135. Leading Your Church Through Political Division, with Allen Hilton, author of A House United


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Allen Hilton is the author of A House United: How the Church Can Save the World and founder of the non-profit, A House United. In this episode, we discuss the rise of political divisiveness that has invaded our churches. And we address what we can do about it.

  • Allen Hilton is the author of A House United: How The Church Can Save the World. Allend Hilton has been a New Testament professor at Yale Divinty School, has served as a pastor for 15 years, and in 2016 started a non-profit called A House United.
  • The problem that America is facing today is that we don’t “stay at the table.”
  • According to Allen Hilton, the church bears responsibility for the polarization in America today.
  • Allen Hilton shows how the church throughout history—even the early church—has been prone to polarization.
  • In choosing the twelve disciples, Jesus chose people who were politically diametrically opposed to each other.
  • Allen Hilton suggests that if we can get 70% of Christians to be willing to have conversations with people they disagree with, things will begin to change.
  • They way we increase shalom is by getting good at being together across difference.
  • People’s primary identity is their political affiliation. If churches never address politics in our discourse, then we will fail to connect with what is most important to people.
  • Allen Hilton explains Mission 4.0:
    • Mission 1.0 is evangelism.
    • Mission 2.0 is charity and service.
    • Mission 3.0 is justice.
    • Mission 4.0 is unity in the church and beyond the church.
  • Allen Hilton does a daily devotional which you can sign up for HERE.


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