City Transformation as A Platform

Mar 12, 2015 7:01:42 PM 0 COMMENTS

City Transformation as a Platform
In our recent GoodCities Leadership Gathering in Phoenix, Eric Swanson introduced a creative approach when he gave a 20 minute presentation titled "City Transformation as a Platform" (his full presentation is available at the end of this post). His belief is that the real power of a decentralized network in a city is found in the many ways that people live out their callings and yet, unify under a city transformation vision.
 
Swanson notes that people will find their place within a common vision if it serves their own self interest. He distinguishes between self interest and selfish interests by stating that self interest is a belief from those involved that they will get more out of being involved with the movement than through non-involvement. Selfish interest is a viewpoint that only engages because of a self-promoting ulterior motive (i.e. a sales rep who gets involved in a volunteer organization to make sales instead of to accomplish the goals of the volunteer organization.)
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Topics: Community Transformation, Featured Video, city partnerships, Job Creation, cross sector city movements

A Culture of Honor in City Transformation

Mar 9, 2015 12:43:17 PM 0 COMMENTS

At our recent GoodCities Leadership Gathering in Phoenix, Pastor David Drum shared about the importance of developing a culture of honor among pastors in Tucson. This important aspect of church unity has its roots among leaders of primarily African American and Hispanic churches. In the 2:48 minute video below, Dave talks  about what he's learned and how this can be helpful in other cities as well as we pursue city transformation.Culture of Honor in City Transformation
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Topics: Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships, Church Unity

Top 3 Concerns of Cross Sector City Movements

Feb 6, 2015 11:08:25 AM 0 COMMENTS

Cross Sector City Movements

I was recently asked, "What do you think are the top 3 concerns of business, church, and civic leaders in city movements across the nation?" What I offered in response was not based on a survey, but rather on my observations with the city leadership teams I coach and work with at the conferences GoodCities holds throughout the year. Here's what I wrote:

Not many city movements have all three of these leadership groups working together. I believe this is happening in a big way in Akron & Modesto, two cities of modest size. In Portland and Minneapolis, all three groups are engaged in targeted efforts around schools and jobs. However, in each of these cases, while there may be Christians from government involved, they will rarely be involved with a regularly convened covenant group of church, business and nonprofit Christian leaders. For that matter, in most cities, pastors meet with pastors. Business leaders meet with one another and with nonprofit leaders where they are volunteering or serving on a board of directors. Nonprofit leaders meet with one another when their purposes are best fulfilled through collective impact, but generally don’t meet together otherwise.

In each of these sectors, private, public, and social, there are leaders who are bridge builders and conveners. These folks have a larger vision for God’s kingdom influence in their city. In the public and private sector, these leaders operate discretely. In the church and nonprofit social sector the anchor churches and nonprofit organizations operate with as much publicity as they can muster because they are always looking to expand their constituencies. Individually, each leader carries within them first a concern for his or her home and family’s well-being, next a concern for the success and well-being of the entity in which he or she serves, and third a concern for the peace and prosperity of his or her city or community. These are the three main callings that each of us live into throughout our lives.

With this in mind, what are the top 3 most common shared concerns of Christians involved in collaborative leadership for the good of their city? Here is my list as I understand this (in no particular order).

1. The peace/shalom of the city or community (This includes issues of justice, mercy, and safety).
2. A prosperous economy (The economic well-being of the people).
3. The spiritual, intellectual, and emotional well-being of the people (This includes access to a good education, healthy families, aesthetic beauty, and an opportunity to learn of God’s reconciling love through a contextualized Christian witness.)

What are your thoughts? Do you have a list of the top three concerns as you have talked with many of these leaders?

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Topics: city partnerships, cross sector city movements

City Transformation through Faith at Work

Nov 7, 2014 4:03:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

Chuck Proudfit and the Origins of At Work on Purpose in Cincinnati

This five minute overview was recorded at our recent City Advance Conference in New York City. There is much we can learn from the stages of development of At Work On Purpose of Cincinnati. What Chuck talks

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Topics: Stages of City Transformation, Community Transformation, Featured Video, city partnerships

Catalyst Modesto: Christian Unity with a Purpose

Oct 20, 2014 1:16:24 PM 0 COMMENTS


A Place Where Collaboration is Born

Christian Unity In Modesto

Catalyst is a monthly gathering of leaders and influencers in the Modesto area who believe they can make the biggest difference in their community by collaborating and working together! This Christian faith-based group is an outgrowth of the City Ministry Network (CMN) and meets monthly with about a hundred leaders at CrossPoint Church.

Marvin Jacobo, the CMN Executive Director says "We welcome anyone to come and contribute. Our primary audiences are leaders, team members and volunteers in Nonprofits and Churches. There is also a focus on leaders in Education, Business, Media, Government, Neighborhoods & the Arts (many of whom are active in nonprofits and churches)." These collaborations often result in collective impact in key areas of city life.

I recently visited Modesto to evaluate the impact of the 2011 GoodCities Engagement/Exploration Process known as the Community Leadership Survey. I interviewed twenty leaders who were either interviewed or were interviewers in this process. Most reported that following this work, the Christian Ministry Network was strengthened as a leadership   organization that gives birth to collaborative work in

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Topics: city partnerships, Collective Impact, Church Unity

For Houston's Kids: Beyond Church and Public School Partnerships

Jul 21, 2014 1:00:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

Steve Capper (pictured below and featured in a 2:40 minute video below) is a GoodCities Community Leadership Coach and serves as the Executive Director of For Houston's Kids. He will be a contributing blogger for our blog site. This article introduces the missional thrust of how this unique collaboration between people of faith and people of good will works together for the good of Houston's children. For Houston's Kids goes beyond church and public school partnerships by forming unlikely partnerships to accomplish their goals.

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In 2004, a healing of many in the Church of Houston who were blind began.  Like the story told in Mark 8, the restoration of sight was both partially immediate and largely progressive. This miracle followed a simple question, a group conversation, and a massive investigation in search of an accurate picture of our city’s condition.


     Dave Peterson, then the Senior Pastor of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, had attended a one-day conference featuring a stirring story of one man’s efforts to replace isolation and hopelessness among Baltimore’s inner city youth with caring mentors and a path to a hopeful future. 

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Topics: Community Transformation, Featured Video, city partnerships, Centered Set, Church and Public Schools

Over 100 Gospel Movements in England

Jun 5, 2014 10:41:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

On April 30 and May 1, I was a speaker at the Gather Global Conference in London at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity founded by John Stott. My presentation was on the expansion of Christian city movements internationally. What interested me, however, was what I was hearing in the many presentations from gospel movement leaders involved with purposeful church unity movements in cities and communities throughout England.

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The opening report came from Roger Sutton (in photo at the right), the leader of Gather UK, who hails from Manchester and works with the Evangelical Alliance. He told of the growth of Christian unity movements in England to the point where there are over 100 such movements today including over 20 in London.

There has been keen interest in these movements since the economic crash of 2008 and the British government's decision to institute austerity measures rather than expand their currency as we have done in the U.S. The austerity plan meant that the British welfare system would be cut back substantially. For instance, the city government of Manchester has announced a second straight year of £80 million cuts.

At the same time, local church leaders have boldly stepped

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Topics: Community Transformation, city partnerships, Church Unity, International City Movement Stories

Two Emerging Generation Leaders Transforming Communities

Apr 18, 2014 10:27:58 AM 0 COMMENTS

Alexis Christensen and Ryn Farmer both received their Masters in Social Work from Baylor University in 2012. That year they both went to work for the Waco Community Development Corporation as Community Organizers. Ryn works in the neighborhoods of East Waco and Alexis works in North Waco.
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Topics: Community Transformation, Featured Video, city partnerships, Community Development, Church and Public Schools, Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders Launch "Initiative" A Gospel Movement in Dallas

Apr 11, 2014 11:12:00 AM 0 COMMENTS

Grant Skeldon and Edwin Robinson are two emerging generation leaders in Dallas who are working to engage folks in their late teens and early twenties in a gospel movement. Their shared goal is city transformation. Grant serves as the director of Initiative: a network of young Christians supporting a local church movement that is a part of the umbrella leadership of Unite. Initiative seeks to "connect passions, expose needs, and empower young Christians to transform Dallas with the gospel through their gifting.Two gospel movement leaders of a city transformation movement in Dallas"  There are approximately 4,800 churches in Dallas. Grant and the 24 member staff of Initiative are dreaming big. They hope to engage many young Christians from these churches in their monthly citywide meetings. (Grant and Rebbecca Walls, Executive Director of Unite are pictured on the left.)

With Grant in the 4.5 minute video below is Edwin Robinson, the Young Adults and Singles Pastor at Concord Church. They are  connecting to Christian young adults with an emphasis on strengthening their various giftings and callings. Initiative is not only young, but multicultural. Their April 28th meeting will focus on Creatives: For the City and Gospel and is being held at Concord Church in South Dallas where there is a concentration of Black and Hispanic young adults.

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Topics: Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships, Church Unity, Emerging Leaders

North Minneapolis Partnership Uses Collective Impact Approach for Jobs

Mar 21, 2014 5:10:38 PM 3 COMMENTS

Collective Impact for community Transformation

Last week I visited with Rev. Richard Coleman, who serves as the Executive Director for Hope United CDC in North Minneapolis (featured in short video below). Rev. Coleman helped form the Northside Community Response Team (NCRT),  a coalition of the leaders of 60 nonprofit organizations and philanthropists who came together shortly after a tornado ripped through North Minneapolis on May 22, 2011. The NCRT mobilized thousands of volunteers to clear debris and help residents. In addition they received and distributed over $677,000 to assist the area and its residents in its recovery.

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Topics: Featured Video, city partnerships, Centered Set, Collective Impact, Community Development

City Transformation through the Workplace: At Work on Purpose

Mar 3, 2014 3:44:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

On Saturday, March 1, I spoke at Cincinnati's At Work On Purpose, Marketplace Mobilization 2014 Conference. Horizon Church was packed with over 700 leaders from all sectors and channels of influence. This ministry has grown over the past 10 years from a handful of marketplace leaders to over 6500 involved today who are each growing deeper in ways that they live out their calling at wCity Transformation AWOP 2014 Confernceork. This is a replicable model that brings leaders together for city transformation. A kit has been developed for other cities to put together a similar model in their own city. It can be ordered using the contact form at http://atworkonpurpose.org.

Cities become good cities as people learn to live out their callings at work, home, and in places they server. CEO and Founder gives a quick overview in this short video.

 

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Topics: Community Transformation, Featured Video, city partnerships, Collective Impact

Transforming Communities through Unity, Betrayal, Brokeness, and Grace

Jan 13, 2014 9:18:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

Last week, I visited with Gary Kinnaman during my visit to Phoenix, AZ as a part of preparing for our GoodCities Leadership Gathering February 18-20 at Christ's Church in the Valley. Gary and I stayed up late one evening talking about how ministry is often painful even when it is going well. 

At one point, Gary said, "I've never been persecuted by a Muslim, an Atheist, a Mormon (I live in a largely Mormon community), but I have had lots of pain in the church." Immediately I knew that Gary and I had walked a similar path as a pastors and leaders. If we're honest with ourselves, we each know that the leadership journey involves betrayal and brokeness. (Video clip of Gary Kinnaman on next page).

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships

Unlikely Partnerships: Churches and Public Schools

Jan 10, 2014 6:23:00 PM 1 COMMENTS

In the last year, church and public school partnerships have really taken off in cities all over the U.S. With the creation of the documentary Undivided (www.beundivided.com) that tells the story of the five year old partnership between Southlake Church and Roosevelt High School in Portland, OR, both churches and underperforming public schools seem to have caught the bug. 

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships

City Transformation in the UK through Church Unity

Jan 9, 2014 9:48:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

Gather is the name of a church unity movement in the UK led by my friend, Roger Sutton. He recently said, "We have just entered the post secular age." God has quietly been bringing Christians together in unity in the UK over the last 10 years and until Roger began to look for these leadership groups in cities, each one thought they were unique.

Roger was sent out by the Evangelical Alliance to look and see what God was doing in cities throughout Great Britain. So far, in every city he has explored, he has found a church unity movement praying for and serving the people of their city. (3 minute video of Roger Sutton further down in article.)

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships

City Transformation through a Movement of Movements Approach

Dec 13, 2013 11:50:02 AM 0 COMMENTS

City movements in large cities with large numbers of Christians present unique challenges for leaders of city movements. The church is usually highly decentralized with many different approaches to ministry and worship. Each congregation and ministry are autonomous in pursuing their respective missions. One of the exciting developments in our time is that many of these groups are coming together for synergistic efforts that will impact key areas that help leaders of cities address needs and move toward a strategic vision.

On the first Friday of each month I meet with a cohort of international leaders on the Global Urban Leaders Conference Call. It is an hour filled with stories of what works in the field

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, city partnerships, Collective Impact

Building the Unity of the Church with Sam Williams

Nov 21, 2013 4:36:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

The Five Streams of Unity Movements

Nov 21, 2013 4:35:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

What is City Transformation?

Nov 21, 2013 4:28:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

 

 

 

 

In this video, Eric Swanson, Sam Williams and I talk about cities and city transformation looking at Biblical, practical, and historic indicators.

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Topics: Stages of City Transformation, Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships

Collaboration and Leadership is Key According to Federal Reserve Bank Study

Nov 21, 2013 9:38:00 AM 0 COMMENTS

2013-11-20_Boston_Federal_Reserve Collaboration and LeadershipNew York Times Columnist, Thomas Friedman recently wrote, “Now we have record productivity, wealth and innovation, yet median incomes are falling, inequality is rising, and high unemployment remains persistent.”In the new economy, there is global competition for jobs and innovative technologies are replacing positions in manufacturing and in the professional ranks as well.

The Federal Reserve, Collaborative Leadership and Jer. 29:7

In the midst of all this change, we are called to “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:7

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Topics: Community Transformation, city partnerships, Centered Set

The Key Role of Service with Eric Swanson

Nov 19, 2013 2:41:57 PM 0 COMMENTS

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

Building Unlikely Partnerships with Sam Williams

Nov 19, 2013 2:35:57 PM 0 COMMENTS

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships, Centered Set

Forming a Leadership Team with Sam Williams

Nov 19, 2013 2:30:03 PM 0 COMMENTS

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Topics: Church Leadership, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

Identifying the Right Kind of Leaders

Nov 19, 2013 2:15:59 PM 0 COMMENTS

When looking for the kind of leaders needed to lead a local city movement, here are some key characteristics to look for.
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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

Desired Outcomes with Glenn Barth and Eric Swanson

Nov 19, 2013 2:08:51 PM 0 COMMENTS

Glenn Barth of GoodCities and Eric Swanson of Leadership Network discuss desired outcomes and impact in cities.
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Topics: Community Transformation, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

What is a Gospel Movement?

Nov 19, 2013 2:02:19 PM 0 COMMENTS

Kevin Palau talks about Gospel Movements. These movements are in nearly every city in North America and are actively growing in over 300 cities around the world.
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Topics: Church Leadership, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

Backbone Organizations Central to City Transformation

Jul 19, 2012 4:38:00 PM 2 COMMENTS

 

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Topics: city partnerships, Collective Impact

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