Christian Organizations Addressing Social Issues
Emmanuel Gospel Center Blog
by Emmanuel Gospel Center
1w ago
Photo credit: Matt Vasquez via Lightstock Christian Organizations Addressing Social Issues by Rudy Mitchell, Senior Researcher Boston is home to an array of initiatives dedicated to tackling social issues. Many churches and Christian organizations are at the forefront of addressing these needs. Some have been serving for decades. Others are new. This guide showcases Christian organizations addressing some of the most pressing social issues. Their endeavors range from supporting vulnerable children and families to promoting environmental stewardship. Organized into over a dozen categories, this ..read more
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Remembering the Past to Build Shalom in the Present
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by Megan Lietz
2w ago
Remembering the Past to Build Shalom in the Present A resource list on the history of slavery in Boston  by Megan Lietz, Founding Director, Race & Christian Community Initiative One lesson reiterated throughout my Christian ministry education was “know your context”: learn the history, community, and concerns of the people you serve. But this discipline is often lost when it comes to cultural and racial issues, especially the history of slavery. Despite the far-reaching social, economic, and spiritual impact the institution of slavery has had on Greater Boston, none of the three Chris ..read more
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More than a fundraiser
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by Emmanuel Gospel Center
1M ago
More than a fundraiser Pulling back the curtain on EGC’s content creation process for our annual fundraiser.  At a historic church space in the heart of Cambridge, a diverse choir has gathered to worship God. But instead of a Sunday, it’s a rainy Saturday morning. In place of a congregation, a camera crew adjusts lights, angles shots, and tries to stay on schedule. But like any church gathering, there is coffee.   It’s film day for the Emmanuel Gospel Center as we prepare for our annual fundraiser and virtual concert.  This year, we’re filming at Central Square Church, a sa ..read more
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EGC’s (Inaugural) Shalom-Seekers Book List
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by Emmanuel Gospel Center
4M ago
EGC’s (Inaugural) Shalom-Seekers Book List Liza Cagua-McAllister for EGC staff The Emmanuel Gospel Center (EGC) exists to catalyze kingdom-centered, systemic change for the shalom of the city and the glory of God. If you are also on this amazing mission, our staff recently put together a list of books that have influenced and helped us along this challenging journey! We asked our team: What books from diverse authors have you read that have contributed meaningfully to your shalom-seeking in the urban context? Why were these books significant to you?  Submissions ranged from systems thinki ..read more
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Church History
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by Emmanuel Gospel Center
9M ago
Explore the history of the Church in Boston with a look at Christian movements through the centuries ..read more
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Boston Church Directory
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by Emmanuel Gospel Center
9M ago
Explore the Boston Church Directory The Boston Church Directory lists Christian churches located within the city limits of Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge. The Directory may be used for developing relationships between members of Boston's Christian community; referrals; finding a church home; research in church planting; and other scholarly, relational, or spiritual purposes. Contact Rudy Mitchell, Senior Researcher Contact Rudy Mitchell, Senior Researcher Name * First Name Last Name Email Address * Subject * Message * Thank you ..read more
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Ministry With Eyes Wide Open: The Varied Lenses of Community Research
Emmanuel Gospel Center Blog
by Emmanuel Gospel Center
9M ago
Photo credit: Hamilton Photography via Lightstock Ministry with Eyes Wide Open: The Varied Lenses of Community Research By Rudy Mitchell, Senior Researcher Are you seeing all that can be observed about your community? From community-based participatory research to social-network analysis, there are various ways Christians can learn more about the communities they serve. In this presentation, we explore several approaches to community research: Spiritual and religious assessment Historical-research approach Demographic approach with mapping Community-based participatory research Asset ..read more
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Community Research and the Church
Emmanuel Gospel Center Blog
by Emmanuel Gospel Center
9M ago
Photo Credit: Athena Grace via Lightstock Community Research and the Church by Rudy Mitchell, Senior Researcher A Christian church or ministry functions in the context of a particular community. To effectively minister in that community, it’s important to understand it. There are various ways Christians can learn more about the communities they serve. Community research provides us with the tools to go below surface observations. It lays a foundation for community transformation and effective witness. In this series, we explore several facets of community research: different approaches, its na ..read more
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Guide for Researching Your Community
Emmanuel Gospel Center Blog
by Emmanuel Gospel Center
9M ago
Photo credit: JYount Photo via Lightstock Guide for Researching Your Community by Rudy Mitchell, Senior Researcher Click here for an illustrated guide to researching your community. Community or Neighborhood Name: Community geography Clearly identify the boundaries of your community (geographical, political). Identify the U.S. Census tracts of the community (unless you are covering a large area) or identify other defined areas used in population or demographic surveys. Describe the main geographical features of the neighborhood or community. Describe any other basic defining charact ..read more
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The Value and Relevance of Community Research
Emmanuel Gospel Center Blog
by Emmanuel Gospel Center
9M ago
Photo credit: Andrew Holzschuh via Lightstock The Value and Relevance of Community Research By Rudy Mitchell, Senior Researcher Why research our communities when we can simply talk to people or make casual observations? In-depth research helps us go below the surface. There we discover the root causes of problems, hidden needs, or little-known assets and resources. Research provides a broader understanding of the various trends or forces impacting our communities. With this greater awareness, Christians can more effectively minister in their communities or start new ministries. Community resea ..read more
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