From Charity to Empowerment: Interview with Mike Mather of Indianapolis’s Broadway UMC

Conversation with John, Peter and Mike Mather: From Charity to Empowerment

Download or listen to John and Peter’s conversation with Mike Mather, the pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.

Their conversation centered on what truly innovative institutions can do to make the move from charity to empowerment and how the church can build a neighborhood by moving from serving the poor to ending their poverty. Supposing we thought about how to make our community better and we didn’t come up with a program? What would we do? In the neighborhood, how do you see beyond needs and discover the treasures that are there? What is Christian service? How do you think about a church as a community member?

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Running time: 1:00:00

 

About the Lead Author

John McKnight And Peter Block
John McKnight And Peter Block
John L. McKnight was raised a traveling Ohioan, having lived in seven neighborhoods and small towns in the eighteen years before he left to attend Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. There, he had the good fortune to be educated by a faculty dedicated to preparing students for effective citizenship. He graduated into the U.S. Navy, where he had three years of “postgraduate” education in Asia during the Korean War. More... Peter Block was born in Chicago and spent most of his early years in the Midwest. After college, he went to New Jersey and was involved in the early days of creating the field of organization development. This entailed some years at Exxon Research and Engineering Company and then the formation of a consulting firm with Tony Petrella. Marvin Weisbord joined in 1971, and the firm did pretty well until, Block says, “we all got into our sixties and either retired or moved in other directions.” More...

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