Ministry of Presence

Ours is a culture that places emphasis on ‘doing’ rather than ‘being’. In fact, if we are not doing something, we are wasting time and resources–and perhaps we are also seen as being lazy. Mission turns our North American ideal of ‘doing’ on its head. When we enter other cultures, it is more important for the…

What Is A Suburb

A suburb is a residential area or a mixed-use area, either existing as part of a city or urban area or as a separate residential community within commuting distance of a city Some suburbs have a degree of administrative autonomy, and most have lower population densities than inner city neighborhoods. Suburbs first emerged on a large scale in the 19th and 20th…

Why Cities

In 1900 less then 5% of the worlds population lived in cities. By 2010 50% of the world’s population live in cities. By 2010 by there were 25 cities with each having more then 10 million population. By 2050 25 cities will have grown to over 16 million each. By 2030 we will have moved from…

Who Are the Poor and Where do They Live

Justin Long in his blog recently shared “Words are things that we use: sometimes carefully, sometimes carelessly. I have been scanning a lot of articles lately and thinking about resilient communities.  Rich or poor are difficult terms: they can be relevant or absolutes.” When we say someone is richer or poorer we are comparing them to someone else. To say I am poorer than…

What is Transformation

TRANSFORMATION DEFINITIONS  A definition given by Bryant Myers of World Vision International in his book Walking With the Poor:  “I use the term transformational development to reflect my concern for seeking positive change in the whole of human life materially, socially and spiritually . Changed people and just and peaceful relationships are the twin goals…

What is Wholistic Ministry

I just attended a 3 day conference here in Phoenix, International Wholistic Mission Conference where 700 people came to talk about what was happening in wholistic ministry. Fantastic conference, you should plan to attend next year in 2015. It will be April 29th through May 1. Let’s talk about wholistic and what it means to…

Involvement in a Cause

It is important that people find a cause that they resonate with and then get involved at the level of their interest and amount of time they are willing to give. People are involved in different activities based upon their interest in a cause. The first level is Expose where people are testing the water…