“Also, seek the peace and prosperity (shalom) of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
Following the example of Jesus, we commit to the work of reconciliation, seeking the shalom of our communities and world. This calling is radical but in line with the Biblical tradition to help create a Kingdom reality. We commit to working together with those in our community of similar faith, those still finding their faith, and even at times with those outside our faith where the work of community development (job creation, education, housing, & health care) may find a common path moving forward.
“To live as a Christ centered movement for all people overflowing boundaries transforming our region and beyond.”
Next, our mission is a necessary step that takes us from just “seeing” to actually “doing.”
“That every Benton Harbor resident is prepared for further education, life, and work while experiencing Christ’s love.”
Finally, we believe that a relationship with God is key to shaping and sustaining both our vision and our work. A life committed to Christian Community Development principles and work (CCD) is often difficult and has been described by many as “working in the trenches.” Prayer, spiritual sustenance, and community are critical.