Helping Our Community Flourish

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ONE BODY HELPS OUR COMMUNITY FLOURISH

Seek peace and prosperity of the city to which I’ve called you, for if it prospers you too will prosper.  - Jeremiah 29:7

One Body Collaboratives is built on the concept of collaboration and has an original mission to unite the Christian Churches to collaboratively work together. We believe that the united and equipped church, working together, can solve almost any problem. Churches that are transforming communities don’t divide over differences but unite with other churches and community service organizations (faith based or not) around their common love for the community.  We can unite and work together with other churches and groups in our communities not because we share the same theology but because we care about the same things.

No one church can bring city transformation on its own,
but together we can. Imagine the impact we could
have if we knew each other and worked together. What would
our community look like if the kingdom of God really took shape here?
 

Community Flourishing Prayer
God, today I pray for my city. I believe you have planted me in this community on purpose. I pray your Holy Spirit would continually remind me to speak life and blessing over my city. May we walk in unity and love for one another. Please use me to be a part of solutions to problems. Help me have a selfless heart and generous hands.  Show me opportunities to give back because I believe as I bless my city, we will flourish!

 

Helping Our Community Flourish

Annual Focus Area
We will work collaboratively to move the needle on specific issues. 
What are the issues in our community you are passionate about? In 2022 and beyond, One Body Collaboratives will take a focused approach to the areas of concern in our community identified in our Faith Leaders Strategy Session held September 9th.

Faith leaders across the community see the needs and struggles of their congregations on a daily basis and are the key to helping us determine our annual focus area. We recognize that for us to help foster transformation, we have to listen first before we act. To do this, we will have a three-step process.

CONNECT: Connect faith leaders and work with them to identify the needs in their neighborhoods that are simply too large to tackle on their own.

INSPIRE: Provide research and connect them with resources and partners to address those needs.

ENGAGE: Equip and mobilize churches to take action together. 

Collaborative Networks
We will develop networks of leaders to better connect our community. While each one of us is unique, we are ultimately one in Christ.  Relational unity leads to operational unity, which is why our foundation is built on a geographic and issue-specific networks of Faith leaders.  We will begin with a Pastor Advisory Network which will consist of senior church leaders because connecting the Body of Christ in the Rockford area must start there.

RELATIONSHIPS: Building relationships that bridge divides of denomination, race, generation, and anything else that unnecessarily keeps us from working together.

LEARNING & PRAYER: Learn about, discuss and pray for the needs of the region.

COLLABORATION: Once trust is built, collaboration can begin to work on the mission to transform our city.

Events
One Body Collaboratives will host a variety of gatherings and events throughout the year that connect and equip leaders for collaborative action on specific issues.

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Simply put, we are better together.

Additional Ways to Support our Effort
Pastor Advisory Network: If you are a Senior Pastor, we ask for you to prayerfully consider joining our Pastor Advisory Network, which will act as our advisory board for this initiative.

Pray: Please continue to pray for this effort as we work together to help our community flourish.

For more information, please contact Mary Cacioppi,Executive Director, One Body Collaboratives:Email: Mary.Cacioppi@OneBodyCollaboratives.org; Direct Line: 815-985-1311

One Body Collaboratives Office: 815-979-4377;PO Box 1633, Rockford, IL 61110

Resources: 
Community Flourishing Summary Report