From Dream to Reality
By Jason Ancarrow, Central Arkansas Marriage Initiative Team Leader It is easy to get caught up with an idea that presents something we can both chase after and attain. Take for instance the “American Dream”. Though we see many different views on what that would actually look like today, some of the same core longings …
God’s Strategy for Impacting Violence in Little Rock
By Mary Carol Pederson, Vital Families in Schools Team Leader “No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.” Isaiah 60:8 If you are following the news at all, the recent increase in violent crime, shootings, homicides, in …
Meadowcliff Elementary School in Little Rock is located just off south University. The school serves about 250 students. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of those students live at or below the poverty line. Almost half struggle with reading.
A 2020 Review and a Look Ahead
When we were setting New Year’s resolutions in January, who could have imagined we would face a global pandemic, increasing racial and political division, rioting, and violence in the streets of many of our cities. It’s been an unprecedented year. We have had to adjust, pivot, cancel, reschedule, and more. In the midst of fear, anxiety, economic concerns, …
Vital Families in Schools – Churches Spring Into Action as the New School Year Begins
Strong, positive relationships are the foundation for a great partnership. Many churches are investing in forming and growing relationships with those in the schools.
Vital Families in Schools Summit Moves Church-School Partnership Plan Forward
All families regardless of their size, structure, economic status, or ethnic background need encouragement and support–now more than ever. This challenge fueled CityChurch Network and The City Center partnering to host the Vital Families in Schools Summit on July 22nd in Little Rock. Eighteen churches and organizations collaborated to identify key components of an effective church-school partnership model.
An Invitation to the 2020 Little Rock Congregational Study
“We have learned that when congregations serve the community, it creates a culture of service that also leads members to serve in their own places of worship,” In addition Glazier said. “We have learned that growing congregations are significantly more likely to be led by clergy who are engaged in the community.”
Launching the New Vital Families in Schools Initiative
While there are a number of contributing factors, an increasing number of research studies are confirming that families have the greatest impact on student outcomes. Healthy families are vital for a flourishing community, and the Church is God’s plan for developing healthy families. This is the Vital Families in Schools Initiative.
A Call to Hope-Filled Action
We grieve for the family of George Floyd who was unjustly killed by a white police officer while other officers stood by. We grieve with our friends, brothers, and sisters of color who have long endured the injustice of racism that has taken the lives of their sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers. . . . We also grieve for the deep divisions in our country that have left many discouraged that any real change could be possible. Though we grieve, we have hope.