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Check out Joy's article, "Building Community Through Arts Ministry" in Faith and Leadership magazine, Duke Divinty School, Duke University
A practical guide for church leaders seeking to engage their congregations with the community, offering step-by-step instructions on 7 ways to structure transformational community ministry.
Joy Skjegstad first outlines processes for learning about the neighborhood, assessing gifts and passions within the church, and finding a good fit between congregation and community.
7 Creative Models:
• Donate Goods or Money• Mobilize Volunteers• Partner with Another Organization• Advocate around Public Policy• Engage in Community Organizing• Develop a Ministry Program• Create a Church-based Nonprofit
Each of the Model chapters features examples of churches that have implemented the model, with advice on strategies that worked and pitfalls to avoid. Subsequent chapters tackle how to:
• Choose the right model for your church• Recognize success in your ministry• Fund the new ministry• Do community ministry in the small church
Building on extensive writing already done on missional church strategies and community ministry, this book is a good next read for pastors and church member alike who are ready to take specific steps to implement a community ministry strategy.
Joy Skjegstad has been designing and launching community ministry programs for more than 20 years, including serving as the Executive Director of community development nonprofits at Park Avenue United Methodist Church and Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis. Now as a full-time trainer and consultant, she works across denominations and cultures to help churches develop innovative initiatives that meet real community needs and tap into the passions and gifts of congregations. The author of two other books, Joy is in demand as a speaker and webinar presenter with special expertise in faith-based organizations, community and youth development, early childhood education, affordable housing, services for the homeless and the arts.
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