Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods
:"There are no God-forsaken places, just church-forsaken places." -Jon Fuller, OMF International Jonathan Brooks was raised in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. As soon as he was able, he left the community and moved as...
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:"There are no God-forsaken places, just church-forsaken places." -Jon Fuller, OMF International Jonathan Brooks was raised in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. As soon as he was able, he left the community and moved as far away as he could. But through a remarkable turn of events, he reluctantly returned and found himself not only back in Englewood but also serving as a pastor ("Pastah J") and community leader. In Church Forsaken, Brooks challenges local churches to rediscover that loving our neighbors means loving our neighborhoods. Unpacking the themes of Jeremiah 29, he shows how Christians can be fully present in local communities, building homes and planting gardens for the common good. His holistic vision and practical work offers good news for forgotten people and places. And community stakeholders and civic leaders will rediscover that churches are viable partners in community transformation in ways that they may never have considered. God has always been at work in neglected neighborhoods. Join Pastah J on this journey and discover new hope for your community.
Jonathan Brooks ("Pastah J") is senior pastor of Canaan Community Church in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. He has a master of divinity in Christian community development from Northern Seminary, was an art and architecture teacher with Chicago Public Schools, and is a recording artist with the hip-hop group Out-World. He and his family live in West Englewood.
- :foreword By Sho Baraka
- <strong>practice 1: Reside Where You Don’t Want To Be: The Church-forsaken Position</strong>
- Introduction: From The Mind Of An Exile
- <strong>practice 2: Return To Previously Forsaken Places: The Church-forsaken Process</strong>
- 1. Welcome Home
- 2. That’s Not My Dream
- <strong>practice 3: Reconnect To The Whole Gospel: The Church-forsaken Plan</strong>
- 3. Co-ops, Cafés, Gardens, And Grocery Stores
- 4. Why Saving Souls Ain’t Enough
- <strong>practice 4: Reestablish The Value Of Place: The Church-forsaken Place</strong>
- 5. God, Have You Looked Out Your Window?
- 6. Promising Place
- <strong>practice 5: Remember The Poor And Marginalized: The Church-forsaken People</strong>
- 7. No More Outreach
- 8. Ain’t A That Good News?
- <strong>practice 6: Remind One Another Of Our Collective Power: The Church-forsaken Purpose</strong>
- 9. Shut Down The Churches
- 10. The Power Of Partnership
- <strong>practice 7: Reorient Our Vision To See Like God: The Church-forsaken Perspective</strong>
- Conclusion: Seeing The World The Way God Does