At Unite we prioritize genuine relationships, diversity, and shared decision-making within local communities.
What Makes Us Different
The Unite Community Flourishing Model
The Unite Flourishing Model combines best practices from 3 distinct Community Engagement/Development models that have been proven over time to produce results. We believe that the combination of them can accomplish something far greater within communities than the best practices of any one model.
City Gospel Movements (CGM)
City Gospel Movements (CGM): This model rests on the belief that churches working together across the city create tremendous transformation for the good of a city.
Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)
This model seeks to be informed and driven by the community in a particular geographic area. ABCD assumes there are beautiful gifts that exist within the community. It takes a holistic approach – building on the things that are beautiful and strong, and addressing the root causes that create vulnerability. It seeks to bring real repair so that the vulnerabilities no longer exist.
Collective Impact Model (CIM)
This model encourages collaboration with organizations and individuals from all sectors of a community to multiply impact. The particulars of this approach is in the way collaboration is done: The various organizations agree on a common agenda, develop shared measurements and commit to providing mutually reinforcing activities. This kind of work requires a backbone organization that provides continuous communication, collects data and beautifully coordinates the different parts.
Deeply Know Others
Cultivating deep relationships is the foundation for authentic community and lasting change. We see all people as valuable in who they are more than what they do, and we strive to bring about growth, healing, and redemption.
Collaborating means humbly partnering to share what we have, join in the work of others, and learn from the experienced. We believe we are stronger and better together – unifying across racial lines, denominations, and sectors– to pursue the flourishing of the city.
Flourishing is the holistic thriving of the city at all levels – from individuals to neighborhoods, all the way to the largest institutions, like the halls of government. Rooted in the Biblical vision of Shalom, Flourishing work demands the pursuit of individual and communal equity for all – showing particular concern for the vulnerable and the oppressed.
Our 360 Flourishing Courses introduce individuals and organizations to the Unite Community Flourishing Model.
We’re equipping pastors, leaders and neighbors in local communities to wrestle through important questions like:
What does it mean to deeply know my neighbors?
How might I work with other organizations for maximum impact?
How do I mobilize my congregation in meaningful ways?