Sue Nilson Kibbey is the inaugural director of the Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She is the author of Ultimate Reliance: Breakthrough Prayer Practices for Leaders (Abingdon, 2019), available at Cokesbury and Amazon; Flood Gates: Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church (Abingdon, 2016), available at Cokesbury and Amazon; and Ultimately Responsible: When You’re in Charge of Igniting a Ministry (Abingdon, 2006), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

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Sue Nilson Kibbey, who works with missional church initiatives in Ohio, shares the story of a church that engaged the mission field immediately around its…