“Church Forsaken” Webinar

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


“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.

Jonathan is an alum of Northern Seminary’s Christian Community Development program.

In his book, 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.

Webinar participants will have the opportunity to dialogue about:

  • The importance of challenging singular narratives about people and places
  • The need for local churches to be consistently, present and active in their communities
  • The value of of cooperation, not only with other local churches, but with all community stakeholders
  • Practical tools for understanding and implementing the philosophy of Christian Community Development

God has always been at work in neglected neighborhoods. Join Pastah J on this journey and discover new hope for your community.


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