join inhabit for book study with local CCDA chapter

We at Inhabit are excited to invite you to delve deeper into what Christian Community Development is.  With other churches, community leaders, and non-profits we are launching a new Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) local chapter here in Milwaukee. It is a diverse group committed to holistically living out the gospel in our local context. We are people coming together across traditional boundaries in order to see what God can do in our city when we live, work and serve together in Christ.  The first step is learning about the Christian Community Development Association and discovering how the CCDA philosophy can unite us to make lasting change in our community.  


We are holding two sessions devoted to the philosophy of the CCDA based on the book, Making Neighborhoods Whole. Even if you don't have time to read the book, you can still learn a ton by attending one of the following sessions:


Thursday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. (brown bag lunch) at Invisible Reality Ministries, 5324 W Center St.;

Monday, June 19, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Young Life Offices located at 901 E. Wright Street


Here is the link to the book. (We can get you one for $10 too.)

https://www.amazon.com/Making-Neighborhoods-Whole-Christian-Development/dp/0830837566


Please RSVP by emailing Larissa Bogle-Boesiger at larissa@inhabitmke.org

Inhabit Launches Front Porch Ministry


During the summer months on the Northside of Milwaukee, neighbors still do what Northside neighbors did 100 years ago - they sit on the front porch and get to know each other. No one grills or hides in the backyard. Kids play out front and neighbors keep and eye of them. It is a vision of community. It is a metaphor for Biblical neighborliness. That is why we call our new ministry Front Porch. 


The Front Porch gathers, networks and equips Christians who are seeking to live out their calling the central city context of Milwaukee for the long term. Front Porch is for those who have committed to holistically engaging their neighborhoods and who realize that this can't be done alone - we need each other.


Over the next year we will:


  • Gather for prayer, worship and fellowship on a monthly basis (2nd Friday of each month from 7-8:30pm at various homes in the city)
  • Bring a Group of leaders to the Christian Community Development Conference. in Detroit October 4-7, 2017.
  • Offer dynamic cohort groups and book studies on neighboring in the city,
  • Provide resources and mentoring to accomplish your calling in the city context. 


For more info on times and offerings, email our Community Ministry Director, DesAnne Hippe.




Inhabit teams up with local leaders to address vacant and foreclosed homes in Sherman Park

Mary Scott works for Milwaukee Public Schools and is in Inhabit’s 2-year leadership intensive. She is currently working alongside neighbors and local churches to acquire house to rehab in the city.


I recently began working with Milwaukee Rising: an organization that acquires vacant boarded-up houses in Sherman Park, contracts local developers to rebuild, repair, and renovate them, and then sells them to responsible homeowners. Rather than the boarded up vacant houses that invite crime and decrease the value of the neighborhood, our mission is to provide safe and high quality housing to long-term community-oriented residents. Milwaukee Rising also provides low-interest loans to offer the improved homes at a more affordable price. Through this process the neighborhood gains a more valuable property and responsible resident, local developers make a profit, and the community feels a larger sense of ownership in improving the value of their homes. My personal interest in the organization stems from the hope that building a better neighborhood will allow families and children growing up there to feel safe, valued, and empowered to transform our community.


Inhabit Leaders work with local Pastor to rehab blighted building

In June, Pastor Will Davis asked for assistance in his mission to fix up a dilapidated, foreclosed building just four blocks from one of our houses. Inhabit leaders and volunteers were excited to work alongside Pastor Davis and his church members to work on the old 60 year-old building that once served as a synagogue. After years of vacancy the structure was in disrepair. Thieves busted the plumbing, electrical and HVAC – stealing anything worth scrap metal value. As a result, it needed to be completely gutted. Soon, the building will be transformed from a broken eyesore to a place of worship and hope. Pastor Davis has stepped in with a great deal of vision, passion, and care for the neighborhood through this church. Working beside Pastor Davis has been a huge blessing for us as we have witnessed his deep love for the city and his congregation. 

Inhabit Connects with National Church Leadership

The Wesleyan General Conference convened earlier this month in Buffalo, NY. Inhabit’s own Community Ministry Director, Dr. DesAnne Hippe, represented us at the event.

 

The General Conference, which is held only once every four years, chose to bring the theme of renewal into its historical commitment to “embrace biblical justice, racial and economic reconciliation, social solidarity, and compassion” through its “One City” initiative. At the Conference, there was not just an openness, but an eagerness among top denominational leaders to join the work that God is doing in our cities. The “One City” initiative places Inhabit in an ideal position to partner with Wesleyan institutions of higher learning, the multi-ethnic ministry initiative, the Wesleyan Justice Network, and other Wesleyan pastors who are already working in cities across the country as they seek to rise to the renewed commitment to our cities.


Let justice roll

The Inhabit Team headed to Chicago earlier this month for The Justice Conference. For the second year in a row, the windy city hosted this weekend long event that challenges Christians to live in accordance with the Biblical norms of Justice. 


Inhabit’s leaders heard from nationally known authors, speakers and practitioners on a whole range of topics. Education reform, systemic racism, quality housing,  human trafficking and empowering local leadership were just a few of the areas addressed.  


The conference stressed the flourishing of all of God’s people and it often included speakers with opposing perspectives which led to great dialogue and reflection.



(Right: Althea Washington speaks to Author/Speaker/Activist Mark Charles before the Friday conference session.)

Inhabit acquires newest home



Thanks to your generous support, we closed on the property at 2763 N. 50th St. We are so glad that our other deals fell through. This house was exactly what we were looking for and the Lord provided. We are very thankful. We ended up paying less that a quarter of the list price. It is in in really good shape. Check it out.