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October 14, 2021 49 min

#006 – "Get out of the need-meeting business and get into the gift -finding business!" -- it's  just one of the challenges that Lean-in's  guest Jay Van Groningen brings to followers of Jesus, who want to make a difference where they live. Through his lens of asset-based community development, Jay helps us explore the role of church in the community ... one that is at its best when it  embraces a culture of reciprocity, mutual engagement, and dignified inter-dependance.

Jay Van  Groningen currently serves as a asset-based community development trainer and coach with the Great Lakes Urban Restoration Network.  He brings a wealth of faith-based community development experience,  having birthed and supported many church-based Christian community development organizations.

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Discussed in this podcast is Jay's journey to embracing asset-based community development (ABCD).  He shares what he has learned: about what it takes for the body of Christ to think and act differently -- where  coming alongside a  local community is neither done out of self-interest, nor is dependency producing.

During the podcast Jay explains:

  • What he has discovered about generational poverty and immigrant poverty
  • The value of stand-alone non-profits in partnership with a church
  • ABCD theory and how it differs from traditional church approach to community engagement
  • The 6 gifts that are found in every community
  • What  community  engagement and community mobilization look like
  • The 6 community development categories/activities useful for churches wanting to make an impact
  • How to put ABCD into practise where you live
  • What role in the community can followers of Jesus play when using ABCD
  • Thanksgiving and appreciation for how the God of Hope is at work in communities
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    On the next Lean-in Podcast, I’ll be joined by Tom Jackson, CEO of the UK's Love Your Neighbour Campaign -- a nation-wide initiative that is tackling the social consequences of COVID-19 for vulnerable people. 

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