast here. Check out the highlights from the first part of our conversation in the show notes below:

Longevity is Key to Unity – Part I

Steve and Patti Buss lead a movement called the One Hope Network in Eugene, Oregon. One Hope’s mission is a three-pronged mission which centers on the churches of Eugene doing things TOGETHER.

One Hope Network’s mission:

  1. Together Pray

41 churches in Eugene, Oregon join together for strategic citywide 24/7 prayer

  1. Together Serve

Project Hope service day (fun, family, community day with food, free haircuts, medical care, school supplies)

  1. Together Share the Good News

One way is through a large gospel sharing event. Local pastors, churches & businesses have partnered with the Palau Association in CITYFEST...

It will be a day of music, action sports, and activities for kids, artistic expression, and multiple opportunities for individuals to hear a powerful message of hope in Jesus Christ. It’s a free event we’re encouraging the entire community to attend.

Our niche is the together piece.

Patti Buss (far left) with team and volunteers at One Hope’s annual Project Hope event.

What allows for cooperation amongst many churches?

(Patti) Trust. Brotherly love is the mortar that keeps us all together. We use a saying that others use: “The Kingdom moves at the speed of trust.”

Monthly prayer encourages this trust, as well as an annual prayer summit where we pray for each other’s personal lives and ministries.

(Steve) It takes years and years. In 2001, I started joining pastors’ networks, but there were forerunners years before who started these prayer summits. Now there are a lot of things going on, but it wasn’t always that way. It was years before we did a serving outreach together, but when we did we saw a lot of fruit. Longevity is a component that allows for this type of church unity and cooperation.

To listen to our 2-part conversation with Steve and Patti, click the links below:

Part 1: Longevity is Key to Unity

  • Details: How Steve and Patti’s story led to becoming city movement practitioners, and the mission of the One Hope Network

Part 2: Churches Pray Strategically for City. And See Answers.

  • Details: How leading city movements has impacted Steve and Patti personally

Hungry for more?

Find out what we have learned from conversations with 200+ city gospel movement leaders by reading 5 Attitudes Present in Cities with Strong Church Unity.


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