What is Flourish?
Flourish is a collaborative partner in ministry – carrying Schweitzer’s DNA of working with the community for the common good. Schweitzer is helping launch this new community development corporation in 2021.
Flourish will endeavor to reach new people and new places, coming alongside and working in such a way that those who encounter it will declare, we love our lives, our neighborhood, our neighbors!
The work of Flourish is summarized in its Mission: Following Jesus Christ, Flourish STANDS with neighbors in need, pursues HEALING through relationships of reconciliation, and INVESTS in economic and leadership development.
Hear from Jim Mason as he shares the heart and history behind the Flourish.
If you have more questions, contact Jason Leininger.
GIVING TO FLOURISH
As we support the launch of Flourish, we are asking people to give toward Flourish as part of the Christmas offering or a year-end special gift. You can do this by giving through the Schweitzer Giving App or the website. When giving, select the dropdown: Christmas Offering/Flourish.
Ministries & Programs under Flourish
• Food Pantry
- Retail & wholesale
• More Neighborhood Gardens
• Life Change Plan
• Jobs for Life
• Faith & Finances
• Coach House Ministry
• Leadership Development
• SGF Urban
What is a Community Development Corporation?
A Community Development Corporation is a Non-profit corporation that is focused on investing in and supporting positive personal and community change. CDCs are often located in impoverished urban and rural communities. The work of CDCs can vary significantly because they take their cues for renewal efforts from the community. A typical CDC’s work may include: housing, pre-schools, job training, health facilities, employment opportunities, small business incubators, grocery store operators, and more.
Why are we starting Flourish?
Being mindful that the Lord has guided and granted success in several ministries we have designated Community Impact, we believe it is time to take a next step and commission these ministries under a new entity that will extend God’s ministry and mission beyond the walls of Schweitzer.
Flourish is a collaborative partner in ministry; carrying Schweitzer’s DNA of working with the community for the common good.
Flourish operate on the Schweitzer campus and beyond, endeavoring to reach new people and new places, coming alongside and working in such a way that those who encounter it will declare, we love our lives, our neighborhood, our neighbors!
WHERE Will Flourish Be LOCATED?
As Schweitzer partners with Flourish to help launch this organization, many of the classes will continue to meet on use the Schweitzer facilities.
The Food Pantry will be renamed the Schweitzer Food Pantry with hopes of expanding to other locations in the future.
WHAT MINISTRIES WILL BE PART OF FLOURISH?
The following ministries will transition to Flourish.
• The Food Pantry
• Jobs For Life
• Faith & Finances
• The Life Change Plan
• The Coach House
• SGF Urban
We anticipate that Flourish, with Schweitzer and other partners, will create new ministries that contribute to the fulfilling of its mission.