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People before projects

Published on July 30, 2018 by Micah Kephart

Ministry can often be messy, difficult, and sometimes discouraging. We want results and fast. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way in a broken world. Transformation takes time and it is only in the context of healthy relationships that healing can happen.

At Poetice, we believe in people before projects, in relationships before development programs. One of the driving factors behind this belief is that we have seen, over and over, development devoid of discipleship can actually make things worse. Because of this, we unabashedly lead with the gospel, as we believe at the heart of every individual oppressed by poverty, there is a desire for their true identity and vocation to be restored. They long to know God and be known by God as a co-creator with Him in this world.

Our approach is a three-step process that leads to holistic transformation. We seek to REACH those in need, RESTORE their identity and vocation, and REPLICATE this transformational process in and through the local Church.

This process starts by reaching out to the lost and the least in the community we are serving in order to grow the Church in that area. We seek relationships with people who have suffered from a marring of their true identity and purpose. This includes the widowed, the orphaned, the vulnerable, the exploited, the sick and the poor. We reach people through local outreaches and service projects.

We believe that when an individual is restored to their God-given identity and vocation, the injustices they have been experiencing through poverty are eradicated. We train and equip the body of believers through the teaching of the Word of God, prayer and worship, fellowship, small groups and Bible studies, 1-on-1 relationships, and our Immersion Internship Program.

We recognize that community development is a critical part of the spiritual formation and discipleship process of the Church. As the Church learns to obey and respond to what they are seeing, community development projects begin to emerge. Communities are restored when the Church fights for justice. The Church was intended to be the physical representation of Christ’s body on earth. It is the responsibility of the local Church to respond to injustice faced within the community.

As we take time to assess the needs of communities that are closest to us, relationships are being formed and transformation is happening as we lead with the gospel.

Anita is a beautiful example of what can happen when relationships are formed in the midst of profound suffering. This is hope. Read Anita’s story here.

Micah Kephart is the Founder & CEO of Poetice International.