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Change in Neighborhood Transformation Leadership

Hi All

As many of you have heard  there will be a change of leadership in Neighborhood Transformation. A co-leadership team is taking my place which has been a couple year transition. This will take place March 31st 2018. I will still still be involved as Director Emeritus.


Garold Elston is now fully guiding all marketing. Garold been  doing the marketing, traveling to conferences, teaching mentoring projects for 2017 as I mentored him. He also has been an affiliate with his own organization Salvaged Lives.Garold moved from California to Missouri to be more centrally located to better travel all of the cities across the USA. Christian Elston is taking over all of our social media posting under Garold
Jeff Bisgrove  is taking over all administrative functions. Jeff has run his own organization, Arizona Neighborhood Transformation location in Guadalupe  Arizona. He has been doing all of NT administrative functions for several years. Jeff will also take our fund raising activity which they plan to increase.
I will still be involved with being a consultant doing special projects behind the scenes, a few times a year speaking at conferences  as well as continuing to write
What a ride this has been for over almost 40 years when CHE/NT was begun in 1980 in Uganda under Campus Crusade, Then its spread over 10 years to 24 countries in Africa. Then spread primarily by Medical Ambassadors over the next 20 years. Then the introduction of Neighborhood Transformation which is the USA urban ministry.
The past 8 years we have started from scratch starting with the way we did CHE finding what worked here in the USA, who our potential clients are and continually modifying based on what we learned as we see NT being tested in over 25 cities across the USA mostly in urban settings from towns of 15,000 to large cities over a million.
Thank all of you who have been involved in many, many different ways. NT is based on all of you who have been investigating and putting together different elements of NT. This will continue under Garold and Jeff but at a slower rate. Their emphasis is working more closely those of you who are trying to implement the many ways NT gets started and continues until it beginning to transform a place.
They are working on a updated mobile web site which is more geared to today’s world. The blog location will also be changed to the web site.We’ll let you know when it is up and running.
Remember NT is really a template of hundreds of elements that a person does dependent on what they are already doing in a neighborhood.
Never forget NT is all about combining God’s word and his example of showing love to all people. What are you doing to know your neighbor and then engage them in this ministry?
May the lord bless you in this endeavor.

Dramatic Change

I heard Brenda Salter McNeil convincingly speak at the Christian Community Health Fellowship Conference in May 2016. She also wrote a great book Road-map to Reconciliation 2015, IVP Books Downers Grove, IL which I bought. Her whole approach is on Reconciliation primarily between races but also where you have opposing ideas and practice between two groups. I have written a couple lessons on, but not published yet. An approach to reconciliation between two groups which hold radically opposed positions which they guard to the core. The groups are so entrenched in their positions they reject out of hand what the group is saying.

The books outlines a five step process to reconciliation but after doing the lesson plan what she is saying applies to radical change which is what Neighborhood Transformation is all about. There is the much more traditional beliefs by Christians which separate them into two camps, those doing evangelism and those doing Justice with very few holding the Biblical basis of Jesus. It is both. Also Christians have a tendency to separate functions into the evangelists and the social workers with few understanding we must be doing both together being wholistic. Also we are paid to do the work and members who if work generally only inside the four walls of the church. We must take the position we are all called missionaries where we are now. We see many people who just keep doing things for people instead of empowering them to change what they want changed.

Change is the central issue for those involved in transformation for what they are trying to accomplish. All of the above needs a catalytic event to shake people out of their old ways of doing things, the status quo. They then need a process for moving from where they are to an entirely new position. So I am presenting a capsule view of her process asking could this be of help to you who are trying to see transformation take place

Starting Point for Change, A Catalytic, Shake it Up

There must be a Catalytic Event to shake them out of their self-preservation and isolation mode which is natural. We try to preserve the values and way of life that defines us. People have to come to the realization that things might have to change before things can get better. Generally coming to this point requires some catalytic event that moves us to begin to consider this option. This kind of event causes us to consider moving from the stagnation of life in a homogenous group. Acts 22 which gives us the catalytic event Saul went through to become Paul

Transformation requires disruption and a degree of chaos to increase the urgency that change must happen. This causes chaos which we must embrace. Disruption is absolutely necessary for the reconciliation process. A catalytic event will either push us forward toward transformation or tighten our tether to preservation. Catalytic events cause chaos and chaos is resisted by most people because they want to be in control.

A catalytic event sometimes happens when someone read the book Where Helping Hurts or Toxic Charity that both show most help really hurts people they have desired to help. Another example is when a person goes overseas for the first time and sees deep poverty and they are blown away. This causes them to rethink what they have been doing. It pulls them up short.

There are four other steps which a person or group must go through if there is to be a dramatic change in the way people think and act. I will share them with you in my next blog.