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  1. Transforming a City From the Inside

  2. Historical Place of the City • Provide safety and security • Provide a place for sacred activity • Provide economic opportunities far greater then in a village.

  3. Place of Cities in Today’s World • 2010 population of urban cities surpassed population in rural areas • 2015 70% of the world will be living in cities of over one million • Today 200 are such cities • 2015 there will be over 1450 such cities • 2/3 be in what’s called developing world

  4. Why Need Cities • Have transforming effect on people • Form a creative center for connections, conversations and transactions • Create fertile ground for thinking and receptivity • Help people live more efficiently and productively • Valued by God • Early Christian movement began in cities

  5. Village Definition of Community • A geographical place where people live • Hold many things in common • Have a sense of belonging, my place • Know each other

  6. How Cities are Different then a Village • People from all over, generally temporary • No sense of community built on knowing and trusting each other • More isolated, dependent on professionals • No safety net when people need help • City is not a community, too big therefore must break into neighborhoods

  7. Build a Village Where • We know each other • Surrounded by social network, not necessarily kin • People like me with intrinsic value • We are story tellers who tell each other our stories and listen to your

  8. Build a Village Where • All have wisdom, skills and assets • Have discovered a way not to be lonely • We know how to do without and make ends meet and help each other do this • We take care of each other

  9. What Causes Poverty Cause By A Combination of Different Things

  10. Poverty as …..Entanglement(Chambers) Lack of assets Material Poverty Vulnerability Physical Weakness Lack of reserves Lack of choices Easy to coerce Lack of strength Too many dependents Powerlessness Isolation Lack of assets Lack of education Excluded from system Lack of influence Lack of social power Exploited by powers

  11. Poverty as lack of Access to Social Power(Friedman) LIFE SPACE Territory Shrinking domain of the STATE Legal system biased against the poor Outside the political process POLITICAL COMMUNITY CIVIL SOCIETY Economic system not responsive to human and environmental costs Outside the economic system, not part of civil society institutions Expanding domain of the ECONOMY GLOBAL ECONOMIC SYSTEM

  12. Poverty as Broken Relationships (Myers) Other gods Domesticate God God Social System: political, economic, religious, local/global Individual: marred identity, diminished vocation, poverty of being Violence Racism Playing God Domination Oppression Lack of access Moral Poverty Web of lies Others Self Community Environment = broken, unjust relationships Overused land Poor land No land

  13. Cultural System Biophysical System Social System Personal System Spiritual System Poverty is… Inadequacy in World View Weak Mind And Body Captivity to God-Complexes Of Non-Poor Deception by Principalities and Powers Marred Identity

  14. Differences in Urban CHE (Neighborhood Transformation)

  15. Change in Name for USA • To Neighborhood Transformation • CHE not known in USA • Name had wrong connotations • Use Urban CHE internationally

  16. Focus on Transforming City • Start by transforming individual neighborhoods around city • Network neighborhoods implementing into a collaborative which will begin to do things on wider city scale • Start collaboration about 18 months into process instead of at the beginning

  17. TransformNeighborhoods • Identifiable by neighborhood not city as whole • Small in geographic size 8 square blocks • Build around elementary school catchment area since most kids still walk to school. • Parents more involved with kids at this age which can use to connect parent for other things

  18. Finding Out About People • Since most people don’t even know neighbor’s names we need way to find out about people, groups and organizations in the neighborhood. • Use Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) to identify assets found in individuals and groups in the neighborhood. • Asset mapping been done for 25 years in USA

  19. Why Focus on Assets • Everyone has assets (skills, knowledge, passions) which may be unknown • All people want to be of value to others and not just be a receivers • Builds on what’s in neighborhood already, work can be on-going by people in it.

  20. Why Focus on Assets?

  21. Why Focus on Assets? (2)

  22. Reinstitute Neighbor Helping Neighbor • Since people do not know each other • Nor have relationships and they have lost their safety net, they are dependent on professionals. • This makes them consumers • Help people meet and know about their neighbor through fun activities

  23. River Crossing Drama

  24. Ways to Help Relief Ministries - Provide temporary help using outside resources. Relief does not address long term issues nor increase the effectiveness of local people & organizations. Betterment Ministries (aka Rehabilitation) Rehabilitation programs can help people grow past one issue but often give only temporary or partial improvement. Development Ministries – Help participants & their communities to develop their abilities, knowledge, and conditions. Improvement should be recognizable & lasting.

  25. Gaining Peoples Engagement and Ownership • People so consumed with themselves little or no time to become engaged in activities • Need way to get everybody into the game • Begin with the willing • Start with easy entry opportunities to do something. Things that require no long term commitment nor experience • Do simple short teaching to understand what and why they are doing something. • Once get them started help move them to deeper commitment.

  26. Giving Everyone the Opportunity to Participate EXPOSE Easy Entry One Time No Commitment ENGAGE Several Times Heart is Changing Some Commitment OWN Continuing Engagement Recruiting Others High Commitment EXPOSE ENGAGE OWN From Mariner’s Church

  27. Neighborhood Transformation is About • Creating new sub-communities or villages • It is not entering an existing community like in a rural village. • Finding assets and interests of people in neighborhood, and equipping them to accomplish activities built on their self interest • Once have small interest groups functioning then connect them around one of their neighborhood interests.

  28. Training Volunteer Facilitators • Facilitators are volunteers therefore only have short time each week • Train in 6 Saturday segments over 24 months. • Learn to do a step and apply it for next 4 to 6 months in their neighborhood • Train multiple churches together each applying in their neighborhood.

  29. Training Materials & Approach • Learner Center LePSAS participatory teaching style • Lean and apply as soon as possible • Over 1500 lesson plans to draw from • All lessons can be taught by lay people. You don’t need to be a professional to do so.

  30. Outcomes Shared vision: The community sees a better future and has hope that it can be achieved. Leadership: Godly Christian leaders are positioned and equipped to lead the community toward the accomplishment of its vision for transformation. Ownership: People are taking responsibility for their own and neighborhoods wellbeing.

  31. Outcomes (2) Cooperation: People are united and working together for the common good. Volunteers: Significant numbers of people are taking initiative and acting sacrificially to meet the legitimate needs of others. Dignity: People have recovered their identity as made in the image of God and their vocation as stewards of creation; instead of being controlled or victimized by their environment, they are stewards of.

  32. Expectations • Neighborhoods transformed from the inside. • People know neighbors and helping each other. • People knowing and growing in Christ. • People taking responsibility for their own lives. • Healthy growing churches. • Improvement in employment and living conditions. • Reduction in disease, crime, drug and alcohol addiction. • Other Neighborhoods throughout the city begin to implement Neighborhood Transformation.

  33. Transformed Cities • Neighborhoods throughout city using the urban ministry are networked together to learn from and encourage each other. • As the teams come together they find common interests which begin to transform the city as a whole thereby changing it from the inside out.

  34. Check the Web • Web Page:www.neighborhoodtransformation.net • Face Book:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Neighborhood-Transformation/178206349129 • Blog:http://urbancheguy.wordpress.com/

  35. Help Bring Neighborhoods Out Of Poverty And People To Maturity In Christ A Ministry of Alliance for Transformational Ministry 6420 W. Beverly Lane Glendale AZ 85306 stan@neighborhoodtransformation.net