A Grieving Spirit

I approached the corner of Garland and Brookland Park Boulevard, alert to my surroundings.  I generally avoid this block and all the young men who hang out on this corner.  I have heard there is a lot of drug activity here but I have no real evidence nor have I seen those kinds of...

A New Phase in the J...

For seven months I had the privilege of going on a journey with nine amazing gifted and passionate Christian leaders who deeply desire to love their neighbors well.  John, Kyle, Mary Beth E., Mary Beth F., Karen, Caitlin, Aaron, Stacy, Courtney and I all entered the CCD learning cohort in...

Why I Walk

If you are my Facebook friend, you may have seen this post back in January: “For the third time in less than a month, I have been mistaken for a prostitute. I guess a woman walking alone on Brookland Park is a bit of a novel sight. The guy today actually got out of his car and approached me....

Local Leadership Dev...

In my prior post, I explored the importance of equipping neighborhood leaders for community development efforts.  It is our belief that local leadership is the best measure of success for any community development effort.  In this post, which is the 10th in my Nuts and Bolts series, I will...

Equipping the Saints...

“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the son of God, to...

Stepping out of the ...

Those who know me well know I live up to my given name – I live in a whirlwind of activity.  When I shared the Embrace Story at the Inhabit Conference and I had someone say to me, “Wow, you are like the Texas Tornado, you whip things up.”   I confess I live my life in a frenzied, fast...

Gifts of Association...

We continue our “Nuts and Bolts” series this week, focusing on two additional types of neighborhood assets – associations and institutions.  This post is a continuation of our post last week which explored the importance of individual assets.  As I have shared throughout this series,...

Nuts and Bolts Serie...

    This ongoing series looks at the practical application of asset based community development from a Christian perspective.  The series was designed to support the training offered through Embrace Richmond’s CCD Learning Cohort.  While the information contained in these...

Discovering the Gift...

This post is the seventh post in a series called “The Nuts and Bolts of ABCD.”  In this post we are going to look in more detail at the kinds of assets that every community has.  As you will recall from our first post on the subject, Asset Based Community Development considers the local...

Local Economies Thri...

A few weeks ago, the following was posted on my Facebook and Twitter accounts: “Cities thrive when neighborhoods thrive. Neighborhoods thrive when there is a healthy local economy.  Local economies thrive when…” What was supposed to be posted was this: “Cities thrive when...