Sam Wells and John McKnight

‘Living God’s Future Now’ describes a series of online seminars, discussions and presentations hosted by HeartEdge. They are designed to equip, encourage and energise church leaders, laypeople and enquirers alike, in areas such as preaching, growing a church, shifting online, deepening spirituality in a congregation and responding to social need. The focal event in ‘Living God’s Future Now’ is a monthly conversation in which Sam Wells explores what it means to improvise on God’s kingdom with a leading theologian or practitioner.

The focal event in 'Living God's future now' is a monthly conversation in which Sam Wells explores what it means to improvise on God’s kingdom with a leading theologian or practitioner.

The second of these conversations will be at 6.00 pm on Thursday 11 June with John McKnight. To receive a zoom invite email Ben Sheridan at ben.sheridan@smitf.org.

ABCD stands for Asset-Based Community Development and it refers to a type of community development based on the work of Professors John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann. 

ABCD challenges the traditional deficit-based approach that tries to solve urban and rural development problems by focusing on the needs and deficiencies of individuals, neighbourhoods, towns, villages, etc. ABCD demonstrates that local assets (people, physical assets etc.) and individual strengths are key to ensure sustainable community development, and that people have a life of their own choosing.

John McKnight is the author of: 'The Careless Society: Community and its Counterfeits', a classic critique of professionalized social services and a celebration of communities’ ability to heal themselves from within; 'The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods' with Peter Block, an exploration of the riches in neighborhoods and small towns; and 'An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture' with Peter Block and Walter Brueggemann, an exploration of the nature of community life outside the consumer society.

The first of these Living God's Future Now dialogues was with Walter Brueggemann and can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/506026059544325/videos/561911944690976/