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    UrbNet Notes – Part 3

    By Jeremy | January 11, 2007

    Part 1, Part 2 (Unless otherwise indicated, all UrbNet '07 notes are courtesy of Virginia Ward)

    Urban/Suburban Partnerships · Few real relationships with urban and suburban · Scale of 1-10, the number is 3 · Expectation that urban should/must adapt to suburban way of doing things BUT, our goal should be to Build Bridges that facilitate meaningful, reciprocal relationships · Requires being in the room -- and staying there -- and having the hard conversations required to rebuild fractured relationships · Cultivate (Rhythm) Relationships (by spending time with each other) · Resources (calls into the city for help with “urban issues”) · Responsibilities to understand each other’s worlds · We need to think through how to interact with suburban churches and why do we want to work with them outside of the stereotypes. · We in the city interact cross culturally all the time. God is equipping urban America due to the diversity that already exists in the city not the suburbs. Is there something we can offer to help get this issue out? · Why do suburban churches outreach in the city but not vice versa?
      Suburban Challenges Ways to build bridges Urban Challenges
      • Paternalistic partnerships
      • Money, resources
      • "We’re here to save/help you"
      • Not building reciprocal relationships correctly
      • Urban pt/volunteer seen as “less valuable”
      • “Take over” church plant model
      • Driven by the clock/numbers
      • Guilty Conscience
      • Intentionality
      • (Memphis $ w/o strings)
      • Cross cultural youth activities
      • Adopting urban communities – focused resourcing (Memphis)
      • “Managed Gentrification”
      • Re-defining terms (urban, city and suburban)
      • Strength/strength reciprocity
      • Joint training events – (Cleveland) id local trainers that can work with both
      • Cleveland – encouraging sub churches to adopt an urban church that is adopting a school
      • Developing a leadership team for networking
      • Urbnet to highlight & market best practices and build findings into NNYM opportunities
      • Speak the truth in love: rebuilding
      • Relational resources and responsibility
      • Multicultural/urbanization as a gift to suburban context
      • Gifts-in-kind/technical asset
      • Build relationships through reciprocal responsibility around common purposes/passions (be creative)
      • Maintain teachable spirit – willingness to learn
      • Valuing differences w/equity
      • Find common groups/ground
      • Using guilt to manipulate $/resources
      • Not building relationships correctly
      • Not building capacity
      • Lack of accountability
      • Blame shifting

    Role of city coordinator


    Our city’s needs: