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A 6-minute draft overview of this new ministry initiative

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  • This is a draft and the content herin is subject to change.
  • Creates a sense of entitlement which hampers people’s sense of ownership over their own lives
  • Note the house to house. Organic, grassroots movement.

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  • Caring Friends Network (a ministry of the EFCA North Central District) A (Draft) Overview presented by Paul Ireland – Urban Missionary
  • What we are doing
    • Empowering individuals to change their lives and transform their neighborhoods one person at a time.
  • The Strategy: Neighborhood Transformation (NT)
    • NT is strategy developed by CHE (Community Health Evangelism) over the last 30 years, mostly in Africa.
    • NT is a proven strategy that is in operation in over 2,500 villages and cities throughout 80 countries that are overseen by 325 teams from 100 different organizations.
    • The NT/CHE network provides a wealth of experience, training, and resources (including over 1000 lessons).
  • The Strategy: Neighborhood Transformation (NT)
    • NT focuses on training individuals to meet wholistic needs (emotional, physical, social, spiritual) in their lives and in other’s lives.
    • NT empowers community-ownership .
    • NT is designed to be reproducible.
    • NT sees possibilities in the neighborhood, not problems , and builds those assets to transform the community from the inside out.
  • 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
  • A “Meeting Needs” Approach      Neighborhood A group enters into a community and establishes itself.
  • A “Meeting Needs” Approach      Neighborhood   The new organization brings in outside resources to offer to the neighborhood.
  • A “Meeting Needs” Approach      Neighborhood       The new organization brings in outside resources to offer to the neighborhood.
  • A “Meeting Needs” Approach      Neighborhood      
    • Problems:
    • Lack of Sustainability
    • Dependency
    • Entitlement
  • Real Needs Of The Urban Poor
    • Feeling of hopelessness.
    • Feeling of fatalism and “I can’t change anything”.
    • Don’t know what needs to change nor how to go about doing it.
    • Don’t know how to access
    • services available to them.
    • Not organized to help
    • change themselves or
    • neighborhood.
  • A Shift: Seeing the Assets
    • There are many people with skills, passions, gifting, and knowledge that can be shared.
    • There are many associations and networks already functioning in the neighborhood.
    • There are many people and networks waiting to be used.
  • Asset-based NT Approach     Neighborhood     Training Team enters into a community. Team is often from a church.
  • Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood         Training Team watches, listens, asks questions, and engages community to learn and build relationships.
  • Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood
    • Job coaching
    • Small business
    • Mentoring
        
    • Trainers can access over 1,000 lessons
    • Relevant
    • Address Felt Needs
    • Participatory Learning
    • Easy to Reproduce
    • Personal finance
    • Home repair
    • Stress Management
    • Family Health
    • Women’s health
    • Prenatal Health
    • Community Safety
    • Parenting
    • Caring for others
  • Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood              Training team Equips and Empowers community members.
  • Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood                  Training team Equips and Empowers community members.
  • Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood     Community members meet others house-to house, sharing what they have learned.             
  • Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood                  Community members meet others house-to house, sharing what they have learned.
  • Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood                            The result: a grassroots community movement that transforms the neighborhood and eventually the city.
  • Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood                           
    • Who are these people?
    • Retired workers
    • Experienced mothers
    • Men who want to be life coaches
    • Families who want to help other families
  • Again, what is NT?
    • A multi-faceted, neighborhood-based, development strategy that deals with the WHOLE person in urban poor areas which builds on their assets.
  • The Outcome
    • Transformed Lives
      • People taking responsibility for their own lives.
      • People living in hope rather than oppressed by hopelessness.
      • People knowing and growing in Christ.
    • Transformed communities from the inside
      • People know neighbors and helping each other.
      • Improvement in employment and living conditions.
      • Reduction in disease, crime, drug and alcohol addiction
    • Transformed churches
      • Healthy, growing, community-engaged churches.
      • Vibrant, community-impacting new church-plants.
      • Greater unity among churches through working together.
    • Transformed cities
      • Revitalized neighborhoods impacting nearby neighborhoods.
      • Neighborhoods throughout city using the urban ministry networked together to learn from and encourage each other.
      • Whole cities being transformed.
  • Recap
    • The Caring Friends Network will use a NT strategy to transform Minneapolis and St. Paul by empowering individuals to change their lives and transform their neighborhoods one person at a time.
  • Recap
    • NT is a proven strategy. On our team are people who have implemented this overseas and those who are trained to do this in Urban areas of America.
    • Uses a Biblical model (see next Powerpoint).
    • For more information on Neighborhood Transformation, see:
      • http://www.neighborhoodtransformation.net
      • http://www.chenetwork.org/