Deep, Wide, Strong: Building Sustainable Communities

Deep, Wide, Strong: Building Sustainable Communities
Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Central Standard Time

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East Lake UMC
7753 1st Ave South
Birmingham, 35206

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Rev. Emily Freeman Penfield

Are you looking for ways to make deeper relationships in your community? Does your church need to widen the impact of your ministry, building with love that sustains, instead of only making connections once or twice? Would you like to strengthen your service with those living in poverty so they can access actual resources to meet their needs and transform their lives?

Join the Ministry with the Poor Operational Team on Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Deep, Wide, Strong: Building Sustainable Communities.

During this event, you will hear, see and experience more sustainable ways of serving with those experiencing poverty and homelessness. You'll hear from people who are in participating in these transformative ministries, have time to talk and collaborate on ideas and see models of sustainable work in progress. This free event will be at East Lake UMC, just a couple of blocks off of I-59/20 in Birmingham. Lunch will be provided. Bring your staff, leaders and lay members who are interested in doing something new or revamping existing ministries. A suggested resource, Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development by Wayne Gordon and John M. Perkins, is readily available from several online booksellers.

After lunch, there will be breakout group sessions focused on the principles of Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). You will choose one breakout session to attend when you complete the online registration form.

  • Group 1: Relocation and Redistribution
    This group will look at ways of ministry that share life through the ministry of presence and create equal access of resources and opportunities.
  • Group 2: Reconciliation and Listening to the Community
    This group will discuss methods of active listening in communities and creating environments where relationships with God, families and communities can be restored.
  • Group 3: Empowerment and Leadership Development
    This group will explore how to create environments where participants rely on the Holy Spirit, recognize gifts and skills and work together to empower leaders from the community.
  • Group 4: Church-Based and Wholistic Approaches
    This group will share how the church is uniquely equipped to affirm the dignity and gifts of individuals and communities.  This is important as we seek to integrate the spiritual, social, economic, political, cultural, emotional, physical, moral, educational and family dynamics to bring about growth.
Participants are encouraged to read Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development by Wayne Gordon & John Perkins as a resource for this event. 

What is Ministry with the Poor?

Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.