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Shelter leader discusses city’s future

The Rev. Tom Jones, City Rescue Mission’s president and chief executive officer, discusses the future of Oklahoma City’s religious community.

by Carla Hinton Published: April 28, 2013
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/articleid/3792001/1/pictures/2023883">Photo - The Rev. Tom Jones stands outside City Rescue Mission, 800 W California Ave., where he serves as president and chief executive officer of the homeless shelter. PHOTO BY PAUL HEL LSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN
The Rev. Tom Jones stands outside City Rescue Mission, 800 W California Ave., where he serves as president and chief executive officer of the homeless shelter. PHOTO BY PAUL HEL LSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN

A. Progress in the faith community is the ability to see the needs of the people over the structure of the cultural church systems. This is difficult sometimes because of the way people have been taught. But Christ’s mission was to touch the people right where they are and guide them to wholeness. We are seeing great progress in this area even today and I hope to see much more of it over the next 20 years.

Q. Where is the most potential?

A. The openness of the hearts of our citizens is where the greatest potential lies. Our youth of today are dedicated to touching ministry not just hearing about it. They want to experience the joy of helping a hurting, lost and hopeless individual. They understand meeting them right where they are, not judging them but embracing them with hope. Our future as a community of faith looks very bright. We still have the foundation of faith being taught to our families through thousands of active churches. This is our potential and it will be good.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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