Our Latest Cohort

There’s pizza on the first night. It’s good pizza, too. I should have made my name tag before I got a piece; my poor planning left a grease stain on the stark white sticker as I scrawled my name in sharpie. This is our first Tuesday together. Five churches from across the Richmond metro have…

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Fellows House

When I stepped onto the porch, my suspicions were confirmed: the house definitely had character. Further inspection only made me more confident. 2209 is a special place. There is a heart here- or at least there was once. My job is to get it beating again. I’m going to need help. I am one of…

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Upcoming Shift Cohort: Sign-up Today!

We invite you to join other leaders from churches across Richmond to learn and apply asset-based community development principles to existing local missions and outreach in our region’s under-resourced neighborhoods. Through these 7 weekly sessions, you will learn about innovative Christian responses to poverty and practice them in community with others, “shifting” your approach to…

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Marketing and Communications Openings

Embrace Richmond seeks to strengthen communities by training, coaching, and connecting neighborhood and congregational leaders who desire to be agents of change in neighborhoods across metro Richmond. We believe that the neighborhood residents themselves are the primary building blocks for a healthy neighborhood. We believe faith communities can play an important role in strengthening neighborhoods…

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From the Director: 4 Outcomes of ABCD

  Recently a friend asked me why  asset-based community development matters. I often have a difficult time stating succinctly what the outcome of our development approach is. I don’t think my friend intended to use the “5 why technique” on me but essentially that is what he did. Here is how the conversation unfolded. My Friend:   Why…

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Mission Immersion Success!

This past week, we had the pleasure of “immersing” five students from Baptist Theological Seminary into urban ministry opportunities across Richmond. Here are a few highlights from our amazing week together with our partners: Hillside Court Partnership, Richmond Hill, Cornerstone Revitalization Center, Chesterfield Department of Social Services, Brandermill Church, Real Talk Youth Ministry, CARITAS, and…

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Upcoming Training Opportunities – Winter / Spring 2015

We are excited to announce that we have these Shift Training events currently scheduled for 2015.  All events are sponsored by local congregations or denominational partners but are open to individuals from all faith traditions who would like to participate.   Brandermill Church :  Wednesday’s from 6:00-7:15pm throughout February and March (except Ash Wednesday).  For…

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Peace and Justice Circle

In the spring of 2012, Embrace Richmond began listening to the hopes and dreams of the residents of the historic Brookland Park community. As in all of our community building efforts, we knew that prayer would be the most important thing we could do together. It has been nearly 3 years and we are still…

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Please Support the Embrace ABCD Training Institute

The Embrace ABCD Training Institute equips congregations to use asset-based community development (ABCD) practices in community ministry and mission. We do this by offering extensive training and coaching services to congregations in order to expand their impact in neighborhoods across Metro Richmond. This fall Embrace launched our Shift Training series in partnership with Cornerstone Revitalization Center as they successfully began…

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