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.
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.
Focused Community Strategies partners with under-served neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God's Shalom is present.
neighbors change neighborhoods
I stopped at the end of my block to say hello to Mr. Williams. No surprise, he was cleaning up the corner near the bus stop. It often becomes overrun with trash or overgrowth from the adjacent lot. I asked if he needed help, to which he responded, “No, I just keep this clean for Ms. Janice,” referring to another neighbor on my block. What an amazing man of service! Mr. Williams makes the neighborhood better.
patron saint of business people
“We don’t need more soup kitchens…we need businesses,” Peter Faber muttered to himself as he stepped around sick and homeless souls huddled in the back alleys of the city. He had risen early to pray in the quiet predawn hours. He assumed the dark streets would be silent and deserted. Instead, he encountered scores of destitute beggars – some shivering in ragged coats behind trash bins, others pleading with outstretched hands for a coin or a morsel.
on raising city kids
My kids were born in South Atlanta. It is the only neighborhood they’ve known, and it’s the only one I’ve ever navigated as a mother. As my children keep getting older, I am always asking questions about how to raise them in the city and in the community we call home. My son is nine years old and last year, he began riding his bike to our neighborhood youth group on his own. Families considering a lifestyle of urban ministry often ask about the freedoms we allow our children.