Track 4 - Community Engagement

How can a local church hope to transform a community in in fact it does not reflect the community? In this track you'll learn best practices in pursuit of real community transformation along spiritual, social, and financial fronts.

Workshop Schedule

Session A - Tuesday, Nov 5 (10:45a) - Eight Components of Christian Community Development :: John M. Perkins and Big John Perkins

In this workshop, Dr. Perkins shares what he has learned from more than fifty years of community engagement. He’ll describe how a whole people in a whole church can take the whole Gospel on a whole mission to the whole world.

Session B - Tuesday, Nov 5 (1:30p) - Boundary Ambiguities in Mercy Ministry :: Maria Garriott 

How do you establish healthy boundaries for yourself and your family in the midst of the demands of urban, mercy, and multi-ethnic ministry? Examine the root issues that complicate things, and learn strategies to understand and set healthy boundaries.

Session C - Wednesday, Nov 6 (10:45a) - Tearing Down the Walls :: Heather Larson

In this session Heather will describe the journey of Willow Creek Community Church’s transition to greater diversity, and explain why the church recently tore down walls (literally) in order to bring its Care Center onto the main campus.

Session D - Wednesday, Nov 6 (1:30p) - Owning the Pond Together :: Paul Louis Metzger

Community transformation involves redistribution of relational need, responsibility, and resources. This workshop will address race and class tensions bound up with the myth of scarcity that impact churches negatively today, and how to get beyond this for Kingdom impact in the communities we serve.