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The Sacred Roots Thriving in Ministry Project exists to equip and empower urban, rural, and incarcerated congregational leaders in under-resourced ministry contexts.
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Sacred Roots Spiritual Classics
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"Why read Spiritual Classics?"
Sacred Roots’ strategy is simple. We believe fresh readings of Christian spiritual classics can lead Christian leaders into a deeper engagement with the God revealed in Scripture and into deeper friendships with one another.
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Hank Voss
Executive Director
Hank Voss is Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries at Taylor University. He and his wife Johanna have four kids and live in Muncie, IN.
Don Davis
Don Davis is the Founding Director of the Urban Ministry Institute, a church-based seminary program from World Impact. Don has authored many resources for bivocational pastors and developed TUMI's Capstone Curriculum.
Eric Himelick
Eric Himelick is the founding director of Victory Inner-city Ministries, and currently serves as the Director of Evangelistic Faith Mission's Urban Ministry Division. He is the author of the book "Living Redemptively". He is a father of six and currently lives with his family at Victory Acres Farm in Upland, IN.
Greg Peters
Senior Editor
Greg Peters is Professor of Medieval and Spiritual Theology at Biola University. He is also the Servants of Christ Research Professor of Monastic Studies and Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and Rector at Anglican Church of the Epiphany, La Mirada, California.
May Young
Senior Editor
May Young is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor University. She is an expert on biblical lament and teaches Hebrew.
Uche Anizor
Senior Editor
Uche Anizor is Associate Professor of Theology at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.
Ryan Carter
Managing Editor
Ryan Carter is Resource Developer for the Urban Ministry Institute residing in Wichita, KS. He is also the Coordinator of Christ the Victor Leadership School, a TUMI satellite campus.
Isaiah Swain
Project Manager
Isaiah Swain is project manager of Sacred Roots and managing editor of the Sacred Roots Spiritual Classics.
Funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Evangel Gathering: Apprenticed by the Early Church
Evangel Gathering: Moving Forward to Multiply
Evangel Gathering: Friendship and Flourishing for Missions
October 2018
May 13-15, 2021
August 16–18, 2022
July 13–16, 2023
In North America, more than one-third of churches have bivocational pastors.

Bivocational pastors, in addition to responsibilities to the local church, must also maintain full-time "secular" jobs to support themselves.

The ratio of bivocational pastors to full-time pastors only increases when we assume a global perspective.

Due to work, church, and personal obligations, it can be extraordinarily difficult for bivocational pastors to attend traditional seminary.

Sacred Roots provides resources for congregational leaders to learn alongside both living friends and "dead friends," whose wisdom we find in the Christian spiritual classics.

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The Urban Ministry Institute is a church-based seminary program from World Impact. TUMI is a partner of the Sacred Roots Project and is a publisher of the Sacred Roots Spiritual Classics.
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The Sacred Roots Project is based in Upland, Indiana at Taylor University. Taylor University is a Christian liberal arts university dedicated to developing servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ's redemptive love and truth to a world in need.
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