ABCD and The Heart of Democracy

ABCD and The Heart of Democracy

“When we help people in community express their gifts, we are building the heart of democracy.  That is a wonderful understanding of this work.  [ABCD] is not just about communities being productive.  It is about democracy.”  John McKnight I have been blogging through...

Growing Fruitful Communities

Growing Fruitful Communities

In our Embrace Richmond Mission Shift training, each of the six sessions lead up to the final paradigm shift, “From Missions Committee to Beloved Community.”  This vision of a beloved community is what drives our work of Christian community development.  I would...

4 Outcomes of ABCD

4 Outcomes of ABCD

Recently a friend asked me why  asset-based community development matters. I have a difficult time stating succinctly what the outcome of our development approach is. I don’t think my friend intended to use the “5 why technique” on me but essentially that is what he...