This course explores the theological and practical dimensions of churches reaching out to distressed communities by creating faith-based nonprofit organizations. Congregations can be the key to leading and sustaining quality community redevelopment, improving the conditions of the culturally marginalized and helping individuals and families in crises to a more stable life and employment. Community, volunteer, governmental, economic and spiritual resources are combined to create highly efficient, caring centers. Course participants will learn both the biblical and theological bases for creating community outreach centers and also the nuts and bolts “how to” strategies and methods to do so. Examples of church-based social outreach nonprofits will be examined with at least one visitation to an active facility. Dr. George Cladis is Adjunct Professor of Ministry and is the Executive Pastor of the multi-site Liberty Churches in Massachusetts and the Executive Operating Officer of the faith-based New England Dream Center social service outreach.
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