A Letter from Jeff & Eva
If ever there was a time for hope, it's now. If ever there was a time for peace, it's now. If ever there was a time for justice, it's now. If ever there was a time for unity, it's now!
Hope, peace, justice and unity in our diverse communities, among people of every color, ethnicity, age and background, in our relationship with those entrusted to protect and serve, and throughout our city.
As the Church, we demonstrate God's love. As those equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit, we must lead. EGC leads by strengthening Christian leaders to serve urban communities.
We appreciate your partnership with us in ministry!
In May, EGC partnered with Vision New England and the Louis Palau Association to host the first New England City Forum. This brought together 114 participants representing 67 churches and 43 nonprofits to discover what God is doing in the region, learn from each other, and plan for collaboration between Christian leaders.
Route One Ministries now has access to all four strip clubs in Springfield! This has opened up new opportunities to minister to the 150 dancers that work in these clubs by giving small gifts and offering times of fellowship, with the goal of seeing these women freed from sexual exploitation.
AbNet Director Sarah Dunham leads a cohort of 10 Christian leaders dedicated to increasing their church and ministry impact on human trafficking, through education, prevention, safe and effective response, and holistic community to support survivors. Sarah and the cohort have led the charge in training over 30 churches, including the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Norfolk who is now taking the lead in their community in the fight against sex and labor trafficking.
This year, Woven (Women in Leadership) focused on strengthening women in ministry. Woven hosted a consultation that brought together 100 Christian women, and took the input from the event to generate a report on healthy balance in the lives of women leaders. This resource was used to equip 500 leaders and churches throughout greater Boston to better support women in ministry.
This summer, ARC launched its Boston Emmanuel Training Academy (BETA) program, bringing seven college students from around the country to help with research tasks that support EGC's ministries. These BETA students served in several capacities in our different ministries including Starlight and the Abolitionist Network. Our goal for the BETA program is to train and deploy emerging leaders to do applied research in an urban context.
The BEC teamed up with Bethel AME Church’s Generation Excel Program to implement the Peer Mediation Program in a BPS school that had recently experienced several tragic student deaths during the school year. This program trained 14 student mediators and served close to 70 students, providing them a healthy outlet to resolve peer conflicts or heal from trauma.
Rev Ralph Kee of Greater Boston Church Planting Collaborative is spreading the vision to see churches in Boston operate collaboratively as one body. Through monthly collaborative meetings and numerous one-on-ones, Ralph has encouraged over 50 church planters in the past year across multiple denominations in their important work.
In the summer of 2016, as he has done every year since 2005, Pastor Soliny Vedrine led a group of 50 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.
The Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (GBRM), a project of Intercultural Ministries, trained over 200 Christian leaders from 50 congregations on how to conduct refugee ministry. After taking leaders through the training, GBRM assisted with deploying these leaders by creating and supporting functional teams dedicated to serving refugees through resources, fellowship, and social integration.
Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (GBRM) launched church based support teams, dedicated to serving refugees in need. This year, GBRM worked to support over 50 refugee families and formed 6 communities around refugee families.
Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (GBRM) started church based support community for refugees, dedicated to serving refugees in need. This year, GBRM worked to stabilize and support over 50 refugee families and formed 6 communities around refugee families.
Starlight Ministries teamed with Congregation Lion of Judah (CLJ) to help better organize the church's breakfast ministry. CLJ leaders see the ministry as a great opportunity to serve and share the Gospel with people who are homeless. Participants from the breakfast ministry now account for about 20% of CLJ's English-speaking congregation.
"My experiences with Starlight and EGC have single-handedly informed the career I’ve chosen and continue to provide the encouragement to keep on pressing forward in the face of poverty and brokenness."
Tracey is a public defender for The Legal Aid Society in New York City. Tracey has represented over 2,000 clients in New York City criminal court and additionally provides legal help at a local church for people who are homeless.
"Emmanuel Gospel Center is emerging as an important force for uniting Christians in the Boston area for the strength of the gospel."
Vito Nicastro is the Co-Director and Founding Fellow of The Institute for Christian Unity. He has worked in Ecumenism since 1990 and published a book entitled From Division to Christian Unity. He is Associate Director of the Office for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and serves on the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation.
"Our growth at Route One has been fully supported by the Gospel Center. It is an example of how EGC seeks to not only support churches, but also works to see that the surrounding communities are being impacted."
Joy Winters-Snowden is an emerging leader working with Route One Ministries (Springfield Site Coordinator) and a student at Gordon-Conwell. Her hard work and compassionate heart for exploited women has contributed to Route One's significant growth in the Springfield area, where Route One now has access to all four local strip clubs.
"EGC prepared me for leadership to serve students using clinical counseling and movement therapy."
Interning with the Boston Education Collaborative, Shannon used her skills in expressive therapy to work with high school students dealing with trauma. Shannon helped interrupt the cycle of violence within one Boston public school by training and mobilizing students to do peer crisis intervention and helping to design a peace day event that gave students healthy outlets to express their reactions to traumatic experiences.
“EGC gives immigrants and refugees a sense of 1st century Christian community in 21st century America."
Rev. Torli Krua integrates church planting and human rights advocacy to serve refugees from 38 countries, while using every opportunity to challenge the church to recognize this mission field on our doorstep. Rev. Krua has appeared before congressional committees on immigration issues and has been recognized by the National Lawyers Guild and the Peace Corp for his advocacy work.
Alicia Greenaway, Esq., is the founder of Esther Generation, a project where interlocking circles of Christian women use music, fashion, and community organizing to lead on important social and humanitarian issues.
"I am deeply grateful for the support and encouragement of the Woven staff at EGC. I am excited about their analytical abilities and their capacities to engage on a thoughtful level."
“Doug and Judy Hall of the Emmanuel Gospel Center are truly an inspiration of faithfulness in ministry and in scholarship. EGC’s research provided the initial spark for the writing of The Next Evangelicalism.”
Dr. Rah is the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church. His research and teaching offer a strong, biblical framework that has challenged and inspired numerous leaders to understand culture and multi-ethnic ministry in new and more systemic ways.
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago
“God called me to reach my city for Christ, and EGC helped me find a way. We followed EGC’s model by first producing a comprehensive church guide so we could identify the churches and encourage collaboration."
Rev. Dr. Donna Calawa serves among 175 churches in the city of Springfield, Mass., and across the larger metro region, to inspire a growing number of Christian leaders to engage in biblically sound theological education and effective, collaborative ministry.
Rev. Dr. Donna Calawa, Director, Visions for Springfield, Springfield, Mass.
"Building bridges across various Christian traditions and cultures can be extremely difficult. EGC came alongside me in cultivating the vision for Christian unity that God has given me. Without their support and encouragement to persevere, I wouldn't be the leader that I am today."
Kelly Steinhaus is the founding director of UniteBoston, a ministry that builds relational connections across denominations and ethnic groups in Boston. Fueled by EGC's teaching concept of Living System Ministry, UniteBoston runs an online events calendar, encourages inter-church worship movements, and facilitates collaborative service days for churches in Boston. Kelly is also studying urban ministry at Boston's campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Kelly Steinhaus, Executive Director of UniteBoston, Boston
"EGC has really been the Institute's home base in so many important ways. They have nurtured our mission and ministry, not least by providing a physical, intellectual and spiritual space that has also been a safe space from where we have pursued much of our principal objective of bringing the Church, in all of her remarkable diversity, closer together."
Matt Crane is the Director of Christian Education for the Presbyterian Church in Sudbury, MA. He also serves as a Fellow with the Institute for Christian Unity. His work at the Institute is to participate in promoting and serving the unity of the Christian Church by his involvement in dialogue that fosters Christian unity, mentoring ministry associates who have a passion for the unity of the Church and implementing initiatives that bring Christians together to engage in the practical, relational work of Christian unity.
Matt Crane, Fellow, Institute for Christian Unity
We believe healthy leaders, lead to healthy churches and related systems, which lead to healthy communities and positive change in the world.
We strengthen leaders by helping them:
Learn: by taking time to understand the city and the systems in which we operate.
- Connect: By getting to know the people involved and facilitating strong working relationships, and by connecting the dots of stories and narratives to facilitate understanding.
Equip: By providing teaching, training, tools and resources for effective ministry, and to help others learn and connect.
Learn, Connect and Equip always work together and lead to action.