As we seek to help vulnerable families and kids, we will inevitably be faced with situations that challenge us. Without the guidance to navigate these difficult environments, we can end up, at best, personally burned out, and at worst, causing more harm than relief for our communities. Thankfully, there are many resources out there with community development in mind.
CarePortal Field Team, Area Directors, Church Leaders, Community Partners
Included in this Article
- Playing in My Neighbor's Sandbox (Webinar Recording)
- Who's Holding the Rope (Webinar Recording)
- Additional Online Resources
- Recommended Reading
Playing in My Neighbor's Sandbox
This recorded webinar is about public and private partnerships. We dive a little into working with the Child Welfare System but quickly broaden to just partnerships between churches and the community. We highlight moving from Tier 1 to 2 and 3, and talk about bringing people to the table, being a good listener to the needs and how we as faith communities discern how we have gifts to fill those needs. Another important topic covered in the presentation is working with the state, which has a goal of a safe and stable community, without the eternal goals of the church. But we identify where we can work together-- in the intersection of promoting human dignity.
Who's Holding the Rope
This recorded webinar discusses how churches can become an ATM when needy families come into their midst. It's common for churches to become the "fixer" rather than offering more of a case management role. We discuss real stories of when the Church actually ended up trying to do the work for the person in need rather than equipping them and empowering them to do that work. We talk about using your "community toolbox" (a tool box any good field rep would have access to) to help you empower people who are ready to change, and love others where they are without getting lost in their need.
Additional Online Resources
- When Helping Hurts
- Practicing the King's Economy