A couple times a year, we invite ministry pastors, nonprofit leaders, students, and community developers behind-the-scenes of FCS. It’s an honest, practical look at the work we’ve done, the lessons we’re learning, and the ongoing desire to serve and love our neighbors well. We’ve got a few spots remaining for October’s event. Here’s four reasons you won’t want to miss it:
1. Hear Bob Lupton Speak on Toxic Charity
Dr. Bob Lupton has authored a ground-breaking book that looks at charity models and asks the question, “Do these programs truly help our neighbors?” He uncovers trends and examples where good intentions have spurred less-than-good actions. It’s a challenging message that anyone seeking to love the poor needs to hear!
2. Unpack Responsible Charity
If your response to the ideas of toxic charity is “then what?”, you won’t want to miss this follow-up discussion with FCS President Jim Wehner and FCS Executive Director Katie Delp. They offer tried-and-true program models that empower the poor and create reciprocal relationships with dignity.
3. Visit Our Ministries
We won’t just wax poetic about the work happening in the neighborhoods. We’ll get out and introduce you to our local coffee shop, Community Grounds, the South Atlanta Bike Shop, and the South Atlanta Marketplace. You’ll also be able to see housing diversity strategically developed by our partner, Charis Community Housing.
4. Ask Your Questions
We keep our Open House events small to truly create an interactive event. You will have opportunity to ask questions of FCS leadership, as well as other on-the-ground ministry directors. Get behind the stories and down to the nitty gritty of launching and supporting innovative community programs.
Our Open Houses are always a time of great connection and mutual encouragement. It’s a joy to be in a room with so many people seeking shalom in the neighborhoods where they live and work. Come visit us in October!
Can’t make these dates? Be on the lookout for our 2015 Open Houses. They are scheduled for the following dates: March 5-6, July 16-17, and October 22-23. We'd love to see you!