Scott Hagan resigned in May as pastor of First Assembly of God in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Known for his passion for racial reconciliation, Hagan recently launched the Blended Church Network, an organization dedicated to training and connecting leaders to plant multiethnic churches.
Although Hagan's new network carries the enthusiastic blessing of AG officials, it is intended to be a cross-denominational effort that will train leaders of any stripe.
The 42-year-old pastor believes that efforts such as his
reflect a growing openness in his
denomination toward entrepreneurial churchplanting, apostolic leadership and the cultivation of relationships outside denominational boundaries.
"Any time we begin acquiring land, building buildings, creating salaries and careers, there will come a time for reinvention," Hagan
"I believe that this is a journey back to the simplicity of our purpose."
For many, peer-level networks such as Hagan's
hold an advantage to denominations.
Many, like Scott Hagan
, believe that these generational shifts may ultimately seal denominations' survival-if leaders take the opportunity to harness enthusiasm and listen to the concerns of their younger colleagues.
"Our AG colleges are packed with students-black, white, brown, male female-whom the denomination has to keep if we have any hope," he