Race Under Grace – 2017

Under the guidance of Pastor Harold Nash and his team from Fellowship North Church, the Nehemiah Network announces the continuation of the Race Under Grace initiative for 2017. Race Under Grace is a project designed to pursue racial unity in and between Central Arkansas Churches. Pastor Nash, and others in the congregation, have used this powerful process at Fellowship North for years, and are achieving giant steps in knitting together the hearts of ALL God’s people in fellowship with this ministry.

The flagship of the Race Under Grace project is a series of cross-racial conversations that serve as a launch-point for pastors and church leaders.  This Leadership Series introduces pastors and church leaders to the “Race Under Grace experience” and helps them make plans for pursuing racial unity in their own church settings.

The Leadership Series is then supplemented with continued conversation among pastors and leaders, but more importantly with tools and guidance to help Central Arkansas churches create their own Race Under Grace experience.  We see this happening in three possible phases:

  • The Race Under Grace leadership team can help pastors design and lead cross-racial learning experiences for their church’s leadership team (deacons, elders, staff, key teachers and lay leaders);
  • The Race Under Grace leadership team can help a church’s leadership design a cross-racial learning experience for congregation members and coach the team in leading the experience;
  • The Race Under Grace leadership team can help a church’s leadership team think through, and make plans for, implementing a hand-full of core disciplines should they wish to move toward a healthy multi-racial church environment.
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Seek the Welfare of Our Community

The prophet Jeremiah writes in Jeremiah 29:7, But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. We are seeking to mobilize the church in strategic areas to seek the welfare of our community. These include seeking the welfare of children, seeking the welfare of families, and seeking the welfare of neighborhoods that could use a helping hand.

Love Children
We are seeking to encourage church and school partnerships through strategic partners such as STEP, AR Kids Read, and Kids Hope USA.

We invite Central Arkansas churches to continue to partner with The CALL, Project Zero, and Immerse Arkansas to become a community where there are no children waiting for a caring home.

This year want to focus on a new partnership with Safe Families for Children.   Safe Families is a movement that assist church families in helping children and families Crisis.

The best way to love our children is through healthy families and marriage is God’s plan for the family.    We are partnering with FamilyLife and the Central Arkansas Marriage Initiative to encourage to serve churches in the development of marriage ministry.

Serve our community
CityServe seeks to unite Central Arkansas Churches to demonstrating the love of Christ (Matt. 5:16) in a Saturday Day of Service on April 29, 2017.   The focus of CityServe 2017 will be to love our neighbors by serving neighborhoods that could use a helping hand.

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Central Arkansas Antioch School

The Central Arkansas Antioch Initiative is a platform for local church-based theological education that is fully integrated into community development, church planting and vocational pursuit.  In partnership with the Biblical Institute for Leadership Development (BILD), their North American 30-City Urban Initiative and the internationally accredited Antioch School, the Central Arkansas Antioch Initiative seeks the welfare of our city by:

  • Strengthening church leadership through ordered and intentional Biblical training;
  • Engaging churches and individuals into self-directed collaborative learning networks;
  • Drawing resources into urban communities of need;
  • Organizing world-class and affordable Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate of Ministry degrees;
  • Synchronizing academic development with local, church-based ministry and community development practicums
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