c Transform Indiana... What's the latest?: August 2005

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Transform Indiana meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 12noon – 2:00pm.

Transform Indiana meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 12noon – 2:00pm.
Crossroads Bible College, 601 North Shortridge Road, 46219, 317-352-8736.

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Please join with other pastors & ministry leaders to discuss & to pray together about these issues, which have been placed before the Indianapolis community:

1. How do we fix the family?

2. How do we get churches to come out of their shells and get involved?

3. How do we get parents to step up, to listen to their kids, & not be afraid to set & enforce boundaries?

4. How do we get everyone to do their part to cure this now, not waiting on politicians, police or others?

5. How do we find & develop mentors for our young people, which is clearly part of the solution? Plenty of opportunities. Few volunteer mentors.

6. Jesus Christ is the answer. Prayer is needed. How do we get the faith community praying together to impact our society?

Please plan to attend this meeting, and invite your pastor, or the leader of your ministry!

Friday, August 26, 2005

Community Action: Families & Mentoring

Transform Indiana has focused its recent meetings on the topic: Breaking out of the Jail Cycle, with a view toward solving the jail overcrowding problem that the Indianapolis Star has been writing about for over 2 years.

A recent "Call To Action" meeting, attended by some 400 from the Indianapolis community, was specifically focused on the recent shooting deaths of 5 teenagers.

Dr. John Perkins, at the July Transform Indiana meeting asked, and answered this question:
“What’s broken in America and we’re not fixing it?”
“Broken relationships with God, and with families, within the community.”

The following Action Items resulted from the discussions at these meetings:
  • Churches need to come out of their shells and get involved, if they are not already.
  • Parents need to step up: Listen to your kids. Don't be afraid to set & enforce boundaries.
  • Everyone... don't wait on politicians, police or others... we can do stuff to cure this now.
  • 'Mentoring' is clearly part of the solution. Plenty of opportunities. Few volunteer mentors.
  • Jesus Christ is the answer. Prayer is needed.
  • Re-connect the faith community for impact.


Transform Indiana’s Scope of Ministry is largely directed at the last item:

  • Re-connect the faith community for impact.


Therefore, we have determined the following Action Steps:

  1. Develop creative ways to facilitate connections between suburban & urban churches, as well as other organizations that are already working in the area of mentoring, such as Big Brothers / Big Sisters and Amachi
  2. Consider a "mixer" at the CCDA Conference to introduce Indianapolis ministry people to each other
  3. Help those to focus on building relationships before talking about specific projects
  4. Develop creative ways to build teams that "take little steps, by faith" – start with community clean-up projects and other one-day activities, before setting up long-term projects
  5. Develop accountability for each other, with each other


We will begin to implement these at the Transform Indiana meeting on Tuesday, September 13, at Crossroads Bible College. Our plan is to seat pastors, church leaders, and ministry leaders at round tables to discuss ways to implement the above-stated solutions. Our purpose is to facilitate connection of churches and other ministries, so that they can begin to build relationships, which will lead to partnerships in meeting needs.


The 2nd implementation will be a “speed dating” session at the CCDA Conference in November. http://ccdaindy.org/This will enable pastors and ministry leaders to meet up to 10 other leaders, in hopes of building lasting relationships which will lead to ministry partnerships.


Please plan to attend the September 13 Transform Indiana meeting, and invite your pastor, or the leader of your ministry!

Friday, August 05, 2005

Aug 9th: "Breaking Out of the Jail Cycle"

August 9th, noon-til-2pm...
at the Unleavened Bread Cafe (30th x Central - map).




We'll be continuing the topic of Christians coming together to make a greater collective impact in the name of Christ, as we seek to positively impact our neighbors & communities... now & forever.

We'll be following up on our previous TI & CCDA meetings, but also especially regarding what we heard at the "Call To Action" meeting called Aug.4th, by Christian leaders Olgen Williams, Mel Jackson and many others. [Here's a link to some of the reports from that great community meeting attended by more than 400 community pastors, leaders, the mayor, U.S. congresswoman, city council, etc.]

Come be with us for the 3rd jailbreak attempt.