Feedback from Our Latest Cohort

Feedback from Our Latest Cohort

I was at breakfast with my mentor, explaining what asset-based community development is. I put it in the simplest terms I knew how: growing and nurturing assets within a community to help it become self-sufficient and self-reliant; focusing on systemic problems rather...
Our Final Cohort

Our Final Cohort

We’re leaving. It’s sad, but true; after eight weeks together, it’s finally time to go back to our churches and communities to share what we’ve learned. Mission Shift training has been fantastic so far- we’ve previously covered it here and here, exploring the ins and...
Meet Essie

Meet Essie

In case you weren’t aware, “Kansas City” is actually two places. Rather, if someone talks about Kansas City, they could be referring to one of two places: the one in Missouri or the one in Kansas. What’s even more confusing is the cities are right next to each other,...
Five Weeks Later

Five Weeks Later

This is a post in a series about our Mission Shift Cohort. Read the first blog post here. _______ No pizza this time, but that’s understandable. We’re down to business. We’ve been meeting every week at First Baptist Church for five weeks now. (It’s strange to write...
My First Thursday at Peace & Justice Circle

My First Thursday at Peace & Justice Circle

Anita smiled when she told me about the door. “You gotta throw your back into it,” she said. “It’s not gonna break.” The heavy door to the basement of All Souls Presbyterian Church behind me, I came into the room to see a group of new friends sitting around in a...
CFA Visit

CFA Visit

  There are two kinds of peach cobbler in this world: the kind that North Star Catering makes, and everyone else’s. I had North Star’s after dinner. Lucky me.   Twice a year, the Communities First Association gathers its members together in one of its communities...