I am happy to announce through much prayer, meditation, and consultation, the following are some of the upcoming actions for the Commission to Love Community (C2L).
New Release of Commissioned to Love (https://iamintercultural.com/commissioned-to-love)
We have been in conversations with the publisher about a new edition of Commissioned to Love. This new release will feature a section in memory of Pastor John P. Perkins' life. We are so grateful to God for his leadership, love, and commitment to community development. We believe this book is one of the ways his life is honored.
We thank those of you who have purchased the book, used them for Bible Studies, and leadership training. We ask that you still support the C2L Community through the purchasing of the current edition of the book and we will have a look forward to announcing the new edition. Royalties are going to John's estate and supporting his family.
The Aaron, Hur Pastors, and Leaders Cohort (https://www.rolm.life/the-cohort)
John was one of the lead facilitators of the Cohort. He believed in investing and equipping leaders so they could engage in community development. This Cohort is one of the ways we keep supporting leaders he invested in, find up and coming leaders to impact communities, and serve churches across the country through training their leaders.
Many of the leaders participating in the Cohort would not be able to be apart if we were not able to give out scholarships. At the close of this Cohort in December, we will officially name the scholarship "The Pastor John P. Perkins Emerging Leader Scholarship". We believe that the scholarship will continue to provide opportunities for leaders to be supported as they do the work of Christ in community.
John and I have worked on several offerings of training, lectures, and courses of the book Commissioned to Love. Our team is working to post snippets weekly in this Community to encourage, inspire, and engage us as we work for Christ in community. We know there are hundreds of posts that you get weekly, we pray that this Community can be added to your list of places to receive refreshing, reviving, and relevant communication to cool our longing soul.
Be A Part of The Team
We have a small team that is working with us to keep this community together, helpful, and relevant. If you would like to be a part of the team, please email me @firstname.lastname@example.org! We would welcome your assistance.
Thank you again for being a part of this Community and walking this journey with us.
Senior Associate Leads Discussion at The Sankofa “Change for Revitalization and Flourishing” Webinar
On the evening of May 12, 2022, at 8pm ET, the gathering started with PJ Morton blasting singing “The Better Benediction” while the accomplishments and announcement for The Sankofa Project played on the screen. The night began with a sense of hope, and that was just the start…
Mark Bobo (Associate, The Joseph Factor Group) welcomed the participants and assured them this was going to be a night to remember. Mark outlined the lineup for the night:
The Sankofa Project journey helps us understand the African American experience and acknowledges where we have been as a collective people. It allows us to open our hearts and minds to not only the pain and sorrow, but also to the hopes and accomplishments of our ancestors. It centers our spirituality deep in the Black church experience and opens our hearts and minds to the reconciliation and the healing God is calling us into. The message of Sankofa has found its expression in sermons and Negro Spirituals that speak to the pain and suffering, and the hope we find in God’s word to the Church and the people of God. As we learn from our past, we can forge a present and a future for our communities as we reimagine how the church can become more relevant, connected, empowering and transformative.
The Sankofa Project will explore specific dynamics within the cities where these congregations are located and help congregants learn from the African American church tradition and how it is both a refuge of empowerment and a force of social transformation. Congregations/groups will leave this journey better understanding (or needing to refine) their mission and values and how they are fueled by their rich faith tradition. In keeping with the theological tradition of the African American church, congregations will look at five key areas of the life of their church and assess their congregation’s strengths and weaknesses: (1) preaching (2) building communities (3) worship (4) evangelism (discipleship).
The Sankofa Project “Change for Revitalization and Flourishing” Webinar is to engage pastors and their lay leaders in reimagining how churches healthily navigate the realities of generational shifts, gentrification, growing multiculturalism, and emerging questions on the church’s role in justice considering movements such as black lives matter and mass incarceration. This webinar will not only state the issues, but established practitioners will share real life experiences, challenges, and successes to allow the participants to leave with tools for implementation and change.
HERE is the link to the entire webinar experience!
Senior Associate Participants In Evangelical Covenant Church, African American Ministers Association, Peer Mentoring
On October 11, 2021, leaving Washington, DC at 5:30 am, Anthony D. Bobo, Jr. boards a plane for Sacramento, CA to attend 2021 Peer Mentoring. “I am excited to meet with African American pastors and leaders from around the country to discuss the challenges of ministry, how we are leading during the pandemic, and how we will aid the universal church in dealing with biblical justice in the times in which we live,” shares Bobo. Little did Bobo know that he would experience that... and so much more...
Peer Mentoring as described by the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), African American Ministers Association (AAMA), “...has been valued by many because it is a space where African American clergy and leaders can be human without worrying about the dynamics of shepherd and sheep. African American pastors, ministers, and leaders in Covenant congregations and institutions - along with their spouses - are welcome to attend.”
This year, it was hosted by Pastor Efrem Smith and Midtown Church in Sacramento, California. Along with encouraging devotionals and connecting social time, topics discussed, and special guests were: "Weight of Racial Tension;" "Acknowledging Bias/Building Bridges"-Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn; “Leading in a Post Pandemic World;" "Self-Care;" "Casting Vision in Digital World/Building a Virtual Community." There were visiting pastors and leaders from the Sacramento area. Truly a time of fellowship, refreshing, and fun.
“You have those moments in life that you know you will never forget,” Bobo reflects, “...and this is one of them for me. I did not just meet friends, I met brothers, sisters, mentors, colleagues that will be lifelong relationships.” Bobo was invited by the host, Pastor Efrem Smith and Dr. Robert Owens (retired ECC Superintendent and CEO of Rivers of Life, Atlanta, GA). “It was a blessed time, and I am grateful for Drs. Smith and Owens' invitation,” Bobo proudly exclaims.
The host and ADR Roundtable lead opened the dialog, “A few months ago when we started to plan today’s discussion, we didn’t know that we would be doing so not only on June 19, 2021, but on Juneteenth – and the first time for this day to be recognized as a national holiday. For those who do not know, Juneteenth commemorates that day, June 19, 1865 that the last slaves were freed in Texas.”
The ADR Roundtable invited Anthony D. Bobo, Jr. (The Joseph Factor Group-Senior Associate) and his co-author of “Commissioned To Love”, Pastor John P. Perkins (Common Ground Church- Lead Pastor) as panelist for a discussion focused on mediation – specifically, mediation through the lens of social justice. Anthony and John leaned on their collective years of experience in community organizing, public service, community development, and relationships to address the questions.
There was a participant from the west coast, she shared, “I'm in Orange County, California. A small group of us are trying to find a way to strengthen ethnic minorities. However, Orange County is very conservative. So, I'm looking for ideas.” Anthony answered with some basic sound mediation advice, “At its core, bringing people together to work on issues of social justice is mediation/collaboration 101… moving people from position to interest. When we seek the interest of the community, we can move forward and make a collective change.”
The host asked, “What qualities will the next generation of leaders need in order to carry forward a spirit of conflict resolution to resolve social justice issues?” John reflected on the response given by Anthony and added, “Yes, we have to listen to those in the community. We call it listening and addressing the “heart-felt need”.”
The discussion acknowledged the challenges of addressing issues of social justice while encouraging practitioners to keep pressing forward to make a difference. On reflection of the event, Anthony shared, “We have to keep looking for and making these small wins. The collaboratives that are addressing several social ills and not looking for the silver bullet. We have to stop thinking we can do it alone.”
The Joseph Factor Group continues its commitment to transforming nation through the power of collaboration and the strength of community.
To get more information on the ADR Roundtable and to see their list of future events, email email@example.com.
This week, Anthony D. Bobo, Jr. (Senior Associate, The Joseph Factor Group) was a guest at the ARC Launch Intensive in Birmingham, AL. The ARC Launch Intensive is for church planting couples who are on their journey with the association to launch a church.
On ARC’s (Association of Related Churches) website they share “We are an association of relational churches working with church planters and church leaders to provide support, guidance and resources to launch and grow life-giving churches.” “ARC’s model has been proven through the launch of hundreds of churches, with large launch day attendance and long-term success that exceeds national averages. When you choose to launch with ARC, you have access to all the resources that make this possible.”
Bobo attended as the Plant4Harvest, Harvest Institute, Director. He talks about the ARC Launch Intensive, “It was an eye-opening experience to be a guest at the training. It made me realize (even more) the importance of relationships and resources when planting a church. It also allowed me to get a better understanding of the “ARC Launch Large” model and other aspects of a sustainable model for church success.”
Plant4Harvest and ARC are discussing partnership. Both are seeking ways to launch churches, equip leaders of color, and impact this world for the kingdom of God.
We anxiously await and work to see what God will do among us.
Announcement of The Joseph Factor Group Senior Associate as the Director of the Plant4Harvest Institute
On January 14, 2021, Bishop Timothy Wynn (Co-Founder, President, Plant4Harvest) announced Anthony D. Bobo, Jr. (Senior Associate, The Joseph Factor Group) as the Director of the Plant4Harvest Institute. Wynn shared, “Anthony will be over the training of developing and equipping healthy leaders who lead healthy churches in today’s multi-ethnic society.”
The announcement was made at the first session of the Plant4Harvest Institute, 2021 “Aaron and Hur Leadership Cohort.” The title of the Cohort is from Exodus 17:12 (NIV), “When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.” When the children of Israel were fighting the Amalekites, as long as Moses’ arms were raised with the staff of God, the Israelites would win the battle. When Moses got tired, Aaron and Hur came alongside Moses and lifted up his arms.
That is what the “Aaron and Hur Cohort” is all about. As Christian leaders transforming communities for Christ, we constantly are fighting against injustice and the evils of the worldly system. We also get tired. This cohort is the “Aaron and Hur” to the Christian leader- to support and equip leaders with the teachings and principles to be impactful in community through loving mentoring relationships. These are not just Christian leaders, but “end-time” Christian leaders who may not reflect the “traditional-type” of minister, but who are responsive to the time, have urgency in delivering souls for Christ, and address the needs of this modern age.This one year cohort is unique because it is not only tailored to the specific needs of the participants, but it also is heavily relational where we are focused on building lasting relationships held together through the love of God.
Bobo, “Being a part of the Plant4Harvest Institute is a dream come true. I have been training leaders for over a decade. Working with Bishop Wynn and Plant4Harvest will bring those years of experience to equip Christian leaders who are caring, loving, and engaging for Christ. I am extremely excited!”
Plant4Harvest is a church planting organization that seeks to develop healthy leaders who lead healthy churches in today’s multi-ethnic society. We do this through coaching and training motivated individuals who believe God has called them for such a time as this. Pastoring and planting churches has changed. Plant 4 Harvest is ready to equip the new planting pastor with the tools necessary to develop their unique church model to success.
On November 18, 2020, over 20 committed Christian leaders from across the country gathered for a virtual meeting. Bishop Timothy Wynn (Plant4Harvest, Tampa, FL) began the meeting with a prayer and then shared with the group his vision and why these leaders were called together. That night, he announced the Plant4Harvest Christian Leadership Cohort 2021! Wynn expressed, “We are looking for 12 leaders who are transforming communities for Christ. We want to walk with them for a year and pour into them.”
Dr. Robert Owens (Rivers of Life Ministry, Atlanta, GA) shared his years of experience in building ministries, mentoring leaders, and transforming communities. His desire is to, “open up my head and allow you to take the parts of my wisdom that you need to fulfill the purpose God has for your ministry.” Owens, also talked about knowing the realities of ministering in under resourced communities, “Ministry work is tiring. You need to have an “Aaron and Hur” who will lift your hands.” Owens was referring to Exodus 17:12 (NIV), “When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.” It is a picture of a leader needing support and when Moses' arms were raised, the people of God were victorious in battle.
Anthony D. Bobo, Jr. (The Joseph Factor Group, National Harbor, MD) outlined the one year cohort. Bishop Timothy Wynn, Dr. Robert Owens, Dr. Efrem Smith (Bayside Church Midtown, Sacramento, CA), and Anthony D. Bobo, Jr. will lead the cohort. There will be six months of classes covering Christian leadership, preaching, identifying supporters (funders, ministers, board members, etc.) and other tools for ministering in under resourced communities. The second six months will be intensive one-on-one mentoring addressing the specific challenges of the participants' ministry, fulfilling ministry vision, and redesigning the church. Bobo shared, “Once we gather, we become a network. Beyond that, all of us are bringing our networks to the table. We are bringing our networks to the table for you because we believe that God will transform communities through the work you are doing.”
By the next morning, we had 12 people selected for the cohort! Praise The Lord!
The Plant4Harvest Christian Leadership Cohort begins January 14, 2021. If you would like to sponsor and support the cohort, please contact Timothy Wynn (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please pray for us as we strive to do God's will and give leaders the tools to see their God given purpose realized.
It has been over a year, but tomorrow (October 25, 2020) Maryland State Parks will be kicking off their pilot Employee Mentoring Program. The goals of the program are: 1) To address an agency need to grow and develop the future leaders of the Maryland Park Service. 2) To share institutional knowledge between employees across classifications. 3)To encourage positive, supportive relationships across the agency. 4)To meet the demand from the field for non-conventional learning opportunities that go beyond the classroom.
The Joseph Factor Group has been a part of the process of developing the mentoring program providing inspiration, insights, and counsel. Anthony D. Bobo, Jr. (Senior Associate, The Joseph Factor Group) as an appointed member of the Maryland Governor's State Parks Community Advisory Committee was asked by the Maryland State Parks Director to aid in the creation of the mentoring program for the employees. “It was my pleasure to meet with the State Park leadership, designated program development committee, and park employees to see what we could do to enhance the relationships and ensure succession planning in the parks,” says Anthony. “We love the parks! We often vacation, recreate, and enjoy the parks. To contribute to this rich public investment is a blessing.”
The Employee Mentoring Program will start tomorrow with the group participating in the first year of the pilot program. The year will be filled with one-on-one discussions, several training sessions on leadership, and evaluating program effectiveness.
On September 25, 2020, Anthony D. Bobo, Jr. (Senior Associate, The Joseph Factor Group) presented at The Church of Christ Holiness USA (COCHUSA) Pastors and Leadership Conference. This year they are hosting quarterly virtual trainings and Anthony was the guest presenter at this first session of the series. The church’s “Empowerment Seminar Series” is established to give pastors and leaders tools to succeed in ministry and beyond.
The title of his workshop was “Commissioned To Love-The Biblical Mandate for Community Engagement”. He shared concepts from his co-authored best-selling book “Commissioned To Love.” His focus was the “Commission Circles,” where he demonstrated today’s church living out The Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
Over 60 participants attended the virtual training. The Joseph Factor Group, Associates, Michael and Mark Bobo attended the event and shared their experience:
Michael Bobo, Associate, “”The Commission to Love” webinar by Anthony Bobo was uplifting and motivating. The webinar gave me ways to immediately implement strategies to improve my community. During the webinar, I was reminded about my Christian duty, serving! Because Jesus is the way! Thank you for the enlightening evening.”
Mark Bobo, Associate, “I was excited to join “The Commissioned to Love” presentation by Anthony Bobo. It was insightful and caused me to be reflective in how my previous approach to community can be augmented and sharpened to make a greater impact on behalf of the kingdom of God. I truly enjoyed the presentation and will put into practice the framework that was presented.”
If you would like The Joseph Factor Group to come and talk to your leadership group, just contact our Senior Associate, Anthony D. Bobo, Jr. at email@example.com.