July 23, 2012
I was at a communi-D barbecue the other day.
I had some friends who were at their first barbecue ever. They had heard me talk about it a little bit, but this was the first time we were all able to come out together.
When they got there some of us split off to go play ball, others sat down with a group of young girls and paint nails, another sat and had good talks with some of the other kids who were interested in neither.
May 16, 2012
A month ago I wrote a post about a man I met at Elevate Detroit’s Communi-D barbecue in Hazel Park. I didn’t ever get to post it on Life After Death (to self) but you can read the original on the Elevate Detroit blog.
The story was about Nelson, an older man who was slow to talk but began pouring his story out to me. Some of that was interesting autobiographical information: where he lived, his family. Other parts were a bit odder: defending the world from alien invasion and being offered the medal of honor.
April 26, 2012
This Saturday I was at Elevate Detroit’s barbecue in Pontiac.
If you didn’t know, basically Elevate Detroit just starts barbecues in communities in order to create events and spaces for neighbors to meet each other, churches to serve together and community to grow. Pontiac is the location that I work with the most since I am going to be moving there soon and starting M6C. It tends to be lower-income, mostly former blue-collar workers who have been laid off from any one of the many factories that used to be here, but that’s a different story.
February 24, 2012
I am sorry that I have been so long away from blogging lately. My plate has been pretty full and below you will see why. But first some background.
I moved to Detroit, Michigan in August of this past year after feeling a strange pull and had a couple doors opened to me that were a bit too much to be considered coincidence. I had felt a strong pull to church planting work for a great while and felt it was time to take the next step and get my hands dirty and learn something about it. So I moved to Detroit to work for Kensington Community Church which has strong credentials in the church planting world being the head of Vision360, the 37th largest church, the 64th fastest growing church in the country and the #9 Church to learn church planting from according to Outreach Magazine.
November 18, 2011
As Seen on Elevate Detroit’s Blog earlier this week:
I love working for a nonprofit.
In the business world, anyone who is working in the same field as you are is considered competition. When it comes to nonprofits though, they are partners and friends working toward a similar goal. Often times it is easy to call up a person or a group and say, “Hey, I want to learn more about what you do!” To which they reply, “Come on over.”
November 7, 2011
Greetings readers! Hope this post finds you humble, happy and attacking November as if every day brings you closer and closer to Thanksgiving.
I have talked to many of you personally over the past few days and let you know that my internship is moving from Kensington Community Church to Elevate Detroit.
October 20, 2011
There has been a consistent theme the past week or so in the interactions and meetings that I have been having with several people. The conversations have all revolved around being credible as a white person in the city of Detroit.