Making the Shift fro...

“Seek the shalom (peace and prosperity) of the place to which I have called you. Pray to the Lord for it, because in its shalom, you too will find shalom. “ Jeremiah 29:7 The shift from focusing on a “cause” to building a “community” is often the most difficult shift for congregations to...

Making the Abundance...

“Citizens create satisfaction by recognizing their individual capacities and skills. We begin to see that the neighborhood is a treasure chest. By opening the chest and putting the gifts together in many different ways, we multiply the power of its riches.”  McKnight and Block Over the past...

3 Approaches to Pove...

We have all heard the phrase, “Give a man a fish, feed him for the day, teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”  This phrase assumes there are two approaches to alleviating poverty: Relief: giving fish in order to meet physical needs. Individual Betterment: teaching people to fish by...

Doing the Work: A Jo...

I’m writing this blog post in preparation for a journey that I am taking this week.  It is called a Sankofa Journey and I am participating in the event hosted by the Evangelical Covenant Church.  Below is a description: A Journey Toward Racial Righteousness The Sankofa Journey is an...

The ABCD Process

Isn’t Serving Poorly...

This week I am participating in a panel discussion at a Union Presbyterian Seminary.  One of the students asked me this question: “I really appreciated your two articles about the need for paradigm shifts in the way churches work with their communities. The church I’m serving is very...

Community Listening:...

The starting place for any asset-based community development effort is always community listening.   In my “Nuts and Bolts” series I shared several posts specifically for those who are new to ABCD.  Post #3 “Finding the Person of Peace” is specifically about community listening and I...

Overcoming Barriers ...

“The universe is on the side of justice.” Dr. Martin Luther King  In my first post about Leroy Barber’s book: Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White—Who’s More Precious In God’s Sight?: A call for diversity in Christian missions and ministry, I shared Barber’s insights into the historical...

6 Elements to Reclai...

    “The fallacy of the consumer model is the notion that what we are seeking is, in fact, obtainable in the marketplace.  Authentic satisfaction holds the belief that what we are and what we have is enough.”  Block and McKnight Over the past few months, I have been sharing insights...

Finding the Persons ...

I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to preach at Chester United Methodist Church this past Sunday.   Listen to my sermon titled “Missions: A Search for the Persons of Peace.” Click here.   Our journey with Chester UMC will continue with a 2 hour overview...