Connecting with people and institutions outside the walls of the church isn’t a job for professional staff alone, says the author of “7 Creative Models for Community Ministry.”
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In a divisive time of culture wars and hot-button social issues, CityServe Portland focuses on what people have in common, bringing them together to love and serve their city.
Donald L. McCoy and Chris Mangum became friends and founded Jobs for Life. Photos courtesy of Jobs for Life
The friendship between three men -- two African-American pastors and a white businessman -- formed the core of Jobs for Life, a Christian nonprofit that has helped more than 22,000 men and women find employment.
A decades-old soup kitchen at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Boston has evolved into a homeless ministry in which men and women learn leadership by taking responsibility for helping one another.
Churches are the front line of encountering suffering in large portions of our culture and have the opportunity and responsibility to minister to people with mental illness, say two psychiatrists trained in theology.
Metanoia's housing initiative has rebuilt eight abandoned homes, built four new homes and assisted in renovations of 24 owner-occupied homes. Photos courtesy of Metanoia
A Cooperative Baptist Fellowship ministry in South Carolina has created a sustainable model for community development by focusing on assets -- those of the neighborhood and those of the organization.
The head of a Dallas coffeehouse/church urges the church to reclaim its role as an agent of social change, joining with social entrepreneurs to give new life to the world.
Elizabeth Caraballo and Father Robert Meyer on the Hoboken waterfront, across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Photo courtesy of Seton Hall University School of Law
Drawing on the unique gifts of church members and the vision of its lawyer-priest, a Catholic parish in the waterfront city of Hoboken launches a legal clinic to help residents in need.
The Rev. Melanie B. Mullen laughs as she and other Richmond downtowners engage in a session of "pub theology." Photo by Dean Hoffmeyer
The downtown missioner program at a historic Richmond, Virginia, church nudges members out into the community to practice the art of neighboring, asking, What do you need that we could provide?