J17 Ministries
in collaboration with various
ministries in Tucson and beyond
5 March 2019


Who is J17 Ministries?

How to use this newsletter

Harmony Hub

Collaboration Corner

Connections for Everyone

The Essence of Biblical Theology Seminar

Refugee 101

Connections for Pastors

Pastors' Edge

John 17 Weekends

Church of the Week

Holy Land and Oberammergau

I love it when God answers prayers before I even get around to asking them!

At the February TMA luncheon, Lisa Chastain and others shared about the amazing God stories taking
place at the Center of Opportunity. As a quick recap, a local businessman bought a hotel and leased it to the Gospel Rescue Mission, who is collaborating with over 20 additional nonprofits and ministries to provide a one-stop shop for the homeless – everything from shelter to meals to medical/dental to recovery to job training to long term housing. When I heard that part of the vision was for this to be a prototype for other communities around the country, I got even more excited.

Lisa and I scheduled a followup tour so I could see the progress in the renovation. In our “power hour” together, we discussed a number of exciting possibilities. One of them is that as God opens up doors of opportunity in other communities for bringing government, business, faith-based and non-profit sectors together, J17 Ministries could come alongside with what we’re learning about bringing the body of Christ together. What a powerful combination that would be!

As the conversation continued, she suggested something I hadn’t even fully realized as a long-term need of ours. It had only been about a week that we even had a staff beyond me, so long term office space wasn’t on the radar. (Northminster Presbyterian had graciously provided our short-term emergency needs for space.) She suggested, “J17 Ministries needs to office here!” Both strategically and practically, that makes so much sense. But check this out: they anticipate space being available at the first of May – which is exactly when we’ll need it as one of our current staff transitions from part-time to
full-time with J17 Ministries starting the first of May.

Who knew that when your whole focus is aligning with Jesus’ prayer, He might already have been at work answering it?!

Dave Drum, Founder
J17 Ministries
New News about
As the name implies, J17 Ministries is all about aligning hearts with Jesus’ heart as expressed in John 17. J17 Ministries is a big idea, but with practical implications in every city.
Introducing… Daniel Drum, Social Media

Drum, Drum… that name sounds kinda familiar… Yes, Daniel is Dave Drum’s son. Daniel is a volunteer staff person helping develop our social media platform. Daniel has career aspirations in photography and social media, utilizing YouTube and other outlets to do ministry in the world of online gaming. (Check out the YouTube channel Kuhani Gaming if you’re interested!) Besides what he’s been learning on his own, he’s recently been taking a digital marketing class to improve his skill set. Daniel currently lives in Las Vegas with some friends, and needs your prayers as he tries to work with his soon-to-be-eligible-for-senior-discounts father.

Be sure to follow our Facebook page, J17 Ministries for additional info.
New News about
Welcome to our many new readers from the Tucson Worship Conference, where over 400 people gathered together from 31 different congregations to not only improve their serve as worship leaders, but to worship our common Lord and Savior! And the rest of our new subscribers too!

Let us know how this format is working for you, and if you have any suggestions.

J17 Ministries has been asked to handle all the planning for Tucson's 11th annual three day spring Pastor Prayer Summit April 8-10 as well as the promotion and registration for Tucson Ministry Alliance monthly luncheons. If you have old links, don't use them! Register through J17 Ministries.

Don't forget the Essence of Biblical Theology seminar coming up on March 9! We've had a strong response, but there's still room for more. And it's free since we want to introduce this new collaborative venture of five Tucson ministries to as many people as possible!

Happy reading!
Harmony Hub
But what do you do?

I was asked that question recently about J17 Ministries. What do we do? The last five-part series in this Harmony Hub column examined how Jesus prayed for our unity. We ought to know what we’re praying and striving for, and recognize it when we see it! But that series was mostly Biblical insight from Jesus Himself. [Aside – if you missed any of the series, they’re available here on the website - newsletter, and
for much more info, check out the book Jesus’ Surprising Strategy Here.]

What do we do?
  • We promote ways God is uniting the Body of Christ in our city – like last weekend’s Tucson Worship Conference, and cool congregational partnerships that others can benefit from, like this week’s Five-Fold Giftedness Seminar promo. How often are leaders from a predominantly African-American Pentecostal church invited to train people from a predominantly Anglo Lutheran church? Answer: more often all the time.
  • We provide leadership and support for high-profile citywide programs, like Tucson Ministry Alliance, Pastor Prayer Summits, and John 17 Weekends.
  • We’re relational conduit between people and one another, ministries, etc. Almost every day we’re able to connect needs and opportunities.
  • We’re creating platforms where we can learn from one another around the country and world – including conferences like the International Wholistic Missions Conference, and guest columnists for our weekly e-newsletter.
  • Mostly, we’re following Jesus. This is His prayer, His heartbeat, and He keeps showing us new places He’s inviting us to walk that He’s already prepared in advance. We’re eager to learn and eager to share what we’ve learned wherever God invites us.

Harmony Hub Contributor:
Dave Drum, Founder, J17 Ministries
Collaboration Corner
Caring for the "least of these" at the CODAC MAT clinic

I accepted an invitation in January 2019 from Cynthia Purcell, Community Educator for CODAC MAT Clinic , to tour the new facility located at 380 E. Fort Lowell Rd . The MAT clinic is Medication Assisted Treatment for heroin and other opioids. They provide help with withdrawal symptoms, case management and peer support, psychiatry and therapy, primary medical care, support groups and more. Not sure of what to expect or what I would see, I came with an open mind and was surprised and quite excited about the facility and the possibilities that Cynthia shared as we observed, talked and brainstormed about bringing the church into the arena of serving people with addictions.

Several scriptures come to mind to inspire the church to care for widows and orphans, the stranger and foreigner, and, without exception, to the sick and those with addictions as well. Individuals with opioid addiction are among those in need of compassion and healing as our Lord describes in the gospels. CODAC MAT Clinic is doing a part the work, but are there other resources?

One thing Cynthia shared that could be classified as “care” coming from the Church in Tucson is that someone take the time to simply come and sit with a patient/client in the waiting room as support of their commitment to stop using heroin and other opioids; having someone to talk to and just being there could mean so much to the one who is waiting and anticipating their specialized medicinal treatment. “Care” can also be more complex in terms of personal coaching and mentoring as a person in addiction begins to carve out a new existence that is free from drug dependence. As I mentioned, Cynthia’s ideas are inspirations, yet to be decided upon and agreed to, but a great vision nonetheless with strong probability of fulfillment. Would it not show to the persons involved and to the world the love of God in Jesus Christ, being worked out and fulfilled in His body, the church?

Galatians 6:2 (NASB) says “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” Although details of how partnerships between CODAC MAT Clinic and local church assemblies are yet to be developed, I encourage each of you reading this to consider yourself in the vision as a person whom the Apostle Paul envisioned as carrying another person’s burden. Many opportunities exist for churches in Tucson to partner with agencies and government to support people who are in crises or in bondage; to bring them out and in to a place of well-being and wholeness. The ultimate reward is that the Lord is glorified and we all get to live in healthier communities. Maybe another person receives salvation from sin.

Are you willing to answer the call to help?

Collaboration Corner Contributor:
Elaine House, TMA, Admin Team Lead
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
If you are part of an area event promoting unity and collaboration among the citywide
Body of Christ and beyond and would like it included in an upcoming newsletter,
please click HERE to submit your request.
Connections For Everyone
Saturday,  March 9 | 9 - 11:30 am
Habitat for Humanity Meeting Hall
3501 N. Mountain Ave. | Map

Is theology relevant to one’s daily walk in Christ or is “theology” just another word for abstract, religious philosophy? In this seminar, we will consider these questions and begin an exploration of how the Bible presents us with the answers. Dana Yentzer, Director of Ministry Resources Institute, and Dave Drum, Founder of J17 Ministries, will lead the conversation, helping apply the theological principles found in the Old and New Testaments to real life issues. In addition, each participant will receive a resource package designed to help them apply biblical theology in their own life. Join us for this exciting opportunity to understand the shape of biblical thought and how to apply it in the world today! Click HERE for a downloadable flyer.
Tuesday,  March 12 | 6 - 8 pm
SEMA Foundation of Arizona
2843 N. Alvernon Way | Map

This is a great opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of refugee resettlement, learn some basic facts, and explore how you can get involved. All are welcome. Many refugee-serving organizations will be part of the training, and attendance does not obligate you to volunteer. An RSVP is requested in order to know how many people to anticipate. For more information, check out Tucson Refugee Ministry's WEBSITE .
Thursday,  March 14
11:30 am - 1 pm
Fountain of Life Lutheran Church
710 S. Kolb Rd. |  Map

Topic: "Kingdom Courage, Part 1"

We all need encouragement to press on in spite of life's difficulties. But what does "Kingdom Courage" look like in Business, Government, and as Churches? Our next TMA presentation focuses on the business community, and how we can empower the business people we know toward the courageous call on their lives to build God's kingdom in their context.
Do you know a business person who has felt like his/her gifts and calling were not understood? Invite them to join you for this special TMA!
Saturday, March 16
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Desert Hope Lutheran Church, Ministry Center
7474 E. Speedway Blvd. | Map

Presented by Apostle Warren Anderson from Living Water Ministry, join us to learn how apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are active and needed in today's church. For more information, you can check out the FACEBOOK EVENT .
(Men Encouraging And Transforming)
Saturday,  March 16 | 4 - 7 pm
Enchanted Hills Baptist Church
3020 S. Mission Rd . | Map

Join us as we come together to fellowship in unity as men and hear some of the great leaders who are working together through collaboration to help light the way to reach the men in our community.

May we live out what it says in Proverbs 27:17. "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."

Come one, come all! Cost is just $10 and covers a delicious dinner meal.

Click HERE for more info. You can email Lester Ingold with any questions.
Saturday,  March 23 | 6 pm
The Amphitheater at Reid Park (Bandshell)
S. Country Club Rd. & E. 22nd Ave.

4Tucson is teaming up with the National Day of Prayer to bring you a quarterly CITYWIDE PRAYER GATHERING! Our first one being at the Reid Park Bands Shell! Don't miss this excellent opportunity to join together with believers all across this city to pray for our city as the unified body of Christ!

Our hearts desire is to ignite a PRAYER REVOLUTION within our city!

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

We hope to motivate, touched and inspired people to make prayer a part of their everyday lives! To be activated and connect with other believers and see God's kingdom advance in this city! Join with people of all demographics in a time of prayer, worship, unity and ACTIVATION! Everyone is welcome! It's a free event, tell your friends, family, churches, bible studies, youth groups, campus ministries, co-workers and anyone else you meet or know!
Connections for Pastors
Thursday,  March 7 | 11 am - 1 pm
The Journey Church

Understanding and Effectively Using the Unique Rhythms of Our Tucson Culture

Join us this month as we explore this topic, with speaker Glen Elliot. There are clear, unique and predictable seasonal rhythms in Tucson. A church must understand, use and program appropriately to maximize our spiritual impact by aligning with those rhythms.
Tuesday,  March 12 | 7 - 10 pm
Tucson Convention Center Arena
260 S. Church Ave.  Map

Music moves hearts like nothing else. It’s why music is such an integral part of our worship services. The 10th Anniversary RoadShow Tour is coming to Tucson! And we have 2 free tickets to the senior pastors and one guest. (If you’re not a senior pastor, we’re making room for associate pastors too! The "catch": your senior pastor gets first dibs.)

We recognize that the ‘big’ churches often get all the perks, but we love churches of all sizes so Catalyst Resource Group is going out of our way to give these free tickets to churches of a 500 or less size only . Who says pastors can't have fun too?!

Monday-Wednesday, April 8-10
Mt. Lemmon Community Center
12949 N. Sabino Canyon Parkway | Map

All pastors are invited to this three-day retreat, Tucson's 11th annual three-day pastor prayer summit. No ministry fair booths. No sermons. No advertisements. The main attraction is God Himself. Join us for three days in seeking God in unity, praying for revival and spiritual awakening in our city, and having our tanks filled as we worship and pray.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Upfront costs are significant, and some cabins we've used for free are no longer available.
  • If you know someone with a cabin, please let us know.
  • Please either RSVP or register TODAY so we can more accurately guess how many cabins to secure.
Click HERE for more upcoming events.
John 17 Weekends
Team and Participant applications are currently being accepted!
Men's weekend: July 18-21
Women's weekend: July 25-28

Submit your application now and be a part this year's Tucson area Christian discipleship weekend that emphasizes the essentials of the Christian life and walk.
Church of the Week
Pray for the Body!

Pray for these specific requests .
Holy Land & Oberammergau
June 1 - 13, 2020
Informational Newsletter

Enjoy 13 days in the Holy Land, Germany, and Austria with others from Tucson and around the country , including J17 Ministries' founder, Dave Drum.

You'll walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you retrace his steps in the Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem. Then you'll fly to Germany for the Passion Play portion of your tour. Tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play are included with time to explore the sites in southern Germany, such as Ettal. Contact  Becki Kern  for more information or questions.