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.
"Many of the problems in your life are for the benefit of other people. In ReBuild, my friend Tommy Kyllonen shares fresh encouragement and practical insights for people to rebuild their lives in order to help rebuild those around them. Don't miss the leadership lessons in this book!"
"Ministry leadership and life in general is about the ability to rebuild, renew and restart in challenging times. Pastor Tommy is a proven leader, change agent and creator of culture. It's not easy to lead a multiethnic, urban and growing church, but he's doing it in a fruitful and fearless way. Read this book and grow from it."
"One of the most significant ways you can ever invest your one and only life is to reach, ReBuild and make disciples among the last, the lost and the least in your city. Pastor Tommy has been doing this for more than a decade and I believe his story, character and priorities will inspire and coach the next generation to go and do likewise. Let's complete the Great Commission in the cities!"
"Raw, real and wrapped in hope, ReBuild will rebuild the core of your faith with every word. Writing through heartfelt stories of courage and triumph, my friend Tommy Kyllonen holds nothing back to give readers a full gamut of insight, wisdom and truth that is nothing short of inspirational and transformational brilliance. Your heart will never be the same as you rediscover the journey toward God's plan for your life!"
"When Urban D. speaks, I listen. When he writes a book, I read it. Why, you ask? Because Tommy 'Urban D.' is an effective, innovative leader who is doing an epic work through Crossover Church. I can't wait for you to read ReBuild. This book is essential reading."
"Tommy and I go way back, back to when he was tagging up my dorm room with a pencil, back to when I was just seventeen years old watching him in the Spanish choir, back to when we first met and he got me my first job at Shoney's. After all these years, one thing as always remains constant about him: his heart for God and his heart for people. I trust you will be blessed by his words and you will learn as much as I've learned from him."
"Tommy is the real deal, a refreshingly authentic champion of community transformation producing measurable results for the glory of God at Crossover Church. His story, heart and experiential knowledge will help you and your church learn how to 'ReBuild' in your own context by advancing spiritual, social and financial good for the sake of the gospel."
"This book is full of great stories. Written against the backdrop of Nehemiah, Kyllonen shares incredible anecdotes ranging from perspective on a stolen iPhone to the renovation of a 43,000 square foot Toys R Us into what has become the Crossover Church building. Lyrics to his songs pepper the pages of ReBuild. ReBuild is sure to attract a multi-ethnic, urban audience. His emphasis on the arts as a way to celebrate Christ is fantastic. . . . [It] is laced with inspiration for all who yearn to see God transform lives and communities for his glory."
1. Confronting Our Pain
2. Becoming a Humble Beast
3. Learning New Skills
4. No Free Passes
5. Facing Opposition
6. Breathing Room
7. Topping Off the Walls
8. Empowering Others
9. Rebuilding Movement
10. New Life, New Fam, New City
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