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City partnerships for the welfare of the city


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City partnerships for the welfare of the city

  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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)
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. OBJECTIONS TO THE WELFARE OF THE CITY Moral Relativism Cynicism NIMBY Individualism Failure to understand the Gospel of Grace
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. FIVE MAJOR ENTITIES OF THE CITY The Church Private Non- Citizens Profits OUR CITY City Local Government Business
  10. 10. PRIVATE CITIZENS Individuals and families that make up the above five entities. Spread across social and economic boundaries  Ethnicities  Income  Poverty  Employment  Education
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. THOUGHT TO CONSIDER „The lifestyle of the city is religion made visible, faith reflected either toward God or against him” Harvie M. Conn
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. LOCAL BUSINESSES Generate specific goods and services that stimulate economic growth Provide employment to citizens Owned by citizens who reside in the city
  16. 16. 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
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. INTENDED CONSEQUENCES Creates awareness Creates community Creates opportunity Stewardship of resources Stewardship of relationships
  20. 20. 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 entitiesAlways involve residents in community with each initiativeResources include: finances, materials and labor
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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.
  24. 24. 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)