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  • ele:Vate

  • Economic Literacy Education:

  • Vital Assets for

  • Transformation & Empowerment

  • Training for the 3rd “R”


  • ele:Vate

  • Mission: to help Christian community ministry practitioners educate and excite urban youth about economics, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.


CCDA’s 3rd “R”:

It’s About Community Economic Development

  • Developing the capacities and potentialities of people and of neighborhoods to bring greater hope and renewal to economically distressed areas

  • Small business development & job creation

  • Job training, job placement, job retention

  • Raising up indigenous entrepreneurs

  • Successful integration into the mainstream economy – e.g., managing credit, building assets


CCDA’s Method

  • With each of the 3 “R”s, workshops try to discuss…

  • WHAT it is

  • WHY it matters

  • WHAT the Word has to say about it

  • WHAT it looks like

  • HOW to advance it

  • HOW others have done it


This Workshop’s 2 Mandates

  • Lay the Biblical foundation or framework

  • (2) Offer introductory thoughts on practical application


The ele:Vate Workshop Track

Thurs 1:00: Biblical Foundations of Economic Literacy

Thurs 2:45: Economic Education for Urban Youth

Friday 1:00:Can you trust me with your credit card?

Friday 2:45: The Job Club

Sat 1:00-4:00 Creating True Wealth—Youth Entrepreneurship Parts I & II


FOUR BIBLICAL PARADIGMS

  • THE CREATION PARADIGM

  • THE CONSUMATION PARADIGM

  • THE WISE LAW PARADIGM

  • 4.THE KINGDOM PARADIGM


The CREATION Paradigm

  • 4 Central Themes

  • CREATIVITY: man is made in God’s image (Gen. 1:26). The main characteristic we see of God in this part of scripture is that God is creative.

  • 2. Our VICEREGENCY: God grants humankind dominion over nature, to steward it with authority, responsibility & care; man names things (Gen. 1:28-30; 2:15; 2:19)

  • 3. WORK that is pleasurable, fruitful, productive, satisfying

  • 4. FREEDOM (it’s implicit and makes possible the first three themes)


The CONSUMMATION Paradigm

  • Central Themes

  • Our VICEREGENCY: Rev. 22:5 talks about how we–the fully redeemed people of God–will reign forever and ever.

  • 2. We see CREATIVITY & pleasurable WORK


The Consummation Paradigm

A Radical Reality:

The kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it [the New Jerusalem].

-- Rev. 21:24


The WISE LAW Paradigm

  • Central Themes

  • Sabbath rest for people, animals, and land

  • Stewardship, not exploitation of nature

  • Individual responsibility & freedom

  • Just weights and measures (Lev 19:35-36)

  • Special safety nets for the widow, the orphan and the

  • stranger

  • Avoid sloth & folly (Prov. 12:27; 28:19)

  • Practice thrift (Prov. 21:20)

  • Future orientation (Prov. 13:22)

  • Invest and take risks (Prov. 31)


The KINGDOM Paradigm

  • Central Theme: Principles for our “In Between” Time

  • How God wants us to BE and to LIVE in this world that is still fallen but that has begun to be restored because the Kingdom has broken into it.

  • Continued assumptions (from the Wise Law)

  • But a new orientation, because of the Kingdom’s “now-ness”


The Kingdom Paradigm

  • SomeContinued assumptions

  • (from the Wise Law)

  • Necessity of hard work

  • Assumption of private property

  • Mercy and justice for the vulnerable

  • The folly of hoarding

  • The need for risk assessment


The Kingdom Paradigm

  • But A New Charge, in light of the Kingdom’s Presence:

  • How to give people a foretaste of the consummation?

  • How do we promote God’s ideal today?


Challenges of the Urban Ministry Setting

  • Economic distressed communities – few job opportunities, few home-owners

  • 2. Lack of hope for the future – crime, poor schools, domestic violence, drugs, unemployment all influence youth

  • 3. Street culture that vigorously promotes present-day orientation; “props”

  • 4. Socially isolated communities – lack of networks through which to hear about good opportunities; “spatial mismatch” of jobs and workers and poor public transport

  • 5. Less-than-ideal consumer habits – e.g., rent-to-own; little trust in/use of financial institutions (banks); high mark-up convenience shopping

  • 6. Economic injustices – redlining, lack of business entry, discrimination in hiring


Applications: What Can Ministries Do?

Sow hope!

(the Anathoth principle)


Applications: What Can Ministries Do?

  • Teach financial life skills


FAST FACTS:

Why Financial Literacy is SO Crucial

  • Only 10.2% of high school seniors score a “C” or better on the Basic

  • Financial Survival Skills Test.

  • 79% of students ages 16 through 22 have never taken a class in personal

  • finance.

  • 42% of teenagers between ages 18-19 have credit cards.

  • 64% of teenagers don’t know what an “interest rate” is.

  • Two-thirds of teens admit that they could use more lessons on money

  • management.

  • 70% of college students hold credit cards. One-fifth carry debts on these

  • cards of more than $10,000.

  • Average American household owns 14.7 bank, store, & credit cards & carries

  • an unpaid balance of $5900 on them!

  • In the 1998 "USA Weekend" survey, 42% of teenagers who responded

  • expect to earn $75,000 or more per year by age 30. (According to

  • government statistics, the average annual salary for a 30-year-old is

  • about $27,000.)


Applications: What Can Ministries Do?

  • Practice integration

  • into the economy

  • (as it is)


Applications: What Can Ministries Do?

Economic Justice Advocacy

(to reform it as it should be)


Applications: What Can Ministries Do?

  • Promote entrepreneurship


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