Unity & Reconciliation
“Unity” is a well-worn word in today’s culture. Unity means many different things depending on who you are talking to and may even feel like a fluffy, idealistic, or romantic word. It can be a word tossed around to mean that we should endorse anything and anyone for the sake of “getting along.” But regardless of the misuse of the word, unity is one of the most profound themes of the Christian story.
The mystery of the gospel has to do with our union with Christ. That union does not just manifest itself in individual ways, but through the gathering of God’s people. In the New Testament we see this happen among the Jew and Gentile, young and old, male and female, rich and poor.
Join us for a discussion on what Christian unity looks like like for the 21st century church. What are the means and tools that God has given us to walk in this unity? How do we foster this among ourselves, our congregations, and throughout the Bride of Christ in Arizona?
Speaker & Bio: Mark Buckley
Mark Buckley has been following Jesus since 1970. He was active in the Jesus Movement and establishing churches in Northern California with the Open Door Commission. Mark and his wife Kristina have been married since 1973. They have had four children and four grandchildren. They moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1984 and planted Living Streams Church in their living room. Living Streams grew and flourished and helped plant churches in Arizona, Belize and Mexico.
Mark is a writer, a radio host and a pastor to pastors. He is based out of Living Streams, and speaks at many churches, retreats and conferences. He helped establish Grace Association and Pastors in Covenant which both provide forums where pastors and leaders can meet for prayer, fellowship and encouragement. Mark believes local churches bear better fruit when they are led by healthy pastors. He works with pastors who need wisdom and counsel to strengthen their churches, ministries and marriages.