WELCOME to ET Residency 101!

Chris Ruffner

Part-time Resident, Church Planting Pastor, Living Hope Church in Terra Haute, Indiana

I joined the ET evangelism residency because I don’t want to waste my wounds. I have spent too much of my life ruminating in the guilt, shame, and pain they have caused. Just like constantly picking a scab with filthy fingernails can make a cut go septic, this rumination caused an infection of doubt, fear, and self degradation in my soul. In the past year, the Lord has graciously used Al to show me what it means for my wounds to not own or define me, and doggone it, to stop incessantly picking at them. Indeed, the river of my pain runs deep, but God's love that heals me is deeper still. And I am beyond convinced that the residency will help me dive deeper than ever before and to unlock the genius ability within my wounds to listen, to hear, and to love other wounded travelers. If that genius helps even just one of them know that they are not forgotten or alone, and to receive God’s grace to look up and see Him eagerly running toward them with a smile and open arms, then I will not have wasted my wounds.

Steven Cooper

Part-Time Resident, Two Years, Lead Pastor, Harbor City Church. San Diego, CA

I have been using a coach in my ministry and I’m convinced it’s a valuable way for me to 1) process big picture things that make me a better leader, 2) get input from outside of me and the church to care for myself and grow as a Christian and as a pastor. Last June I met Al and immediately connected on deep, personal things going on in my life. Al’s ability to listen was so powerful and encouraging. The more time I spent with him, the more time I wanted to spend with him.


So I joined to residency program to make time to spend intentional and consistent time with him. I have always had a heart for people and for listening and helping people to experience the goodness of God that comes through the gospel. Al’s approach shown through his evangelism training and the tattoo ministry and the “role of the confessor” convinced me that the residency would also help me grow in learning how to continually shape my sharing of Jesus so people could meet Him through me.  

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