Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together and Doing It Right

Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together and Doing It Right

John M. Perkins / May 28, 2020

Restoring At Risk Communities Doing It Together and Doing It Right A comprehensive handbook to urban ministry introduces and shows how to implement a Christian community development program

  • Title: Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together and Doing It Right
  • Author: John M. Perkins
  • ISBN: 9780801054631
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • A comprehensive handbook to urban ministry introduces and shows how to implement a Christian community development program.

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    About "John M. Perkins"

      • John M. Perkins

        John M Perkins is a sharecropper s son who grew up in New Hebron, Mississippi amidst dire poverty Fleeing to California at age 17 after his older brother s murder at the hands of a town marshal, he vowed never to return However after converting to Christianity in 1960 he returned to Mendenhall, Mississippi to share the gospel of Christ While in Mississippi, his outspoken nature and support and leadership in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, beatings and imprisonment He again was arrested in 2005 year while protesting in Washington D.C against U S Government defunding of programs aiding the poor.In Mendenhall, Perkins and his wife, Vera Mae, founded Voice of Calvary Ministries This Christian community development ministry started a church, health center, leadership development program, thrift store, low income housing development, and training center From this ministry, other development projects started in the neighboring towns of Canton, New Hebron and Edwards Philip K Reed, the previous pastor of Voice of Calvary Fellowship, has assumed the leadership of this dynamic ministry.In 1982, the Perkins family returned to California and lived in the city of Pasadena where Perkins and his wife founded Harambee Christian Family Center in Northwest Pasadena, a neighborhood that had one of the highest daytime crime rates in California Harambee is yet standing, running numerous programs including after school tutoring, Good News Bible Clubs, an award winning technology center, summer day camp, youth internship programs, and a college scholarship program.In 1983, while yet in California, Perkins and his wife, along with a few friends and other major supporters, established the John M Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation Development, Inc for the sole purpose of supporting their mission of advancing the principles of Christian community development and racial reconciliation throughout the world Biography from the John M Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation Development


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    1. This book was written out of the experiences of some of the first in the U.S. to combine community development with Christian witness and found in it a powerful way to live out the Kingdom of God. The practicality of this book is grounding and the insights and challenges are keen. It's only weakness is it isn't as theologically precise as I enjoy, but given the action oriented nature of these writers, it is an excusable flaw. Definitely recommended to anyone with a heart for the city in this day [...]


    2. I guess I'd give this book a 3 for style and a 5 for content. I felt that the writing was weak, as is typical for a book written by multiple authors, and the format was confusing and jumbled, but as far as being a helpful resources for those interested in Christian community organizing? Most definitely.Restoring At-Risk Communities gave me a lot to think about, particularly in regard to the commitment that it takes in our cities to see transformation. Must-read for potential urban ministers.


    3. Restoring at Risk Communities lives up to its subtitle: The Official Handbook of the Christian Community Development Association. I find this funny because as I was typing "feels like the CCDA handbook," I glanced down to find it printed on the cover.This is a must-read for anyone considering inner city ministry. Coupling Scripture with practical advice, RARC is a compilation of wisdom from ministers with 'experience in the trenches.'


    4. We read and discussed it as part of our staff meeting every other week. While there is still much that is relevant, applicable, and worthwhile, it is clearly dated and is overdue for a revision. The work of Christian Community Development has evolved and matured significantly since this book was first published.


    5. Good simple and practical guidelines for doing urban ministry, especially for multi-cultural contexts and improving race relations.


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