In 2013, Resolve to Strengthen Your Anti-Poverty Ministry.

In 2013, the National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative would like to support you in enhancing your anti-poverty ministry.

We are launching a new program called Pastors Ending Poverty to challenge and support lay and ordained pastors like you in achieving any goals you set for yourself between February and June of 2013. The goals can be as ambitious or modest as you want. The important thing is that you set them, so we can support you in reaching them. We’ll surround you with a community of other pastors who made resolutions who can sojourn with and encourage you. In mid-January, I will match you up with resources and an adviser who can help you reach your goals. Over the course of your time, you’ll receive special opportunities to plug in to different charity and advocacy opportunities. Simply fill out this form to make a resolution and enrollRegistration is limited to the first 50 people who respond, so sign up soon to reserve your space.

Here are a couple of inspiring examples of goals pastors have set for themselves so far:

“I want to harness the multiple capitals of the faith community to promote healthier and more just food systems–giving particular emphasis to creating economic opportunity for those in need.” ~ Pastor Ending Poverty in North Lima, Ohio

“Many in my congregation are surviving on SSI and are just above the poverty level. I wish to find strategies and ways to help them rise above that level, and then be able to reach out in that community which they know so well, to help others.” ~Pastor Ending Poverty in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Don’t hesitate to pass this opportunity along to friends. Please email or call me at 202-481-6688 if you have any questions. I’ll get back to you the first week in January.

New Year Blessings,

Shantha

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