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Go & See

Take an afternoon to explore Memphis. Each full day of the conference offers a variety of Go & See experiences, providing conference participants with an opportunity to visit the neighborhoods and communities of the host city—learning from local practitioners and experiencing the history and unique qualities of the city. Some Go & Sees also include on-site workshops, offering practical tools and insights from practitioners living in the neighborhood.

Pre-registration is required. The $7 fee covers transportation costs. Tickets may also be purchased on-site at Registration. All Go & Sees depart from the Convention Center. Be sure to check the departure time for a particular Go & See.

Thursday, November 12, 1:00-4:30pm

Memphis Athletic Ministries
MAM has strategically established nine neighborhood youth centers across inner city Memphis. Our urban youth are predominantly African-American from economically disadvantaged single-parent households. Throughout our workshop and tour, you will hear about the impact of gospel-driven mentoring and evangelism initiatives. We will share the challenges facing urban ministry, the importance of community and church partnerships, and tactics for increasing all stakeholders’ (youth, families, staff and volunteers) commitment to our mission. You will leave with an understanding of the importance of model flexibility in a changing environment, pro-active staffing strategies and the effective use of human and financial resources.

Workshop: Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers
Randy Odom
Hear from MAM President and CEO Randy Odom as he breaks down the components of what success in urban ministry looks like. Randy will discuss MAM’s methods of meeting social needs and stakeholders’ interests in a self-sustaining way over the long-term. He will explain the value of data in determining impactful programming and evaluating results. He will also discuss finding the right staff, working with millennials, creating partnerships that drive innovation, and dispelling the lies of urban ministry.

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New Hope Christian Academy
New Hope Christian Academy is an urban, college­ prep elementary school in the heart of Frayser, a neighborhood of North Memphis. They offer a challenging, independent school education that affords their students opportunities for future learning. Established twenty years ago, NHCA has grown to 428 students in Pre­Kindergarten through 6th grade and offers learning opportunities in their own Urban Farm and Forest, Design Thinking space, science laboratories, Arts Academy, and athletic program.

Workshop: Faith and Education: A How To for Private Christian Education
This workshop will be a panel discussion with New Hope Administration on establishing and implementing a vision for Urban Christian Education. Anticipate high-level discussions ranging from educational philosophy, raising money, operations, recruitment and retention.

Workshop: Investing in Alumni
Blair Geer, Kara Lay
This workshop will give the opportunity to hear New Hope’s strategy for partnering with our 6th grade graduates throughout their higher learning.

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Nueva Dirección
Nueva Dirección is a church serving the hispanic population in the Hickory Hill neighborhood of East Memphis. Their community center, Las Americas, serves Latino and immigrant youth, children and their families through outreach, educational and recreational programs in schools and after school. They will be offering a ministry tour and workshop that focuses on the various aspects of doing church with the community.

This bus tour will travel the entirety of the beautiful Uptown community and will focus on varying neighborhood revitalization projects. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will provide participants with the opportunity to explore how various community development products are implemented in conjunction with diverse and unique partnerships; generated with creative funding strategies; bolstered with sustainable policies and procedures; and evaluated with reliable and validated theories and methods.

Workshop: How to Build an ESL Program
Greg and Daisy Diaz
Join the pastor’s of Nueva Dirección in an engaging workshop on building an ESL program within your church or nonprofit. They’ll share practical tips on getting started, working with your community to build resources, and equipping congregations to serve non-English speakers.

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St. Andrew AME: The Works CDC
St. Andrew AME Church is part of the 199-year-old African Methodist Episcopal (AME) tradition, a church tradition historically involved in civil rights. Recognizing the need for housing development in the community, in 1998 St. Andrew started a Community Development Corporation (CDC), The Works, in order to receive federal funding for their housing efforts. After ten years of housing development work, they started asking, what do we need to accomplish in the neighborhood besides housing? The leadership of St Andrew AME and The Works developed a grassroots planning process, inviting the neighborhood to determine the priority for their community development efforts. Take a tour of the neighborhood The Works is committed to seeing transformed and get a first-hand look at the collaboration between a church and a CDC in community development.

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Friday, November 13, 1:00-4:30pm

Binghampton Neighborhood Tour*
Binghampton began as an independent and racially integrated rural Memphis town in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The community experienced a shifting character as the city’s growth pushed east and urban manufacturing jobs departed, leading to various stages of racial segregation, poverty and population flight, which spawned a significant reduction in home ownership and increased vacant and blighted property. This Binghampton neighborhood tour will introduce you to various ministries and individuals that work in collaboration throughout the neighborhood.

The tour will include a visit to Caritas Village. Caritas Village strives to “break down walls of hostility between races, rich and poor, and provide a positive street-corner alternative for neighborhood children” in Binghamton, one of Memphis’ most underserved neighborhoods. Caritas Village’s restaurant is only one of the many opportunities that are available within their walls.

*This tour departs at 12 noon. Participants will have an opportunity to purchase lunch at Caritas Village.

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Center for Transforming Communities – South Memphis Shalom Zone
Established in 2010, the South Memphis Shalom Zone is a unique collaboration of churches of various denominations seeking God’s shalom in the South Memphis neighborhood. Their signature statement reads: “We are one team with a mission to love God and neighbors, focusing on the needs of individuals, sharing life’s challenges and triumphs, working together to improve neighborhood pride with respect and dignity for all.” Join as we meet with and tour the various churches and ministries that are collaboratively serving South Memphis.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis
Uptown is one of Memphis’ oldest and historically eclectic neighborhoods. In the late 90’s, Uptown was considered to be the site of the first public-private revitalization, HOPE VI. The foundations of this development included the nationally acclaimed trend of building neighborhoods focusing on walkability, affordability, and efficiency with mixed-income families. The population density of Uptown grew and began attracting more businesses, healthcare anchors, community-based initiatives and the partnerships that support wrap-around services for families. Uptown became our Neighborhood Revitalization community in 2010. This neighborhood has a vibrant pulse, bubbling with assets and cultural and historic vibrations.

This bus tour will travel the entirety of the beautiful Uptown community and will focus on varying neighborhood revitalization projects. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will provide participants with the opportunity to explore how various community development products are implemented in conjunction with diverse and unique partnerships; generated with creative funding strategies; bolstered with sustainable policies and procedures; and evaluated with reliable and validated theories and methods.

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Oasis of Hope
Oasis of Hope offers a tour of one of Memphis’ lower income communities and the various outreaches that are addressing some of the felt needs in the community, including: Christian discipleship, elementary educational enhancement, youth arts & sports, affordable housing, a used appliance store, bicycle shop, personal finance and daily senior citizen outreach.

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Service Over Self
Service Over Self (SOS) seeks to empower people and transform neighborhoods by utilizing volunteers to renovate the homes of economically disadvantaged homeowners in the Binghampton and Orange Mound neighborhoods of Memphis. SOS seeks to partner with neighborhood homeowners to help make homes warm, safe and dry.

Workshop: Can Short Term Missions Play A Role in CCD?
Marlon “Big Dog” Brown, Philip Walkley
Learn how one short term mission organization has incorporated CCD principles to make greater impact in an under­-resourced urban neighborhood. This workshop will give an overview and history of Service Over Self (SOS), an urban home repair ministry in Memphis, TN. Participants will learn about a model of ministry that started with short ­term volunteer home repair camps and has grown to include urban youth leadership development, CCD ministry training, and collaborative partnerships for greater community impact. Participants will gain ideas and tools that are easily transferable to other ministry contexts.

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