COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FORUM: Changing one neighborhood

The Patheos Faith and Work Channel recently contacted leaders of some prominent community development and entrepreneurial organizations to talk about  successes and difficulties in their attempts to transform communities through the growth of new businesses and attention to the dignity of work. Over the next few days, just in time for Thanksgiving, MISSION:WORK will be [Read More...]

Movement Day


Movement Day addresses urban realities in the 21st Century. This event is catalyzing leadership teams from theworld’s largest cities to serve their cities more effectively by advancing high-level, city-changing collaborative partnerships.  Days before Movement Day, we invite you to join us for one of these additional events: City Advance, facilitated by Tom White (Frontline Ministries), Glenn Barth [Read More...]

“Shalom starts at home”: Housing problems, poverty, and how to change the world


Recently, Comment magazine ran a two-part interview on their website with Jonathan Bradford, CEO of the  Inner City Christian Federation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in conjunction with their June issue on Christianity and the city. Many of us are interested in urban renewal and in alleviating poverty–but we don’t know where to start. Jonathan had plenty to [Read More...]

Knowing your city’s story

You cannot tell humanity’s first story―the story of God’s rescue―without knowing your people’s second story ‒ their dominant, current reality with wants, hopes, desires, and dreams. [Read more...]

The end of urban ministry

Although it is often equated with neighborhood improvement, in reality gentrification is a process of class transformation: it is the remaking of working-class space to serve the needs of middle- and upper-class people. [Read more...]