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Yesterday, I blogged about New Hope’s work in Omaha. The days before Transformation Church, and Urban Breakthrough Ministries.

The work of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship is phenomenal. Even greater is there work with the National Church Adopt A School Initiative!

Here’s a quick overview of the work:

The school needed support to curb gang violence
The school needed an opportunity to provide parents with job training
The school needed mentors
The school needed partners to assist in a number of areas

OCBF stepped up in many ways (and continues to). Sure, there is a separation of church and state. However, this doesn’t mean that there has to be a separation of good works from taking place.

Do you see how your church could partner with local schools?

I see a common thread among the ministries engaged in community work. They are being deliberate about meeting the needs of their target community. As miniscule as this may seem, it isn’t. Too often, groups try to aid challenge areas with what they think the solution, as opposed to learning what the needs are that will be more of help and not a hurdle.

On a side note, another key element is the historical reference of the National Adopt A School Initiative to the establishment of the White House Faith-based Community Initiative.

What steps are you willing to take to learn more about meeting the needs of schools in your area?

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Hope Center

This is another example of the tremendous work taking place in the area of community engagement. Organizations like Hope Center For Kids are a tremendous inspiration. What if churches would open their doors to house after school programs like this or similar? I mean really, most churches are closed most of the time with the exception of two days 🙁

Could it be that many ministries have not stretched their resources strategically? I see endless possibilities for GOOD to engage the next generation in positive youth development in an area like this.

How simple is it for a ministry to partner with local groups, open their facilities for a few hours during the week, empower volunteers to mentor, tutor, and have fun playing physical activity games with students?

What does your ministry have going on it’s building during after school for youth? Leave a comment with your reply.

Make it a great day! Peace 🙂

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Verge Network

I had never heard of this ministry before I began to research content for this post. Their approach seems based on the word and very practical. This is my second entry in a series of ministries DOING work in their communities. Just in cased you missed the first entry click here.

Let me know of other ministries doing similar work with a link below.

Have a great day!

 

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