Dear NEO Family, I have been reading an outstanding book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, by Robert Schnase. The five practices he highlights are: Radical hospitality; Passionate worship; Intentional faith development; Risk-taking mission and service; and Extravagant generosity. Regarding the fourth quality – Risk-taking mission and service – Schnase writes: “Service, offering oneself in the deliberate effort to improve the conditions of others, is rooted in more than three thousand years of faith tradition. Nothing is more central to faith identity and to the church’s mission than transforming the lives and conditions of people by offering oneself in God’s name. Nearly every page of Scripture show people serving God by serving others.” It has been heart-warming to see that service and generosity on display following the hurricanes that have rocked our country the past six weeks. As soon as a storm passes, Nazarenes and other tribes have been on......