What is Christian Community Development and Why Does it Matter?
“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.”- Jeremiah 29:7
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love (mercy) kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” -Micah 6:8
Mission: Possible! Austin is a Christian Community Development model of ministry. We believe that God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with Himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities. We envision seeing people transformed spiritually, emotionally, physically, economically, and socially. We do this by offering mercy with justice. Our programs are venues to connect the body of Christ with people in the community for Christ-centered relationships. Through Christ, lives can be fully transformed.
“Christian Community Development” is a holistic (or wholistic) philosophy of ministry. Christian Community Development has a holistic approach to ministry that deals with the spiritual, social, economic, political, cultural, emotional, physical, moral, judicial, educational and familial issues of each person. We all have a sense that the world isn’t as it should be, and as Christians we focus on the person’s relationship with Jesus. Of course, the most essential element to Christian Community Development is evangelism and discipleship. Yet solving problems with lasting solutions is more than evangelism and discipleship.
Christian Community Development matters because it mobilizes God’s people to love people and their communities holistically. Jesus came to not only die for our sins, but to inaugurate the kingdom of God on earth. Mission: Possible! Austin is a part of the “Christian Community Development Association” (ccda.org) where we can network with other believers to be more effective. We would love to discuss this more with you! For more information or to schedule a tour of our ministry email firstname.lastname@example.org.