Have you sensed recently that resources seem more precious? Yet, a recent report showed that many are giving more to churches and charities. Is our giving producing results that help others and honor God? GoodCities is having a powerful impact through professionally facilitated leadership communities, coaching, and consulting.
Ray Williams, Chairman of the Nehemiah Group in Little Rock wrote, Ãƒâ€™All participating churches (in the Little Rock Leadership Community) have experienced an increase in the number of volunteers engaged in the community. Two churches had more than 100% increases in a 12 month period. The new level of cooperation among churches resulted in a new urban-suburban partnership that is working together to address homelessness and literacy at a nearby school.Ãƒâ€œ
Chip Sweney, Associate Pastor at Perimeter Church in Atlanta, wrote, Ãƒâ€™The Atlanta Leadership Community has accelerated the work of racial reconciliation that is so desperately needed in Atlanta. It has also helped spread the Unite! movement to other regions of Atlanta as these churches have caught the vision for partnering to make a kingdom impact in the community.Ãƒâ€œ
GoodCities creates a solid connection between those who desire to serve and worthwhile short and long term opportunities offered by effective nonprofit service organizations.
GoodCities Leadership Communities were piloted by founding Board member, Eric Swanson. His research demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach.
"Leadership Community churches more than doubled the number of church volunteers deployed in ministry and service to the community (from 15, 560 volunteers in 2003 to 33,668 volunteers in 2006). Additionally they more than doubled the number of hours each church gave in service to the community (from 466,866 in 2003 to 1,151,860 hours in 2006). The financial impact of their volunteer hours grew from $8,025,427 in 2003 to $21,309,410 in 2006. Cumulatively, over the three year period, these thirty-three churches gave more than sixty-two million dollars in volunteer ministry and service to the community."
Church leaders in San Diego started three new GoodCities Leadership Communities this past spring. Leaders in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Huntsville, Alabama tell us they want to unleash a new wave of volunteerism to address issues in their communities.
In these challenging economic times,leveraging time, talents, and Christian compassion changes lives and communities through GoodCities. Your gifts leverage this positive change and they are needed more than ever. Please prayerfully consider giving a generous gift.
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