Follower of Jesus, Pastor, Author, and President of ServeNow.
Married to Lauren and father to four children.
The world feels more turbulent and hopeless with each passing day. Fear, anxiety, and despair darken and grip our hearts. From disasters and diseases to scandals and divisiveness. Where can we find true and lasting hope?
Hope Rising does not sugarcoat the stark realities of the world or the individual circumstances each of us may be facing. But it does tell real stories of hope rising from around the world, even from what seem to be the most hopeless situations. It’s also a call to each of us to bring hope to a world in need.
“A Timely Book”
New York Times best-selling author,
The Circle Maker; Lead Pastor of
National Community Church.
“Biblical Response of Hope”
Dr. Wayne Cordeiro
President, New Hope Christian College; senior pastor, New Hope West; founder Master of Arts in Formational
Coauther, Faithful with Much; philanthropist; CEO, Select
Serving as Jesus would serve.
served in 8 years
people coming to Christ
church partnerships using The Basic Series
Married to Lauren with four children. Ben served as a pastor in New Jersey for six years and is a graduate of Lancaster Bible College with a bachelors in pastoral ministry and a master’s degree in Formational Leadership.
International President of ServeNow, a Christian non-profit: “Sharing Christ’s passion for the world by serving the most vulnerable through national churches and leaders.”
Sharing Christ | Preaching | Writing
- You have an AdvocateWhen I travel I try to look for things God is teaching me. I just returned from a trip to Kenya and Tanzania for ServeNow. The lesson that stood out to me on this trip was a new appreciation of having an advocate on your side. For this article’s purpose, let me share what happened in the US and then Tanzania related to the COVID testing process necessary for travel.
- Compassionate AngerThis is what I mean by compassionate anger. Jesus channeled his anger in such a way that he created space for the humble to find the grace they needed to transform their lives. Jesus was not just dealing with injustice. He was restoring justice.
- Improved Lives: Decreased HopeFrom Hans Rosling, Mark Manson, to Fareed Zakaria, multiple authors have written that contrary to popular belief, the world has gotten better, not worse, in modern times. The standard of living has improved worldwide. Access to education, healthcare, and technology has increased. Wars and violence are at the lowest globally from a historical perspective. And yet, it seems as the world gets better, people’s hope is decreasing. This seeming contradiction is an interesting dynamic I write about in Chapter 3 of my book Hope Rising: Finding Hope in a Turbulent World. It was probably the most interesting chapter to write and wrestle with why this is the case.