This is part 1 of a 3 part series on why ENP believes that to transform Fresno neighborhoods, we need the Whole Gospel, Whole Church, and Whole City.
The word “Gospel” literally means “Good News” in Greek. So as we talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ we are talking about the Good News of Jesus. Our heart at ENP is to help you and your church be a blessing to our city and to point others to Christ. As we go about the work of pointing others to the Good News of Jesus we have to ask… Is your gospel actually good news to the people of Fresno? Can people taste and see it? Do you have a whole gospel?
I don’t know about you, but I was taught that “The Gospel” was a set of truths to know or believe. The gospel communicated the fact that I am sinful, because of my sin I deserve punishment, and God sent Jesus as the solution – so that by his death and resurrection I can go to heaven.
This annualreport gives you a visual glance at the work that happened throughout 2016. This work happens because of you! You are impacting our community in ways that the mayor, superintendent and many other city leaders have noticed. We are thankful for your partnership!
Keith Bergthold of Fresno Metro Ministry, Randy White of the FPU Center for Community Transformation, and Artie Padilla of Every Neighborhood Partnership collaborated on the creation of organizing filters to separate the substantive from the superficial in the approaches to true revitalization. ARCHER.
What elements are absolutely necessary to be present in order to hit the target of authentic community building? This is a useful tool for every community-based organization to take stock of its approaches.
Do we recognize the true presence of these elements in our approaches.
Are they supported by our methodologies and the allocation of our resources?
ARCHER is an acronym for Assets, Responsibility, Competence, Harmony, Empowerment and Results.
For most middle and upper-class families, the ability to read is something we take for granted. Books were aplenty in our homes and still are.
Imagine living in a home that doesn’t have any books, much less a bookshelf. Mom loves and works hard for you, but has little to give after her second part-time job ends at 8:00pm. Did I mention Mom doesn’t speak English? She wants to help you with your homework, but she only finished fourth grade in Mexico so she can’t read the words on the page. This situation and many others like it play out every day in our schools.
Fresno Unified is made up of just over 74,000 kids. Over 18,000 of them are English learners, and 86% are living in poverty. How do we make a difference in a city and a school system that has so much need? How do you go about changing the future of Fresno? Help a kid learn to read.
For transformation to take place people and neighborhoods must decide they want something different than what they currently have. Then they must care enough that they are willing to do something about it to see the change take place. If that desire and action are not there then no matter what we do for others might be good, but generally transformation does not take place. Transformation comes from inside people themselves and neighborhoods.
But we as Western Christians are focused on doing things for others. People might say sure I would like that and gratefully accept whatever we do for them but does that transform them or their neighborhood? The answer is No.
andrewfeilTransformation Requires More Then Doing Things for People and Neighborhoods
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We love Fresno.
We love the people of Fresno.
We have given our lives to this work.
We know you do too.
As a staff we wanted to design a t-shirt that would help us express the love we have for Fresno and share the work/message of ENP. We will be doing a short run of these For the Love of Fresno T-Shirts. Order yours today! $25.
Several weeks ago, I walked into a first-grade classroom, excited about getting to know 26 enthusiastic kids and anxious to help them with reading. It didn’t take long for me to be reminded why volunteering with beginning readers is so rewarding.
On my first day in a classroom this year, I began working with students to see how many sight words they knew. A few of the kids did pretty well, and I could tell they had someone at home who had been working with them. There was a confidence and pride in their accomplishments. But it became clear after just an hour in the classroom that many of them needed some extra help and encouragement.
One of the greatest joys of being a part of Every Neighborhood Partnership is the opportunity I have to meet some amazing people. I would like to introduce you to Kristin, a high school student who is giving back and inviting her friends and classmates at Bullard High to do the same!