Aligning the Vision among Churches, Schools, and Businesses

Posted by Steve Patterson on 2/14/2015 5:00:00 PM

As followers of Christ, we are called to love one another. I can’t think of any better way to show our love to others than to help those who are in need. The Bright Futures program offers a way for churches to follow this calling from God and truly make a difference in the communities in which we serve.


With our Community Engagement Conference quickly approaching, I'd like to invite you to discover how to awake our faith-based partners and get them engaged to help your program succeed. In the workshop “Awakening the Sleeping Giant,” we’ll discuss ways to work with faith-based organizations in your own communities and awaken them to the possibilities of serving God through service to others.


Another challenge we will tackle is the best way to get businesses, schools, social services, and faith-based groups aligned behind the vision to give a Bright Future to the students in your community! Each of these groups have a different vision regarding what their support looks like for their individual organization. But, much can be accomplished if we align our visions and work together toward the same goals.


In another workshop, “Aligning the Vision among Churches, Schools and Businesses,” we’ll discuss ways to find direction which will lead to success for your community.


Finally, we will look at the aspects of boundaries, qualities of clear communications, and how to engage volunteers in a big way in “Addressing Boundaries, Embracing a Friend.” It’s natural for each of us to set boundaries and expectations regarding how we deal with others, but sometimes those boundaries can stand in the way of us reaching out to help others.


I will teach in the Faith-Based track and from my personal experience with the Bright Futures program in Joplin. We’ve accomplished much, but there is still so much more to do and so many lives waiting to be touched.


I hope you'll join me February 23-24 at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri. See you there!