WE SEEK JESUS TOGETHER BY LIVING AND SERVING AMONG THE URBAN POOR.
WHO WE ARE
Servant Partners sends teams to inner-city and slum communities to share their lives with the urban poor, while living out the Gospel among their neighbors. Field teams partner with indigenous churches whenever possible, and where there are none, plant them. Teams work at the grass-roots and systemic levels to address the spiritual and physical needs of the communities we serve. Instead of creating a permanent Servant Partners presence, we evangelize, train, and empower people to transform their own communities in ways that will continue long after
we are gone.
Servant Partners' Learning and Collaboration Department equips our staff and local leaders for holistic ministry in their urban communities. We build the ministry and leadership capacity of individuals, churches, and community organizations. As we seek to facilitate the growth and development of nation-wide/region-wide urban poor movements, we empower national leaders to develop self-sustaining movements through prayer, mutual learning, and strategic consultation as they seek transformation in their own cities,
nations, and regions.
Servant Partners Interns live, serve, and learn in urban poor communities worldwide. Interns gain a foundation of training and experience that prepares them for lives of service to and advocacy for the urban poor. A majority of internship graduates continue to directly serve the urban poor either with Servant Partners or other organizations. Our vision is that all of our internship alumni, regardless of career path, will influence the church at large to take action to live out God’s heart for the urban poor.
OUR CORE VALUES
JOY IN GOD
"For the joy set before him..." Hebrews 12:2
"The Word became flesh and lived among us." John 1:14
"I the LORD love justice." Isaiah 61:8
"The last will be first, and the first will be last." Matthew 20:16
"Go and make disciples of all nations." Matthew 28:19
"Seek the peace and prosperity of the city I've sent you." Jeremiah 29:7
WE CREATE CHURCHES THAT TRANSFORM THEIR URBAN POOR COMMUNITIES.
WHAT WE DO
Over the past century hundreds of millions of rural poor people have migrated to the world’s cities in search of a better life. Few find it.
Today over one billion people live in desperate conditions in urban slums and squatter settlements, frequently without the basic necessities of life, much less the freedom and joy of the good news of Jesus.
One out of every eight people in the world today lives in an urban slum, with very few churches among them.
Establish churches that flow from the organic life of the local Christian community
Gather & equip leaders to identify assets & resources that meet local needs
Partner with & work under indigenous leaders toward kingdom transformation
Build strong relationships that proclaim the Good News & develop life-long followers of Jesus
Encourage creative & practical strategies that address local needs in a contextual & sustainable way
We use church planting and community organizing to transform urban poor communities.
THE NINE SIGNS
of a transforming community
What are some markers of an urban poor community changing in positive, sustainable ways?
We have learned to look for and work toward these nine signs in our international work:
Wealth at the Bottom
Breakthrough to Freedom
Health for All
Systems that Work
Beauty and Creativity
Reproducing, Transformational Communities of Jesus-Followers
A transforming community has many groups of people who are worshipping Jesus, studying the Word, serving one another, praying, inviting others into relationship with Jesus, discipling others, developing leaders, becoming change agents in their own community, and planting new communities that do the same.
People are freed from the mentality that they are powerless and insignificant in the world. This reinforces the fact that all healthy transformation is inspired and sustained by God's power at work.
WE ARE WITH OVER ONE BILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN THE WORLD'S URBAN SLUMS & INNER CITIES.