Over the past year, EGC connected with over 840 Christian leaders from 200 churches in Greater Boston!
Boston Education Collaborative
In Spring 2018, youth from Lower Roxbury partnered with the BEC, Vibrant Boston and St. Stephen's Youth Programs to address issues they identified in their community. They gathered insights from 55 local teens and young adults about violence, poverty, and other local issues. They presented their survey findings at an event that brought together church leaders and local organizations, and empowered young leaders to continue taking positive action in their communities.
Race & Christian Community Initiative
The Race and Christian Community Initiative welcomed over 130 leaders from different races, ages and theological backgrounds to celebrate the launch of our ministry. The atmosphere was electric, full of energy and enthusiasm, as people learned from one another and testified to how God is working in our city. By creating the space for people to come together and the Lord to move, RCCI helped connect, equip, and encourage people to continue God's restorative work in the area of race relations.
Route One Ministry
Route One celebrated some exciting milestones in their 8th year of ministry, providing training to 1,300 Christian leaders on human trafficking and gender-based violence! We connect with 70 women weekly, and serve 50% of the strip clubs in Massachusetts. Route One has seen 12 women leave the sex industry over the past 18 months and paired them with mentors to support the women as they learn ESL, fill out applications or attend NA meetings.
Starlight is equipping leaders from several churches (including Symphony, Citylife Presbyterian and Ruggles Baptist) in the Allston-Brighton and Fenway areas of Boston to collaborate with other churches in their area to implement holistic approaches to address the physical, practical and spiritual needs of people in their neighborhood who are affected by homelessness. Each church is learning to find its unique contribution to this collaboration as well as identifying key leverage points where churches and ministry groups can engage the system of homelessness.
The Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (GBRM)
GBRM trained 137 people (we call our trained volunteers “ambassadors”) and served more than 425 refugees in an on-going way or through “one-touch” events. In a response to a survey question about what benefits they had received from their refugee friends, one GBRM ambassador wrote, “The greatest benefit has been connecting, building friendships and learning to embrace a family who looks, talks and lives much differently than me on the surface. I have learned a lot about love from this family. I see ALL people groups a lot differently.”
In May 2018, we celebrated the legacy and retirement of Pastor Soliny Védrine, the founder and director of EGC's Haitian Ministries International. It was encouraging to reflect on our partnership with the Haitian community, and recognize the leadership that continues to work with and strengthen the Haitian Church. Pastor Sol's heart and vision for Haitian churches and pastors continues to add tremendously to the vitality of the Christian church in Boston.
Greater Boston Church Planting Collaborative (GBCPC)
“God’s goal is that every Bostonian be enthusiastically active in a Jesus-permeated, local church,” says Ralph Kee, animator of the Greater Boston Church Planting Collaborative. GBCPC strengthens pastors and church planters through dialogue, common vision building, and mutual learning. Some of our notable forums this year included "Church Planting and Hip Hop," led by Marc Auguste and Caleb McCoy (EGC's Development manager), and "Boston Rising: Boston's new Growth and the Church's Opportunity," led by Rudy Mitchell (EGC's senior researcher).
Living System Ministry
EGC Executive Director, Jeff Bass, Grants Manager, Dana Wade, and our ministry partner, Rev. David Wright taught "Living Systems in the Urban Context" at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Boston. This class teaches students to apply the basics and tools of Living System Ministry in church and ministry settings. In their evaluation of the class, one Christian leader wrote "this is one of my favorite classes of all time", and called the Living System approach "revolutionary".
This year, EGC attended the GO Conference, an event designed to equip and encourage members of the New England Church to be disciple-making disciples who share their faith in organic, relevant and meaningful ways. EGC facilitated and presented at workshops on Racial Reconciliation and Christian unity. EGC's research team also came alongside the GO Conference team provided event reporting and analysis. Join us at next year's GO Conference by registering here.
EGC Films was busy this year, telling stories from the city and hearing from important voices in our community. Our recent projects included a video on collaboration to fight homelessness, and the story of a refugee entrepreneur from Afghanistan. Check them out at egc.org/story.
New England City Forum
This year, EGC partnered with Vision New England, Greater Things for Greater Boston, and the Luis Palau Association to convene the third New England City Forum. This brought together almost 100 Christian leaders from 61 churches and 30 ministries from 17 cities across New England to learn from each other, develop deeper relationships, and ultimately increase effective ministry in each of our cities.
This year, Route One Ministry partnered with the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP) to host their regional conference in Boston. This was a conference for leaders in the anti sex trafficking industry, and other direct service practitioners to build leadership and fundraising skills. Several EGC staff members presented on Living System principles, grant research, and budgeting.