To form a coalition of faith leaders that will be intentional in God’s mission to help churches in a community seek the peace and welfare of that community.
To create a best practice that will be used around the city so that other cities and counties can follow.
WHAT IS NEEDED FROM FROM FAITH LEADERS
We’re not asking for money, we’re asking for something much more valuable, their time. With churches, our politics are different but we serve the same God. Can you imagine what we can do together to help the Highland Park community and others to follow?
We ask churches to be hubs for relationship building. Each church should have a zone of streets that they will be responsible for. The movement will be a hub for the hubs. We know that with these relationships, people will be asking for assistance that the church in their zone may not be able to help with. The movement will help to provide those resources or steer the community resident to an organization that can.
WHY IS THIS NEEDED?
Helping communities in need embodies the Spirt of Christ. The TEAM is a Faith Leaders movement to help build better relationships between churches and the community around them. We envision churches as vibrant community hubs, lighthouses for the community.
The church clearly contains the history of the neighborhood but as people move out and new people move in, some of those connections and relationships with the community members get lost. Through this movement, throughout the city of Richmond, the lighthouse of Virginia, we want to help rebuild those loss connections and trusted relationships.
We’re not trying to fill pews in our churches, although that would be a great result, our goal is to just to show people love. You know how the song goes, they will know we are Christians by our love, by our love. We want to let them know that we are there for them and we want to be able to keep in contact with them to see what needs they have that we might be able to meet or connect them with someone that can.
“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.”
Having better relationships with communities can have far reaching effects from improving relationships amongst community members to lowering crime. We have already started this initiative in Highland Park but hope to expand it throughout the city.