come visit us!  

Three times a year, FCS welcomes leaders, innovators and practitioners from all over the country who come for two-days to learn about our model for community development. We would love to share our story and strategies with you. Come and learn from Dr. Bob Lupton, Jim Wehner and Katie Delp, along with various FCS neighbors and staff. Experience historic South Atlanta, the neighborhood where FCS is currently working.

Our next Open House is March 20-21, 2017. 

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we have some exciting news!

After years of in-the-trenches education and hours of interviews with some of today’s leading voices on topics of poverty, charity, and community development, we’re delighted to introduce Seeking Shalom. It is a 6 part, interactive e-course about how reimagining charity can transform lives and restore communities.

Seeking Shalom offers dynamic content on an innovative online learning platform. It is a video-based, community-driven experience that will equip churches, nonprofits, and practitioners to transform the charity paradigm. 


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Focused Community Strategies partners with under-served neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God's Shalom is present.

creating together in 2017 

One of the first images we are given of God in the Scriptures is that of Creator. We serve a creative God. As we read along in Genesis, God is forming sky and water and decorating the landscapes with plant life. Animals are placed on the Earth and set free in the sea, and God’s hands dig into the dirt to form mankind. Creating, mind you, can sometimes be messy work.


5 ways To Create Community Together

As we celebrate a new year, we are reminded that building community is an ongoing effort. It involves everyone pitching in, trying new things, and being consistent with what works. After decades of moving into communities as intentional neighbors, we’ve tried more than a few community-building activities. Here are 5 ideas you can try in your neighborhood this year.


good wheat, bad weeds 

The farmer had planted good seed. He was sure of that. And the soil had been properly prepared. So where did all these noxious weeds come from? It had to be an enemy - a saboteur - slipping in at night, scattering weed seed in his fields. It wasn’t until the wheat was growing nicely that the weed sprouts had become visible.