September 9, 2011 Leave a Comment
(Originally published in the CFA Summer 2011 Newsletter)
Evidence of a community being transformed:
January 1, 2008 Leave a Comment
This exercise gives you a quick overview of how your church is engaging the community. An accurate picture of the church’s strengths, weaknesses, and goals for outreach is useful in pointing the church toward its next steps in developing transformational community ministry.
June 1, 2007 Leave a Comment
There is a trend today among American Evangelical and Bible believing church leaders to talk about Community Transformation (CT). The content behind the label however has been anything but uniform.
To some CT is about:
• Getting pastors in a city to pray together for their city.
• Getting pastors and civic leaders to cooperate together on an initiative
• Creating a city-wide day of service where church members bless their city with good deeds.
• Strengthening programs in the city that help the poor.
• Developing programs of assistance for poor and disenfranchised people
Rarely is the content about:
• Convening neighbors and finding out what they would like to work on together to make their neighborhood or city better.
• Connecting neighbors with neighbors in ways that add value to both
• Creating an agenda for change with a neighborhood and then shepherding the change.
• Harvesting the gifts of a person or a neighborhood for the benefit of the neighborhood.
One of the tough questions for churches in North America is if they want to do good OR if they want to make a difference. Doing good is easy and doesn’t cost much. Making a difference is long, daunting, hard, relationship based, work. Too many churches care about doing good, without caring about the legacy of their charity – what difference it makes in the long haul!
Towards the end of September I had opportunity to visit Knoxville TN. The purpose of my visit was to teach a group of church leaders about Asset Based Community Development (ABCD).
Rev. Andrew Rittenhouse had assembled 24 church leaders who wanted to learn about ABCD. They wanted to see their churches make a difference AND they wanted to see their neighborhoods changed.
Following the training some of the participants targeted two specific neighborhoods where they plan to implement ABCD strategies and work for the long haul towards community transformation.
In these neighborhoods they will be: