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Discovering the Other: Asset-Based Approaches for Building Community Together Cam Harder

Discovering the Other: Asset-Based Approaches for Building Community Together

Cam Harder

Published May 6th 2013
ISBN : 9781566994293
Paperback
202 pages
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What is Gods mission? Simply put, says theologian and field educator Cameron Harder, Gods mission is to form communities that reflect and embody the life of the Trinity. Discovering the Other is an introduction to two tools that community buildersMoreWhat is Gods mission? Simply put, says theologian and field educator Cameron Harder, Gods mission is to form communities that reflect and embody the life of the Trinity. Discovering the Other is an introduction to two tools that community builders have found helpful: appreciative inquiry and asset mapping. These tools help congregations see that all of life is saturated by the sacred and give them energy to begin living as if it were so. Instead of asking, Whats wrong? appreciative inquiry asks, Whats right? Asset mapping asks, What resources do you have personally that we could bring to our future together? Out of these questions can arise a sense that every congregation is rich in history, people, and resources. Ideas emerge as people, inspired by the Spirit, listen and talk to each other. The leaders task is to facilitate, coalesce, and connect ideas, to catalyze and stimulate the development of vision. The creative connections lead to programs and projects that will enrich your congregations mission. But most importantly, in the process they will engage you with others, with their stories, their hopes, their gifts - to build community. This book looks for God, not only through the lens of such tools, but in the tools themselves. It is an effort to understand how processes like appreciative inquiry and asset mapping reflect the character and community-building style of the God whom Christians worship as Divine community.