So my good friend Dino Rizzo has a new book out called Servolution. Dino pastors Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is an amazing leader. He and the Healing Place Church community live out service on a daily basis. It is not something they do, it is who they are.
Recently, I had the chance to interview Dino for our Catalyst Podcast. You can listen here. I also recently had the chance to ask Dino two questions for the Blog Tour regarding the book, which appear below.
Many young leaders in the church today are focusing more and more attention on issues of social justice, compassion, charity and mercy. Do you see this as a generational change that will be long-lasting or as a current trend? And do you feel that Service is the same as many of the social justice campaigns we are seeing right now? Also, how do you at Healing Place make evangelism and service both top priorities as a Church? That’s a really great pair of questions, Brad. I think they go together very well, and here’s why - I don’t want to think that compassion, justice and mercy are just passing trends. I realize there is a groundswell of momentum right now for cause-oriented ministry, and I’m thankful for it. What I hope will happen is that we won’t stop with just saving lives, feeding the hungry, providing medical care, rescuing the enslaved, and offering education. I hope we’ll always look to take it one step further and share God’s grace and love with those we serve. Serving them shows them His love, and that can open a door we cannot ignore - giving them an opportunity to encounter Jesus.
Serving others isn’t just a trending topic. It is a mandate from Jesus, and a vital part of His plan for building His Church. Thanks for the incredible role you carry personally in today’s Church - you’re a tremendous blessing to me.
Thanks Dino for the time, for your great work, and the community you are leading in Baton Rouge. And if you haven't read the book, pick it up now. Highly recommended.