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Local Church
The Rev. Olu Brown. Photo courtesy of the author.

Embrace your ‘next’ as part of God’s plan

As he planned retirement from local church ministry, the Rev. Olu Brown envisioned a new philosophy of normalizing “next” and living life to the fullest.
Evangelism
The Rev. David Petty, shown in the inset image at lower right, plays the Mass Effect video game online. Petty, senior pastor at St Paul’s United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., has been in ministry with the gaming community since 2017. UM News screenshot from YouTube.

Online gamer ministry offers unique outreach

When a video game-playing pastor realized the strong communities that gamers were building online, he saw an untapped opportunity for ministry.
Evangelism
DeAmon Harges delivers a Ted Talk in 2017. Harges, a member of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, is one of five winners of the inaugural Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award from the Wesleyan Investive. He is a community organizer who has consulted in South Africa, Canada and Central America. Photo by WildStyle DaProducer.

Looking to neighbors to fix neighborhoods

An organizer who believes residents are the most important key to improving in-danger neighborhoods has won a Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award. DeAmon Harges works to improve northwest Indianapolis and consults all over the world.