Sundial Bridge - Redding, California - Photo: Max Whittaker, Special to The Chronicle

Redding, California Restoration

Update November 2018

Redding City Identity Project
Community Survey

Bring your voice to the Redding City Identity Project! Every successful city has a unique identity built upon the strengths and characteristics that define it. This 16 question survey is an invitation for you to provide your thoughts and ideas about Redding’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges. The results will be used in the development of an Identity Improvement Strategy for the City of Redding. To take the survey, go to the link below. Facebook:@reddingcityidentityproject

https://reddingcityidentityproject.org/survey/
#reddingcalifornia #shastastrong #reddingvictory #shastacounty
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Redding, California the hidden gem of California conservative values, Trump country, and the expansion of churches and ministries (Bethel, Little Country Church (LCC), Neighborhood Church, Faith Assembly, to name a few) bringing in international flavor and economic resurgence.

The demographics in Redding are totally fascinating compared to the rest of California, everything South of Sacramento, and except for Idaho, the population centers of the rest of the country.

Redding / Anderson
White – 85.8%
Black – 1.2%
Native American – 2.3%
Asian – 3.4%
Pacific Islander – 0.2%
2 or More Races – 4.6%
Hispanic/Latino – 8.7%

Shasta County
White – 86.7%
Black – 0.9%
Native American – 2.8%
Asian – 2.5%
Pacific Islander – 0.2%
2 or More Races – 4.4%
Hispanic – 8.4%

In fact, the drug, crime and homeless issues in FaceBook groups such as Redding Crime 2.0 and Take Back Redding / Shasta County – Stop Talking, Start Doing taking place in Redding are in themselves reflective of the vast divergence of demographic numbers. You can come to your own conclusions on what that means.

Current and ongoing news articles detailing the past, present and future of Shasta County provide a window into the restoration of Redding.

Looking for the essence of California? Go to Redding The Sundial Bridge in Redding, California. Featured Photo Credit: Max Whittaker, Special to The Chronicle

Downtown Redding Gets Expensive Facelift

Redding Chamber of Commerce

It’s Official: Redding competes at state level, brings $24 million to downtown projects

Shasta County History

Redding is a very nice place to live. The city is largely free of territorial ethnic gang warfare. The housing market is growing. Centrally located on the I-5 corridor, Redding is the gateway to Shasta-Cascade beauty, Oregon, Lassen Volcanic National Park and to the Eastern expanses of Nevada and beyond.

Kingdom Culture Salt and Light Conference - Bethel Redding

KINGDOM CULTURE | SALT AND LIGHT CONFERENCE | Bethel Redding

Bill Johnson

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– Senior Leader of Bethel Church
TAKE AWAY: Bill opened with the comment, “The Holy Spirit is in every believer but not resting on every believer”. This could certainly be open to scriptural interpretation. His point is getting at a “Presence based Culture”. Hosting the presence of the Holy Spirit.

“THE BROKEN” -Primarily focused on the segment of scripture from the last verse of Isaiah 59 all the way through Isaiah chapter 64. Apostolic Assignment – change culture, culture of Heaven, His values, His Presence, the structures of Heaven in how we do life, His will be done in our Nations.

Isaiah 61:4 – broken ones, “broken unto something”, essentially the commission here is the rebuilding and restructuring of life in communities.
1 Corinthians 2 – “things inherited” – the weight of the assignment.
Isaiah 60:18 – touching world leaders

Praise, Areas of Breakthrough for Someone Else. Amos – Tabernacle of David – 24/7 worship. Isaiah 60:11 – GATES OPEN – PRAISE, Nations, All Flesh, Matthew 5 – “City on a Hill”. In following Jesus they discovered who He was.

Brian Johnson

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– Founder of Bethel Music and WorshipU
TAKE AWAY: Foundation of the Word and the Presence of Jesus. That’s It!

Candace Johnson

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– Co-Leads with her husband, Eric, in pastoring Bethel Redding
TAKE AWAY: “Relationships / I Felt..”, “Invitation”, “Come Closer”, “I Feel”, “Come in That Close”, “Aware of His Presence”, “Come In..Come In”, “God asking..Candace How Are You?…”Actually God I’m really sad or mad..” “Honest and Real Before Him”.

Eric Johnson

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– Serves with his wife, Candace, on the Senior Leadership Team for Bethel.
TAKE AWAY: Ephesians 2:1-10 “Workmanship and Masterpiece” Kingdom Perspective.
Exodus 32..Idol. “After serving and knowing the signs and wonders of the Lord, how do you build an idol?” Eric answers that question. “Because of the silence and waiting. Because the leadership disappeared.”

Joaquin Evans

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– Developed and directed the Bethel Healing Rooms.
TAKE AWAY: “Keeping the Momentum with God”, “Testimony” ..continues to unfold. Bethel is a healing and training center to serve the Body of Christ. Bethel is not a church planting organization. However, once in a while, Bethel will start a church, most recently a new plant in Austin, TX.
“Recognize that transformation started in God’s heart.” “Laydown and stop my agenda.” On Earth as it is in Heaven. Something that needs to change. Make Adjustments. Redefine what success looks likeaway from words and approval into a loving and nuturing God.
God doesn’t miss the mark. Key here is Matthew 7. God moves according to His gifts not according to my list of needs. Reconcile all things. “Nothing off Limits”
John 8:29 – Perspective Shift. “God what is going to bring you pleasure today?” Invitation to Join God in His Work.

Banning Liebscher

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– Director of Jesus Culture Sacramento
TAKE AWAY: Essentialy Banning’s point is that the Church, the Body of Christ, is a family and not a business. Thus the core is “Healthy Relationships” based on the three pillars of “Connection”, “Communication”, and “Committment.” All of which leads to MATURITY. Ephesians 2:19 “The Household of God”

The Family thing..serving and maturing.

In a seperate breakout session Banning talked about “How God uses process to grow our lives.” Growth.
The Key question is “How am I doing in that process?” The GOAL is THRIVING (Getting Really Good at what is in Front of Me in the Present Moment) in every stage of the process…in the midst of Anguish. The process brings Authority. John 15:16. Bear Fruit that Remains. Philippians 4:11-13 content with whatever state I am in.

The Word, the Vision, the Seed…developing in secret over time. Laying down roots. Seasons – plant, harvest, grow. TRUST THE PROCESS – God will do it and get me where I need to go.”

Danny Silk

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– Serves on the Senior Leadership Team of Bethel Church in Redding, California and Jesus Culture in Sacramento, California.
TAKE AWAY: It took me a few minutes to actually figure out what Danny was talking about. Essentially he is going through the layers and integration into “Bethel Culture”. The center point or inner circle he calls “THE HOT LAVA CORE OF POWER, INFLUENCE and CONTROL”. This core is able to “spend money”, “do the business”, and “create things”.

The inner core essentially at Bethel is “closed” to outsiders except to the few over time and experiece have built TRUST in RELATIONSHIPS through PARTICIPATION in the VISION. Fascinating stuff.
1. The Welcome Level. Making Adjustments
2. The Investing in Relationships Level…getting plugged in. Willingness to Participate.
3. My People / My Tribe – through extreme trust, feedback, participation and humility.

Danny talked about “Joe Amazing”, unknown people who are self proclaimed prophetic superstars who show up on Bethel’s doorstep and want an immediate inroad to the top eschelon of leadership. Who show up at the church office in Redding and ask for a meeting with Bill Johnson. Who have a word from God. “That isn’t going to happen”, Danny says, “Bill’s a busy guy.”

THE POINT is that the journey into the culture is BEING KNOWN. PSALM 139 “Know Me God”. An outside appraisal to tell me. “Can I grow?” “Can I learn?” Self Appraisal is not as easy as we think. Lose Favor, Be Punished, Be Disempowered.
PSALM 139: Adjustments, torn apart, open before God, show me if there is any path of pain I am walking on.

Danny’s other point here is in building CONFIDENCE plus HUMILITY plus FEEDBACK equals FAVOR and TRUST 
GREAT HUMILITY: Accurately appraising my effect on those around me and willing to make personal adjustments (self-awareness)
Confidence plus Low Humility equals Arrogance.
Confidence plus No Feedback equals Missed Favor

Much of this has to do with influencing the culture in Redding, California. The culture of Narcissists.

Finally – Turning feedback into personal growth. “Building Trust is the highest form of success I can achieve in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Very interesting session with Danny Silk. CONFIDENCE: Wholeheartedly believing that I can do what God has called me to do. Quote from Danny “We need you to have confidence (fill in your name)!!”

Abi Stumvoll

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– A regular speaker at Bethel School of Ministry.
TAKE AWAY: Spoke primarily on God’s tremendous Love. That is about it. She is very sanguine and as a little girl wanted a brother. Well..Mother had a miscarriage and Abi was right there and it broke her heart to lose her brother. Her message was on healing the broken heart.

Kris Vallotton

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– Co-Founder and overseer of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM. He is also the Senior Associate Leader at Bethel Church, Founder and President of Moral Revolution.
TAKE AWAY: Kris is intense. I would describe him as the “meat and potatoes” behind Bethel Culture. He is the best speaker and writer. Actually Banning is the best speaker. Kris by far is the best writer when it comes to actual usable content.
City Culture, Apostolic People, Transforming Cities.

Favorite Quote “Dogs of Doom Stand at the Doors of Destiny”. He repeated this several times.

What would I do if I were 10 times bolder? Fear has reduced destiny. Destroying Fear.

Four Attributes of Apostolic People
1. We are Covenant People – Belong to a Family (this is all in the book
“Heavy Rain”).

2. Why are you actually here? The mission, the purpose. Agenda? Fear of abandonment to get what I want – the concubine spirit (intimacy without covenant). Why we are here is for intimacy.

3. Believe in the Impossible thus count on miracles to happen in us and through us. Believe not what is in the cup but what was SAID ABOUT THE CUP.
Dream, Hope, Do not quit, Fire, Urgency, Passion, Faith, Perseverence. Mark 11:24

4. Commissioned to Disciple Nations. Apostle: Sent to transform culture. The wrong eschatology is for the church to do better and the world to do worse. Believers engaged in social change.
Shasta County, Redding, California…Doing something.
Believing in a glorious, victorious church, fantastic future and 100 year vision. Isaiah 2:2 “In the last days…”

I believe God is about to do something.
“How about Now?”
“How about Here?”
“How about on my Shift?”

Kris Vallotton has a very interesting way of speaking. Well developed public speaking skills. His method is a model for improvement in itself.
“I’d like to suggest…”
“I’d like to propose…”
Purpose: Who are you supposed to be with in your network?
Prophetic ThinkTank Brainstorming Session
Courage
Risk
Perseverence

“…but how many understand?”
“..not only that..

Low self esteem and false humility. The void of God’s people leading. To apologize for being alive is not humility…it’s stupid. False Humility.

Three core values of history makers
1. COURAGE: 10 times bolder, things to do…write down one thing on paper that FEAR has taken out.
“The Dogs of Doom Stand at the Doors of Destiny”

What do I love? What would I do for free? What am I afraid of?
“What I’m getting at is this…”
“My point is this…”

FEAR..The Stories I Make UP. Step out of the crowd and define movements.

“I’d suggest to you…”

Crime in Redding. Ownership, Prayer, Change Redding. Moses was raised a prince to free slaves so that he would think like a king.
“How many understand?”
A spiritual leader has personal victory to provide corporate blessing. Culture of Honor. Raising the bar of professionalism.

2. RISK: Move into the unknown, the impossible in God. Learn how to fail successfully. REGRET will keep me from my destiny.

3. PERSEVERENCE: Never Quit.