Your physical place in your neighborhood matters and your property has the power to be a life-giving presence to all who encounter it, even those simply walking by on a weekday afternoon.
This session with Sara Joy Proppe will consider how our engagement with the built environment is a fundamental component of our calling to seek the welfare of the city.
This conversation is for anyone who is a steward of a place, including church properties, office buildings, or homes. This online workshop will include a short talk by Sara Joy Proppe and a brainstorming session about ways we can be creative placemakers in Phoenix.
Sara Joy has a passion for cities, stories, and the Church. She loves to imagine how churches can be active and faithful participants in city planning and development in order to bring hope and redemption to the setting of our stories. She speaks and writes for a variety of audiences on this topic. She currently works full time as a Project Manager in commercial real estate development in Minneapolis, where she oversees mixed-use and historic rehab developments. She serves on the Executive Board for the Congress for New Urbanism - Members Christian Caucus. She is also the co-chair for the Urban Land Institute Minnesota's Young Leaders Executive Committee.
Sara Joy holds a B.A. in English Literature and a Masters in Community & Regional Planning. She loves to cook, garden, and bike around town. She shows her Texas roots with many aptly-placed y'alls in her conversations.
Based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, there is a team of local organizers and supporters for Proximity Project. They work in industries such as affordable housing development, economic development, real estate brokerage, urban planning and academic research. Together they dream about how to change the Twin Cities through encouraging faithful presence and good design in their churches and neighborhoods.Sarah
This workshop will be a virtual workshop through Zoom. The link and login instructions will be sent to anyone who registers.
The Bible isn't a set of separate books or disjointed principals: it's a compelling drama that narrates the true story of the world. It gives meaning to all of life and a vision for the flourishing of creation. In these lectures, Michael Goheen will show how the Bible unfolds in six "acts"--from creation to restoration -- and tells the story of how God is on a mission to renew all things through Christ.
Goheen will show how the Biblical Story provides a life-giving contrast to the false stories of our time and the idols of culture. He will argue that we need to see the Bible as a unified, authoritative, story if we are going to be disciples, and make disciples, who contribute to the flourishing of God’s world.
This event will be held in partnership with the Surge Network.
Pastors are often trained in how to study the Bible, but we rarely have
opportunities to learn how to study our city. Exegeting the City is a full-day class
that will help us understand the history, design, challenges, and assets of
Phoenix. We will turn the city into a classroom as we visit a variety of
neighborhoods, buildings, museums, and organizations in our city.
This class will provide pastors with the opportunity to interact with city leaders,
business leaders, educators, historians, and others who can help us understand
Phoenix and the role of the church can play in contributing to the flourishing of
this place. This class will expose the pastors to the basic tools of exegeting a
city, neighborhood, or community. This immersion experience will seek to expose
the theological truth that we are our “brother’s keeper” and that “we reap what we
sow” for good and ill.
1. Identify individual leaders, ministries, churches, and businesses, city leaders
who are doing substantial Kingdom work in the Valley and learn how we can be
shaped and partner with them.
2. Observe multiple theological perspectives and develop an appreciation for
how the whole church can provide theological perspectives that are like a
symphony making beautiful sounds to the Lord in benefit to our city.
3. Observe multiple contextual ministry philosophies with the purpose of learning
best practices and emerging trends.
4. Form new relationships with city leaders in the marketplace, the church, the
civic center, and among the poor.
5. Develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the city of Phoenix.
6. Identify various barriers and challenges the church of Phoenix faces in
addressing the needs of the city. Develop strategic partnerships and plans to