How to Solve Social Problems
Theme of the week: Be a Good Neighbor
Sunday, September 1, 2013
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Who Said It … Dave Runyon
Dave Runyon is the executive director of CityUnite, a non-profit organization that exists to help government, business, and faith-based leaders unite around common causes. He also works with the Denver Leadership Foundation in order to bring transformation to his home city. He coauthored The Art of Neighboring with Jay Pathak. Dave and his wife, Lauren, have four kids.
What he Said … How to Solve Social Problems
In 2009 I gathered a group of 20 lead pastors in the Denver area so we could think, dream, and pray about how our churches might join forces to serve our community. We invited our local mayor, Bob Frie, to join us, and we asked him a simple question: How can we as churches best work together to serve our city?
The ensuing discussion revealed a laundry list of social problems: at-risk kids, areas with dilapidated housing, child hunger, drug and alcohol abuse, loneliness, elderly shut-ins with no one to look in on them. The list went on and on.
Then the mayor said something that inspired our joint-church movement: "The majority of the issues that our community is facing would be eliminated or drastically reduced if we could just figure out a way to become a community of great neighbors." The idea is that when neighbors are in relationship with one another, the elderly shut-in gets cared for by the person next door, the at-risk kid gets mentored by a dad who lives on the block, and so on.
Key Study Passage: Romans 12:9-18
Adapted from The Art of Neighboring (Baker, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, please open my eyes to the people in my neighborhood; help me to make efforts to get to know them and boldly reach out to them with the love of Christ.
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