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Presentation highlighting collaboration and excellent partner, Emmanuel Gospel Center.

Presentation highlighting collaboration and excellent partner, Emmanuel Gospel Center.

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  • Community Collaboration
    Highlighting an Outstanding Partner for Churches / Non-Profits &
    Encouraging the Efforts of Collaboration
    Presented by: Melissa Horr
    • Greater Boston Chinese Community Services Program Coordinator
    • TechMission Member
    • Boston Education Collaborative (BEC)Network Affiliate
  • What’s the Difference?
  • An Outstanding Example of Community Collaboration
    The Boston Education Collaborative is a ministry of the Emmanuel Gospel Center.
    The Cat & The Toaster is a book about the Theology that the EGC utilizes.
  • Emmanuel Gospel Center
    It all started as a neighborhood mission… preaching to thousands at the Boston Common in the 1920s - 30s
    In 1964, Doug and Judy Hall (authors of The Cat and Toaster) came to Boston and while serving the EGC they learned something special: An indigenous local church ministering to people in their own community provides a far more effective approach to urban ministry than a neighborhood mission.
    As the Halls gradually became aware of developing, vibrant churches all over Boston, the EGC changed its strategy from primarily direct, one-on-one ministry to strengthening and supporting the work of urban churches.
  • Boston Education Collaborative
    Strategically engages churches, schools, colleges, & educators to motivate & support underserved urban youth in gaining the skills they need to become successful, responsible individuals who have a positive impact on the city and future generations of students.
    Seeks to support churches as they serve the youth in their communities through strengthening their existing programs, starting new initiatives, evaluating the short- and long-term impact of the programs, & hosting networking, learning & reflection sessions.
  • Community Keys to Success
    Creating a Unified Vision
    Identifying the Needs
    Responding to the Needs
    Making an Impact
  • Creating a Unified Vision
    Churches, schools, and nonprofits are seeking to motivate and support underserved urban students in their communities to gain the skills they need to become successful, responsible individuals who have a positive impact on the city and future generations of students.
  • Identifying the Needs
    A current understanding of urban education and the ways they can engage in the process of empowering urban students through education
    Support around resources, curriculum, and training
    Mental & physical space to evaluate and reflect on their programs
    Opportunities to network with other churches and Christian nonprofits that also have educational programs.
  • Responding to the Needs
    Meeting the educational needs of urban students:
    Builds upon educational research & needs assessments
    Provides resources
    Develops programs
    Builds partnerships
    Supports urban churches:
    Strengthening existing programs
    Starting new initiatives
    Evaluating the short- and long-term impact of their programs
    Coordinating learning groups
    Organizing trainings
  • Making an Impact
    PAST
    Helped launch church-based Higher Education Resource Centers to serve college-bound, urban students (‘99)
    Created New City Scholars Program in partnership w/ Gordon College to encourage urban student enrollment (‘03)
    HelpedGreater Boston Vineyard start an ongoing, two-year, college readiness program(‘07)
    PRESENT
    Conducting research througha survey w/ leaders from over 50 Christian organizations & youth focus groups to understand how they are already serving their students & to assess the needs for further support (‘09-10)
    Convening & supporting a growing network of Christian leaders for reflection, learning, prayer, peer support, & coordinated action (‘09-10)
  • This is the Difference
    Living Systems Ministry Introduction
    People make toasters (man-made item) and only God makes cats (living system).
    We can’t fix a sick cat with the tools we may use to fix our broken toaster.
    We can not fix living systems the same way we can fix man-made items. That would be a mistake.
    The BEC attempts to challenge churches and Christian nonprofits (living systems) to value the reflection and learning process with other churches (living systems) which can help us avoid those mistakes in ministry. Iron sharpens iron; plus, it’s a blessing to support and encourage each other through sharing and prayer.
  • Join the BEC Learning Community & Network!
    Supportive Spiritual/Social Network
    Prayer Partners
    Share Stories
    Leverage Resources
    Share Curriculum Ideas
    Share Effective Practices
    Professional Development
    Volunteer Opportunities
    Partnership Opportunities
  • Upcoming Opportunities
    BEC Reflection & Learning:
    August 27th : 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Reviewing Last Year to Look Forward to a New Year
    Time to share praises from the past year, share stories about the children and youth, reflect & evaluate the ministries, & spend time praying for one another as we look forward to starting a new school year.
    BEC Working Retreat
    September 9-11th : 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Training around different topics & having time to plan for the new school year. Planning for the new school year CAN be fun! Especially if you do it with other people. :)
    More details to come about how the three days will work. The retreat will actually be just two days, but Thursday & Saturday will be repeats so that people who have to work during the day can have the option of coming on a weekend.
  • Contact Information
    Ruth Wong
    Director, BEC
    rwong@egc.org
    Emmanuel Gospel Center
    2 San Juan Street
    Boston, MA 02118
    617-262-4567 x194
    www.egc.org/programs/bec
    Melissa Horr
    Program Coordinator, GBCCS
    mhorr100@pointloma.edu
    207-400-7837
    *Contact Ruth to receive BEC Emails (announcements) and to join the BEC Google Group(provides members access to files and the ability to dialogue with each other).