In the past year, the Emmanuel Gospel Center worked to strengthen over over 1200 leaders from over 200 churches across Greater Boston.
Greater Boston Refugee Ministry
The vision of GBRM is to train and engage teams from local churches to walk with refugee families as they transition to life in the United States. This year, GBRM trained over 100 participants from 35 different churches, preparing them to assist refugees in enrolling children in school, learning how to use public transportation, set up bank accounts, find more suitable housing, learn English, and become more comfortable in their new homeland.
In February, Abnet hosted a panel discussion on how to create safe spaces for churches and survivors. Attendees heard stories from Jasmine and Cheri, both survivors of human trafficking now using their voices to spread awareness and support other victims. Many attendees were impacted by this event, and several joined the network of people dedicated to fight against human trafficking in New England and ensuring their church was a safe and healthy space for victims of exploitation.
Boston Education Collaborative
The Boston Education Collaborative began a new partnership with World Vision, a humanitarian organization, to bring school supplies to students in Boston and Cambridge. World Vision provided over $50,000 worth of school supplies to over 3000 students, and the BEC was able to engage its church-school partnerships to help distribute to these schools.
Haitian Ministries International
In the summer of 2017, as he has done every year since 2005, Pastor Soliny Vedrine led a group of 80 Haitian American young leaders to La Romana to minister to the Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic. For a week, these missionaries preached the gospel, led a Bible class for children, and distributed Bibles and food. The trip culminated in a closing service with 5,000 people in attendance.
Route One Ministry
This year, Route One Ministry formed a new partnership with the Springfield sheriff's department, working alongside their After Incarceration Support Services. With this partnership, Route One is better resourced to serve women if they have been arrested for prostitution. We partnered with this program to offer character building classes, skill trainings, and hot meals. This valuable partnership has strengthened Route One's work to free women from the sex trafficking industry.
Applied Research and Consulting
This year the Applied Research & Consulting (ARC) team launched EGC's NEW BLOG. ARC translates city learnings, social science, and Biblical reflection into relevant, readable publications that offer pathways to action in the city. The ARC team has already produced over 50 online research reports, calls to action, leader interviews, and ministry resources to nurture unity-minded ministry among Boston’s diverse Christian leadership.
Race and Christian Community
This year, EGC launched the Race and Christian Community Initiative, dedicated to empowering the Church in Greater Boston to lovingly and respectfully engage across racial lines, with a current focus on equipping White evangelicals to reflect and learn within their own community so they can more effectively participate in Christ's reconciling work.
Greater Boston Church Planting Collaborative
Rev Ralph Kee of the Greater Boston Church Planting Collaborative is challenging Christian leaders to get involved with "Imagine Boston 2030," a comprehensive vision to prepare for Boston's expected population surge. We are encouraged to see more and more Christians who are dreaming big for Boston!
After members from First Baptist Church attended a workshop at Starlight Ministries on homelessness, they joined Starlight staff on prayer and outreach walks in Central Square. This partnership has been thriving for the last 3 years, and now First Baptist Church feels equipped to love their community more deeply, as they prepare to open a drop-in center of their own, modeled after the Opportunity Resource Center at Starlight Ministries.
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 second New England City Forum. This brought together over 100 Christian leaders from 32 churches and 30 nonprofits across New England to learn from each other, develop deeper relationships, and ultimately increase effective ministry in each of our cities.
The Greater Boston Refugee Ministry
The global refugee crisis brought refugees front and center of the political narrative and public consciousness. GBRM was able to be a prophetic voice alongside our refugee friends, as a Syrian family supported by EGC's Refugee Ministry was highlighted and televised in an NBC report. GBRM and their partners were also highlighted in the Boston Globe, in a segment about Christian leaders speaking out about the refugee crisis.