Tuesday, October 16, 2007



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Thursday, December 07, 2006

New Coalition Website and Blog

Visit the NEW and IMPROVED Coalition website and blog at www.CoalitionNYC.com.

New Coalition Website and Blog

Visit the NEW and IMPROVED Coalition website and blog at www.CoalitionNYC.com.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Take Advantage of ReLOAD Nov 11, 2006



RELOAD – A One Day Training Experience has grown out of Urban Youth
Workers Institute (UYWI), a ministry that desires to develop the next
generation of urban multi-ethnic leaders through one day training
events, citywide learning groups, coaching, mentoring, and an annual
national conference that gathers over 1,800 urban youth workers from
around the country. SIGN UP TODAY!

download the flyier here http://uywi.org/downloads/RELOADpdfs/tourpdfs/newyork.pdf

Friday, October 06, 2006


COALITION MEETING
TUESDAY OCTOBER 10TH, 2006
AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
SEE YOU THERE!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Adopt-A-School

The Idea + The Challenge + Related


THE IDEA

This section of the website proposes a city-wide experiment and invites your active thoughts and contributions.

What would happen if…

  • The 7,100 churches in New York City prayed every week for the city’s 1,200 public schools?
  • Volunteers from those churches served the schools as hall monitors, classroom assistants, tutors, event organizers, PTA delegates, or coaches?
  • Students from those churches were empowered to be salt and light on the campuses?
  • God-fearing staff members from those churches, whether teachers, aids, principals, or agency administrators, recognized their profession as a calling?

Dare we expect that test scores might improve and the $12 billion currently spent on the school system be managed better?

The idea is doable. There are 7,100 evangelical, charismatic, and Pentecostal churches in the five boroughs. In contrast, New York’s 1.1 million public school students are scattered across 1,200 public schools. That’s nearly a 7:1 ratio of churches to schools. Including the 1,000 private and/or parochial schools, there are still more than three churches for every school.

The challenge to discovering whether the experiment works is to monitor and coordinate it effectively. Any thoughts how?


THE CHALLENGE
(Reprinted from Network Magazine)

NetMag Summer 2006
Summer 2006

Why Churches Should Adopt Public Schools NOW
Why Churches Should Adopt Public Schools NOW

by Jeremy Del Rio
Campus Ministry

Summer 2006 pg 6
Get PDF Version


"… In love, He predestined us to be adopted…" – Ephesians 1:4-5 (NIV)

Sometimes a good idea takes a while to generate traction. But then a combination of timing, people, and Providence inspire enough hearts and minds to action that it transforms society, in what Malcolm Gladwell calls a "Tipping Point."

Consider, for example, the idea that churches should love youth in their communities by adopting public schools. The Campus Alliance has been saying this for years, even creating a website to help promote the idea and track its progress (www.EverySchool.com). But a review of the Every School database suggests that the cry has fallen on many ears that are unable, or unwilling, to hear. Many schools still wait to be adopted.

Recently, things began to change in New York City. In January, 293 pastors and ministry leaders who gathered at the 15th annual Concerts of Prayer Pastors Prayer Summit prayed intentionally for the first time in memory – with one voice and for more than a few minutes – for the city’s millions of young people. Rather than generic, "Bless them, Lord" prayers, they focused instead on specific concerns:

  • At-risk youth within particular churches, including the incorrigible ones, the nondescript ones who blends into the background, and the weak ones whom bullies target.
  • Personal and community struggles, such as sexuality, HIV/AIDS, family disintegration, and gangs.
  • Systemic injustices such as a public education system where 60% of elementary school students don’t read at grade level, yet spends $12 billion educating them, and generational poverty that traps nearly 30% of NYC children below the poverty line, with 72% of Latino and 61% of African American children.
  • The commissioning of ministers, both church-based and marketplace workers such as teachers, paraprofessionals, business managers, health professionals, and students themselves, to love youth without judgment.

This intentionality extended into a break-out session where 75-100 leaders conducted an "intergenerational conversation" concerning how to engage the region’s youth and youth culture with the gospel more effectively.

Why the zealous response? Consider that Jesus described children, who represent 25% of New York’s overall population, as the most ripe for a spiritual "harvest." Who’s more "like a child" – Christ’s prerequisite for entering the kingdom of heaven – than a child?

To make the conversation more manageable – engaging all of the city’s two million kids 18 and under (by themselves, they would be the fifth largest city in America) is a daunting proposition – the discussion focused on the 1.1 million students in New York’s public schools.

Why public schools? To borrow another of Jesus’ metaphors, effective "fishing" requires going where fish gather, namely (cheesy pun alert) within schools. Factor into the mix the reality that public school students come disproportionately from our nation’s most vulnerable communities, and compassion compels Christ-followers to be transformational agents.

How then should believers and churches engage within the context of nonreligious public school systems? By viewing those systems not as enemies, but as allies for equipping kids to live the lives to which God has called them.

Beyond that, churches should adopt particular schools within their communities. Imagine if every congregation committed to pray regularly for at least one local elementary, middle, or high school. Now imagine if individual congregants became answers to those prayers by volunteering within the schools as hallway monitors, classroom assistants, tutors, event organizers, PTA delegates, or coaches. Even better, imagine if the students themselves were empowered to be salt and light on the campuses; and if God-fearing staff members – whether teachers, aids, principals, or agency administrators – recognized their profession as a calling.

As a community outreach strategy, the best part about adopting schools is that it is doable.

New York City, which boasts the nation’s largest public school system, spreads its students among 1,200 public schools. Who would adopt these schools? Sociologist Tony Carnes of the International Research Institute on Values Changes has identified 7,100 active churches within the five boroughs. That’s more than a 6:1 ratio of churches to schools. Add in the 1,000 private and/or parochial schools, and there are still more than three churches for every school.

The math is similar on a nationwide scale. According to The Barna Group, there are more than 300,000 Protestant and 20,000 Catholic congregations throughout the U.S. The nation’s 57.2 million nursery through high school students are enrolled in 94,000 public schools and 28,400 private schools.

What might happen if the body of Christ within those 300,000+ churches actually functioned as such, and lived out the incarnation of Christ within the walls of our 94,000 public schools? Kids might actually be loved unconditionally, families served selflessly, and schools transformed in ways we all long to see.

Some would advocate that we wage a quixotic battle to reinstate what I consider to be a meaningless nondenominational thirty-second prayer in schools. Why not, instead, resolve collectively to actually pray, repent of neglecting to labor where the fields are white unto harvest, and commit to loving our schools through adoption?

It’s time we reached a "tipping point" to reach our schools!



Related

+ Student Prayer Testimony (Flushing Seekers Club)
+ Released Time (Alpha USA)
+ “An Intergenerational Stirring: Why Christian Churches Should Adopt Public Schools
+ Fund for Public Schools (for businesses interested in supporting individual schools)
+ Campus Alliance’s EverySchool.com campaign
+ Taking Adopt-A-School to a higher level
+ Dean Jonathan
+ PS 34, Take 2

Friday, July 14, 2006

Fighting for a Generation

Monday, May 15, 2006

Rockfest NY - July 22

POSTPONED! NEW DATE: T/B/A