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In this interview, Dino Rizzo discusses his recent book, Servolution. Serving, he says, is a way his church has begun to reach out. In Southern Louisiana, where Rizzo is pastor at Healing Place Church, there’s a lot of poverty and illiteracy and a lot of people that have been impacted by incarceration, etc. Hurricane Katrina also hit the area, leaving a path of destruction. It’s in these places that the Church, he says, can step in and help people. “Let’s check our egos and our logos at the door and help people,” has been their motto when churches and organizations have come together to help meet needs and touch lives.
About Dino Rizzo
Dino and his wife DeLynn started Healing Place Church in 1993 with the single focus of being a healing place for a hurting world. Starting with just twelve, it has now grown to over 7,200 people gathering every week in 8 locations from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Maputo, Mozambique.
Healing Place Church has been listed as one of America’s Top 25 Most Innovative Churches. That innovative drive is expressed in a passion to serve the poor and hurting – wherever they are, and whatever it takes. Every week hundreds of volunteers serve in outreaches – cooking hot breakfasts for the homeless, helping ex-prisoners re-enter society, caring for AIDS orphans, giving roses to ladies working at local strip clubs, and reaching the poor through free medical and dental clinics and many other outreaches.
Dino Rizzo’s book, Servolution, exposes his passion to see believers join together in a revolution of serving others – Jesus style. He co-founded the Association of Related Churches, a growing group of churches devoted to planting hundreds of new churches across the country. He is a strong believer in the irreplaceable value of the local church – in the USA and across the globe. He also believes that as believers we can do more when we are together, leveraging each other’s strengths to build the Kingdom. As a result, some of his greatest assets are deep relationships with others.
And there are no relationships that matter more to him than those he shares with his wife DeLynn and their three children.