JAC’s vision for 2013 was “Relationships.” We wanted to focus our efforts and energy into creating lasting partnerships within our local community of Englewood instead of spending most of our time shifting from one event or program to another. We wanted to live out our desire to build community through our programs instead of making these programs our end goal.
We also made the crucial decision to focus JAC on three critical areas—Arts, Education and Sports. These were prayerfully selected after speaking to various leaders in the community and learning more about the specific needs that the residents have in order to establish credibility and a presence in Englewood.
In 2013, JAC was able to successfully launch and complete various events and programs that took into consideration both our longitudinal and relationship-focused framework, as well as these three areas of Arts, Education and Sports.
These events and programs included, but were not limited to:
In addition to these programs, JAC also took steps to further connect our church to our local community by:
JAC continued to participate and host various special events throughout 2013 with the purpose of being Jesus’ hands and feet for the least, the last and the lost. These events included:
We continued to support our existing partners who do amazing work with oppressed and marginalized populations by:
JAC also placed a focus this year on fostering development and competency in our volunteers. We wanted to increase our volunteers’ awareness of relevant justice issues and challenge them to action, while also building fellowship and community within our volunteer base. Some ways through which we sought to accomplish this were: