We believe the skills of local residents, the power of local resources, and the supportive functions of local institutions are the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Our vision is to see communities discover, cultivate, and celebrate their assets.
What does a changed community look like?
We see signs of increasing ownership in the community
- We see evidence of a growing sense of community
- We see and hear about shared vision among residents in the community
- We see evidence of increased knowledge, skills, and resources working for shared benefit
- We see individuals taking on leadership roles in the community
- We see individuals growing personally, professional, and spiritually
- We see people living out their values, and working together to crease a sense of peace and joy (Shalom)
To accomplish this we follow these principles:
We believe that healthy relationships are central to all successful community development
We believe that every community, organization, institution are relationships. resources and capabilities that can yield self-transformation
We believe we should never do "for" others what they can do for themselves
Mercy and charity is sometimes necessary for short-term stabilization of people and circumstances but should never result in long-term aid
Development and Justice work yields long-term, transformative results
Power (economic, social, physical, political and spiritual) but be shared for community well-being.
Linking people who are of good will and their collective assets creates opportunities for existing and creative successes
Mapping assets helps individuals, communities, congregations, organizations determine how they are uniquely gifted and participate in the transformation process
Small groups of committed individuals can change their communities and the world.