The Church of the City is Open to Learning About ABCD

Jim Moynihan – One Church

Pictured from left to right are Juan, from the City of Hamptonʼs Social Services

Department, Pastor Steve Edwards who started Street Church in the Harbor Square Apartments in downtown Hampton, Pastor Charles Cheek, Chairman of the Board of H.E.L.P., Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions – a ministry to the homeless, and Pastor Jim Moynihan, founder of One Church.

The Street Church outreach to the Harbor Square apartments has been well received by many of the churches in the downtown area. The pastors of these churches are meeting monthly for fellowship and to plan their collaborative ministry efforts. The ABCD model was shared with them over the summer and was well received.

The picture to the right shows two local ministries providing free haircuts and clothing during one of the Sunday evening Street Church services. We are getting to know one another as well as the residents of the apartment complex.

The four men above along with Pastor Larry Gibson from Hamptonʼs First Baptist Church conducted surveys in the apartment complex over a two-week period in late August following a Vacation Bible School provided by the ministers group in July. We are coordinating follow up convening meetings with the residents over the next few weeks.

The results of the survey were shared among the churches and with city officials who were very encouraged by our efforts. The city purchased this complex and is planning to raze and replace it with city buildings and a more expensive housing complex. We are wanting to work with the residents and the city to make sure the residents concerns are properly addressed during this transition.

The ABCD model is being observed by the many churches and ministers who are helping us with Street Church. They have shown a desire to learn more about ABCD and how this model may be used in other neighborhoods around the city. I am invited regularly to share “What is ABCD?” with church groups who have heard about our efforts in Hampton. I have also been asked to sit on the Board of H.E.L.P. primarily to educate churches about and to lead them in ABCD efforts in their neighborhoods.

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Using Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) methods, CFA transforms a growing number of communities and engages Christians and Churches in their community.

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