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How we think about other ethnicities made in the image of God guides what organizations churches partner with. It also should guide how churches co-labor with outside entities. For inner city churches, partnership is essential for the collective flourishing of neighborhoods. Often, churches enter partnerships with good intentions but the results are paternalistic and often leave those being served still dependent upon the church or partner instead of moving to self-sufficiency.
In this video Chris Brooks, offers helpful guidelines for churches looking to partner with organizations or people that provide help for the soul and immediate needs.
Churches continue to be divided across ideological and theological lines, and the task of preaching has become even more important and difficult. Nevertheless, there is a biblical expectation and duty for the preacher to preach prophetically to the whole person. Dr. Robert Smith Jr. identifies one heavenly vehicle to accomplish this holistic endeavor: the multi-ethnic church.
He also offers a practical framework for effectively communicating to diverse audiences. To preach the whole gospel to the whole person, the preacher must labor to “become all things” to his congregation for their good and Christ’s glory.
Jason Cook interviews Robert Smith, Jr.
Multi-Generational poverty has been a long-standing reality in many urban cities across America. Poverty’s cyclical nature leads people to and traps them in a system that keeps impoverished people entrapped. The church is uniquely poised to help remedy these issues. But how?
Pastor Chris Brooks shares his perspective on bringing holistic care to those in poverty. He challenges leaders to move from managing poverty, to moving people along to self-reliance.
The fight against gentrification is over. Cities across America have bought into this method of renewal. While cities benefit from the increased revenue, many of its poor are displaced and experience injustice for the sake of progress. How does the church understand gentrification and get involved to minister to the displaced?
In this video Leroy Barber identifies, defines, and then challenges church leaders to think differently about their approach to urban ministry.