Organic Community, Great Book

John Myers wrote a book Organic Community comparing a community that is designed and encouraged by organic growth versus a community that is designed by a master plan. As the title implies an Organic Community is what Myers heavily favors. There are nine elements he uses to describe the difference between organic and master planned…

Identifying Assets

As follow-on to a Blog I wrote a couple weeks ago on Assets we want to follow on with how to identify assets in a neighborhood. Communities can no longer be thought of as complex masses of needs and problems, but rather diverse and potent webs of gifts and assets. Each community has a unique…

Wholistic Ministry

Let’s talk about wholistic and what it means to us in the Global CHE Network and in Neighborhood Transformation. We spell wholistic with a ‘W’ because it keeps ever in front of us the idea that we need to deal with the whole person, all aspects of their life, and the whole community or neighborhood,…

Louisville New NT City

The first week of 2009 is almost past. I am in Louisville KY doing a Friday night Saturday morning first segment of our Neighborhood Transformation (NT) training. We have 45 participants from five churches based in the Shawnee Neighborhood where a new clinic for the urban poor is to be started. In addition there were…

This is my first blog that I have written on Saturday 3 January. Being a sports fan I am doing this watching the Phoenix Cardinals play in their first play off game in many, many years.  I hope to have something every week. I trust that you have had a very blessed Christmas. If you…