J17 Ministries
in Collaboration with 4Tucson and
Tucson Ministries
15 January 2019


Who is J17 Ministries?

How to use this newsletter

Harmony Hub

Collaboration Corner

Connections for Everyone


Connections for Pastors

John 17 Weekends

Church of the Week

Holy Land and Oberammergau

"Move at the speed of trust."

One of the most impactful words I heard at the 100 Cities Summit in Washington DC last November was the above quote from Pr. Peter Watt of Durban, South Africa. So applicable in so many settings...

I just attended the dedication of a new crisis pregnancy center. When counselors meet with a frightened, abortion-minded girl dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, the praying, listening counselor must move at the speed of trust.

When new barrier-breaking programs are being developed in a City Church movement, move at the speed of trust. Better to get all the key players at the table than to later have to invite "them" to join "us."

As this newsletter develops into a communication tool both for my home city of Tucson and a platform for city-to-city learning, we also want to move at the speed of trust. Would you trust us with your feedback? Click here if you're in a hurry: newsletter feedback or read Col-laboration Corner for more info.

Dave Drum, Founder
J17 Ministries
As the name implies, J17 Ministries is all about aligning hearts with Jesus’ own as expressed in John 17.

For readers in the Tucson area, you’ll be particularly interested in the Tucson and John 17 Weekends tabs of the website .

For readers outside the Tucson area, may the Holy Spirit stir up fresh vision as you read through what God’s doing in our city! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our blog . You’ll also find the Collaboration Corner and Harmony Hub sections of the newsletter to be particularly applicable.

J17 Ministries has received approx-imately 75% of its initial funding goal! You can help us hit the target of 100% by the end of January by clicking HERE .
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Harmony Hub
Rev. Celestin Musekura was a Hutu pastor in Rwanda during the genocide. I first met him when we were both plenary speakers at the International Wholistic Missions Conference a few years ago. His testimony is compelling; I've heard it 3 or 4 times now, and I'm on the edge of my seat every time. He also has an amazingly powerful message for our country that I'm eager to learn from and share through J17 Ministries. He has founded ALARM (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries), another ministry growing out of Jesus' John 17 prayer. Here's what he says on pages 30-31 of his book, Forgiving as We've Been Forgiven:

"ALARM is breaking tribalism and denominationalism while building trust and unity among Christian leaders from different tribes and denominations. We envision a biblical Christianity replacing a tribal Christianity that has failed in the face of genocide, corruption, poverty and HIV/AIDS. The crisis of Africa is a leadership crisis. Without strong pastoral leadership, the African church will not make a significant impact on the continent, which is ripe for the harvest. God has blessed Africa with human and natural resources. Our tribal and ethnic differences should make us strong just as our natural minerals and oil do. Church leaders must be custodians and stewards of these resources and must model redemptive and reconciling leadership in the community."

Learn more about Rev. Musekura's ministry HERE .
Collaboration Corner
Collaborating on our collaboration!

Have you ever noticed how activity has a tendency to multiply like rabbits? Doing more doesn't necessarily mean being more effective - it can just mean doing more!

The Hong Kong team at the 100 Cities Summit said, "With unity, don't look at the fruit, look at the root... and the root is the relationships." That's another way of saying Move at the Speed of Trust.

Unity can't just be a concept. Jesus wasn't praying about our unity in heaven - He was praying that the Father's will would be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. If our lives don't change, then our priorities haven't changed no matter how much we might think they have. This newsletter is filled with opportunities for pastors and for everyone to put Jesus' prayer into action.

But equally important is that it contain lessons learned and testimonies of the fruit and benefit of aligning with Jesus' heartbeat.

So... how are we doing? Would you please collaborate with us - co-labor with us - by taking a minute and letting us know what would make this tool even more useful to you or others you know?

Click here: newsletter feedback

Collaboration Corner Contributor:
Dave Drum, Founder J17 Ministries
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Connections For Everyone
Friday, January 18 | 7 pm
Rising Star Baptist Church
2800 E. 36th St. | Map

Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance is pleased to announce Pastor Reginald D. Walton as guest speaker for this time of remembering and honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday-Saturday, January 24-26
Elements City Church
1825 N. Alvernon Way| Map

School of Prayer is designed to inspire unity and fuel both our personal prayer life and our corporate gatherings! Join us for all three sessions as they build upon each other! Click HERE to learn more.
Sunday, January 27
Service - 2:30 pm, Walk - 4 pm
Worship Concert - 5 pm
Book of Life Community Church
2151 N. Palo Verde Blvd.| Map

Join in the mission of honoring the memory of those who died in the Holocaust, stand together against anti-Semitism, and enhance friendships between the Jewish and Christian communities. The service will include testimony from Holocaust survivor Sidney Finkel. Walk begins at 4:00 pm and is followed by a worship concert performed by Shel Zahav.

There is no charge to attend and all are welcome. For more information call 520-326-2020 or 520-327-6233, or click HERE .
Thursday, January 31 | 11 am - 1 pm
Arizona Department of Child Safety Training
1470 S. Eastside Loop | Map

4Tucson and CarePortal are honored to have Pauline Machiche as our guest speaker. Pauline is the Pima Region Program Administrator for the Arizona Department of Child Safety. Join us for this free luncheon as we explore several ways the Faith Community can partner with the State to serve children in Pima County Foster Care. 
Thursday-Friday, Feb. 28 & March 1
GAP Ministries
2816 N. Flowing Wells Rd., Suite 121 Map

This training is for those who work in Foster Care, Educators, Counselors, Social Workers and Parents who are looking for more tools and training to use with students who have suffered trauma. It will give powerful insights and tools into: 
  • how trauma affects the brain.
  • healthy attachment relationships and healing.
  • Love and Logic strategies.
  • healthy boundaries, and so much more!
Friday-Saturday, March 1-2
Pantano Christian Church
1755 S. Houghton Rd.| Map

The sixth annual Tucson Worship Conference is for worship leaders and team members for churches of all sizes with special emphasis on churches of 150 and smaller. The conference will include general sessions, breakout classes and extended times of worship through music. Put on by local worship leaders for local worship leaders, the Tucson Worship Conference exists to "Encourage, Equip, and Connect" churches in Tucson and the surrounding area.
Click HERE for more upcoming events.
Connections for Pastors
Click HERE for more upcoming events.
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.
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

Agape International Church
Pray for the Body!

Pray for these specific requests .
Holy Land & Oberammergau
June 1-13, 2020
Enjoy 13 days in the Holy Land, Germany, and Austria with others from Tucson, including J17 Ministries' founder, Dave Drum. Becki Kern is our trip and newsletter information contact. For those who have signed up, she will send out a newsletter every 3-4 months for now, and then every month once we get closer to our departure date. The newsletter is available for anyone considering, or already registered for the trip and will include:
  • travel tips
  • packing tips
  • reminders
  • updates
  • a special section of "Meet the Team"
  • a place for your questions, and the answers
  • any added info we need to share to make our trip together wonderful and memorable!