1. If Conway is the “mother city” then communities such as: Oakwood, Brookside, Bear Village are the children. We exist in a city that has the current demographics: Population: Size of city: Males: Females: Government: Mayor with a City CouncilNumber of identified low income communities: Five Church buildings: 153
These exiles are here based on the work of God (v.4) These exiles are here and are called to God’s mission for themselves (v.5-6) These exiles are here and are called to God’s mission for the city (v.7) This word “welfare” is the word “shalom” were we get the word peace The peace of the smaller communities directly impacts the mother city.The under resourced and oppressedThe systems of the city The greatest peace for the city is that God is found in the midst of the city
Moral Relativism: Specifically “meta-ethical relativism” where two groups can not judge between a moral disagreement because there is no independent standard of evaluation. The standard will either be societal or personal. Example: A series of duplexes is in disrepair. One group argues that families can not reside there for reasons of health and safety. Another group argues that families who choose to live there do on their own accord and its their responsibility. The moral relativist argues that there is no outside standard to determine which argument is correct. Cynicism: Showing contempt or pessimism against a person or their motives. NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard; resist improvements, establish new living areas, stores, etc. Individualism: Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. Failure to understand the Gospel of Grace: The Good Samaritan: Where find this rider get off his horse in a dangerous area at the cost of his own life to help the proud and injured. It is Christ on the horse and us on the ground. It is Christ who risks his own life to bring healing to our own. And now can we remember that and take this peace to our city.
How our city and community addresses the needs of the W.O.I.P., is a direct reflection of the hearts of its citizens.We do not live independent of one anotherThink back to Psalm 82
1. These citizens are the foundation of a community and city.
Emil Durkeim argued that as traditional forms of religion decline urban belief in the worth of the individual and freedom develop. Durkeim essentially reduced religion to nothing but some social function that had little to no impact on society.
City partnerships for the welfare of the city
CITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE WELFAREOF THE CITY
PURPOSE To train and instill a philosophy that will seek to promote community improvements by mobilizing various groups to serve the city for the glory of God.
CITIES AND COMMUNITIES A city can be defined as a geographical location that possesses a people who create a life that is organized around a governance, creating a culture, language, and customs that makes it readily unique. Scripture refers to cities typically as “mothers,” and her smaller communities or towns as children. (Num 21:25; 32:42 and Josh 15:45)
GOD’S CONCERN FOR THE CITY• Jeremiah 29:7 •Seeking the welfare of the city •Praying for the city• Job 24:12 •The dying groans •The wounded cries• Jonah 4:11 •The people of the city •The economy of the city• Matthew 23:37-39 •The city’s greatest need
OBJECTIONS TO THE WELFARE OF THE CITY Moral Relativism Cynicism NIMBY Individualism Failure to understand the Gospel of Grace
THOUGHT TO CONSIDER “You know the place where we placed at Its like loves been erased they replaced that Theres no food in the crib where they plates at” Trip Lee, Invade
WHY THE WELFARE OF CITIES ANDCOMMUNITIES IS IMPORTANT Cities and communities are a reflection of the hearts of the existing people Cities and communities are connected culturally, economically and socially Cities and communities are to be reflections of God’s righteousness Cities and communities will shine as the Gospel changes hearts.
FIVE MAJOR ENTITIES OF THE CITY The Church Private Non- Citizens Profits OUR CITY City Local Government Business
PRIVATE CITIZENS Individuals and families that make up the above five entities. Spread across social and economic boundaries Ethnicities Income Poverty Employment Education
PRIVATE CITIZENS Each citizen lives out his or her religion in the city Proverbs4:23 Matthew 12:34 Emil Durkheim: Sacred and Secular Dualism Reductionism Every citizen brings to the table a set of beliefs that impact the overall city
THOUGHT TO CONSIDER „The lifestyle of the city is religion made visible, faith reflected either toward God or against him” Harvie M. Conn
THE CHURCH is a united group of individuals under the banner of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their purpose is to provide the spiritual wisdom that governs individuals and families for all of life. Denominations Leadership Niche
NON-PROFITS are incorporated entities that seek to address a specific need that exist in a local, national or global setting. Religious and Non-Religious Awareness Relief Development Foundations
LOCAL BUSINESSES Generate specific goods and services that stimulate economic growth Provide employment to citizens Owned by citizens who reside in the city
CITY GOVERNMENT Consist of executive, legislative and judicial branches who have elected officials charged with the infrastructure of a city. Executive: Mayor Legislative: City Council Judicial: District Judges Infrastructure Services: Police/Fire; Emergency, Schools, Transportation, Sewage and Water Regulations: city taxes, annexations, zoning, public events Finances: Collect city taxes, distribute grants and funding to programs and departments Collaboration: Work with other entities to better protect and provide for the citizens of the city
HOW CAN THESE FIVE WORK TO SEEKTHE WELFARE OF THE CITY?
What can we bring to the table? What can we bring to the The table? What can we Church bring to the table? Private Citizens Non-Profits What is theWhat can we need? What can webring to the bring to the table? table? City Local Government Business
INTENDED CONSEQUENCES Creates awareness Creates community Creates opportunity Stewardship of resources Stewardship of relationships
PARTNERSHIP MATRIXINITIATIVE PURPOSE RESIDENT CHURCH NON- LOCAL CITY GOV S PROFITS BUSINESS3R’S Literacy Parents Oakwood ? ? School BoardSewage ? ? ? ? Conway Sanitation Corp Recreatio ? ? UW ? ? n Connect a specific initiative to the appropriate entitiesAlways involve residents in community with each initiativeResources include: finances, materials and labor
PRACTICAL EXERCISE A low income community has met with your organization and has communicated that they would like to have a playground for children, adequate street lighting and begin growing their own foods. Develop a plan to incorporate the five entities of your city to address these needs by using the partnership matrix.
REVIEW The improved welfare of a city is a theme in Scripture Cities are interconnected Effective partnerships begin with understanding your city Partnerships are vital to proper stewardship The local church can shape the religion of the city and reflect a faith toward God
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION* Who has God called us to serve? What are the five most pressing needs you see? What gifts do you currently possess that would be beneficial? Where is God already working and how can you join him? How does the gospel address the needs of the group? If the group were to define “good news,” what would the definition look like?*These questions inspired from Darren Patrick and Matt Carter, For theCity, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010) , 115.
HELPFUL RESOURCESRay Bakke, A Theology as Big as the City, (Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 1997)Matt Carter and Darren Patrick, For the City, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010)Tim Keller, Generous Justice, (New York City: Dutton, 2010)Harvie Conn and Manuel Ortiz, Urban Ministry, (Downers Grove:IVP, 2001)