Transformation Is A permanent change in people’s attitude, belief and behavior in all areas of their life (physical, spiritual, emotional, social) who then facilitate the same changes in others who change their neighborhood from the inside out.
Loving Others Freedom Self-Acceptance Acceptance To Be Needed Relationships Self-Esteem Stability Role in Society Intimacy Purpose Life in Boundaries Rest Safety Relationship with God Nutrition Transformation Literacy Follow-Up Exercise Stewardship Education Discipleship Sanitation Obeying God Agriculture Spiritual Education Clean Water Growing with God Medical Care Evangelism Immunization Shelter Preventing Disease What’s Needed for Transformation
Vision For The City See a city transformed, neighborhood by neighborhood, in all areas of life. Neighborhoods are networked together so eventually the city is transformed as a whole.
Neighborhood Based • A Neighborhood is: • Small in geographic size • Built around an elementary school or • A Census Track in US Census terms (Census ZIP Code is too large) • Many time 10 to 12 square blocks in size • Most cities have established neighborhoods set by the city government and historical precedence.
Observed Needs Of The Urban Poor • Alcohol and drug dependency • Spousal and child abuse • Poverty • No or sub-standard jobs • Single moms on welfare • Poor living conditions
But There Are Many Assets Also • There are many assets found in people living in the neighborhood as well as local associations and networks already functioning in the neighborhood. • They are waiting to be used. • Its reinstituting neighbor helping neighbor
Ministry Approach • A multi-faceted,neighborhood-based, development strategy that deals with the WHOLE person in urban under resourced neighborhood which builds on their assets.
What Neighborhood Transformation Is Built On • Identifying and utilizing the assets already found in the neighborhood. • Mobilizing individuals, associations and institutions. to come together to build on their assets and not concentrate on their needs. • Reawakens neighbor helping neighbor instead of being dependent on professionals.
Finding Assets In Your Neighborhood Individual Skills And Abilities Identify skills and assets of individuals and what they are willing to share. Association Identify what informal groups are involved in the neighborhood already. Institutions Identify formal organizations; government, for- profit and non-profit organizations.
Mobilizing a Neighborhood After Finding Assets in The Neighborhood • Connect individuals to others and groups to use their skills and abilities. • Build relationships among associations for common goals of neighborhood transformation built on assets. • Form broadly based collaborative committed to further mobilizing existing assets for good of the neighborhood.
Ways to Help a Neighborhood • Relief Ministries - Provides temporary assistance without addressing long term needs nor using assets found in the neighborhood. • Betterment Ministries - Tend to create short term positive, caring beneficial environments and relationships that offer participants respite or positive experiences. • Development Ministries - Focus on measured changes in knowledge, skills abilities or conditions of the participants
How Urban Settings Are Different Then Rural Settings for CHE • People come from all over • Few people know each other in the neighborhood • Sense of isolation • No sense of community or unity • Hold very few things in common. • Professionals do everything for poor
Neighborhood Transformation Is Committed To • Partnering with groups already in the neighborhood. • Promoting self-help within the neighborhood, not providing services to the neighborhood. • Finding local leadership, training them how to solve their needs with people in their area and releasing them to do it. • Discovering and using local resources found in their neighborhood.
Trainers/Facilitators Committee NAC NAC NAC NAC NAC NEIGHBORHOOD TRANSFORMATION GROUPS
Training/Facilitation Team • Initiates the program and creates awareness in the neighborhood. • Begins the process by identifying individual assets and skills and associations within the neighborhood. • Made up of a group of people with different skills and background equipped how to help the neighborhood. • Trains the Committee and Neighborhood Mobilizers.
Training of the Facilitation Team Either of Three Ways • Seven Saturdays spread over 24 months • Three weekends spread over 24 months • One five day Intensive training
Committee • Local people chosen by their neighbors to lead and manage the work. • A group representing different segments of the area. • Trained by the Training Team to be a good functioning committee. • Initial 18 hour training then on-going as needed.
Neighborhood Agents of Change • Volunteers who have a heart to see their area changed physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. • Trained by the facilitation team on the identified priority needs of that area. • Who Put into practice what they have learned. • Share what they have learned regularly with 10 to 15 of their neighbors.
Expectations For Ministry • Transformed neighborhoods from the inside. • People know neighbors and helping each other. • People knowing and growing in Christ. • People taking responsibility for their own lives. • Healthy growing churches. • Improvement in employment and living conditions. • Reduction in disease, crime, drug and alcohol addiction. • Neighborhoods throughout city using the urban ministry networked together to learn from and encourage each other.
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