Since 2011, we have led efforts to help vulnerable women and children in Nairobi, Kenya. Our focus is community development and transformation through the platform of the local church.
Being a Present witness to global need
Bringing Relief to the plight of the most vulnerable
Restoring hope with an eternal purpose
Developing ways to take action and do good
The Pastoral Circle – the circle of praxis
The pastoral circle is at the heart of the work that happens. It is the pastoral response based on transformational analysis and incarnation into the community. Through proper training and empowerment, local pastors and leaders can become the most equipped human resource to impact communities by joining the social engagements; all the while planting churches.
The circle has four actions that a pastor is constantly working and reflecting on - constantly adjusting to and from being, doing, word and deed. The pastor, while partnering with others, is focused on community outreach - positioning for discipleship.
· Insertion into context - Being
· Social analysis - Doing
· Theological reflection - Word
· Action, seeing a changed person - Deed
Transformation = changed people, changed relationships.
The Pastoral Circle is split into four phases that help us determine the appropriate action and posture to take for community transformation, while doing outreach and to “position for discipleship.” Presence, Relief, Restore, Develop.
These quadrants form the foundation for the rest of the circle.
The top half - Presence to Relief
When a need arises, understanding the level of need helps to administer the proper response. Our written “Benevolence Policy” document guides and empowers us in making the right decisions.
Presence and relief, lead to quick, short-term responses where care is relatively easy to administer. Relief is no longer a crucial need when individuals have the opportunity to partner with others and help themselves. After the crisis has been averted, it is important to move quickly into “Restore” and “Develop.”
The bottom half - Restore to Develop
Rehabilitation and Development, require much more time, effort and a long-term commitment. These stages require the “helpers” to move into a partnership role and allow the “helped” to participate and plan their own recovery.
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