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March 02, 2009

A New Church

Some evangelical Christians are noticing a shift in the church - a move towards issues like homelessness and poverty, away from hot button political concerns like abortion.

 When this change came to Kevin Wright's church, it tore the community apart. When Kevin took over the leadership of Oasis Church, a conservative congregation in Bend, Ore., he was just 26. The charismatic and popular founding pastor had left in a scandal. The community was hurting, and many members were resistant to the progressive changes Kevin brought in.

Kevin talks with Dick Gordon about seeing church membership dwindle from 700 to just 120, and how the church evolved from there. The entire paid staff has been laid off, including Kevin. They've relocated to a downtown building and given themselves a new name: City Church.

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