The Field Guide to Transformation (FG2T) is a tool intended to help people of faith, particularly congregations, rethink their relationship to their local community’s economic and civic ecosystem. It is intended to help people of faith understand how to get involved in addressing economic disparity right where they are.
Field Guide to Transformation
An ideal resource for your congregation
Neighborhood Economics was launched by Tim Soerens, Kevin Jones, and Rosa Lee Harden in 2014. Alongside Peter Block in Cincinnati, they used David Erickson’s concept of the centrality of the role of the “community quarterbacks” (or system entrepreneur as it has come to be called ) to inform their work. The Neighborhood Economics team developed and began to use this process to help groups who wanted to engage in transformative work in their neighborhoods. Ultimately, they created this tool, the FG2T.
About the same time, Faith+Finance began to work with congregations that want to get involved in economic justice in their neighborhoods. But the FG2T was not originally written with a theological lens or for people of faith.
These two streams then began to flow together and were supported by a grant from Trinity Wall Street to produce this FG2T: Taking Seriously Your Congregation’s Role in Local Economic Justice.
This tool is built on deep theological principles:
- that the message of the common table is that we should be working for the common good
- caring for the least of these
- connecting the “why” for your church to the local “what”
- how economic justice is at the heart of the gospel
- whether we are prepared to be the samaritan in a world that walks on by
We are now ready to work with groups to use this tool, the FG2T, to identify projects in the neighborhoods around their congregation that will make the gospel come alive. We have tested this with some groups already, and now we are looking for a few congregations to engage in deep work together, forming the first official cohort using this new tool.
This cohort will launch in early October of 2022 and meet online every other week through the spring of 2023. Our work together will include the following:
- 2-hour cohort meetings every other week
- 30-minute check-ins weekly
- Robust curriculum designed by Faith+Finance
- Additional individual consultations with Kevin Jones (or other F+F principal of your choosing) for each participating congregation
Congregations that participate will reap the following benefits:
- Deep understanding of how traditional entrepreneurial programs that benefit communities of need work
- Access to a deeper knowledge of funding models for congregations and other non-profits
- Application of those ideas and principles to faith-based organizations
- A community of colleagues who are on similar paths
- Connections to traditional entrepreneurs (through connections at Neighborhood Economics and through SOCAP) and funders
- Access to the principal facilitator of this cohort, Kevin Jones, the chief architect of this model, including one-on-one time for each participant
- Introductions to potential mentors as they emerge
We are looking for a minimum of six congregations to participate. The price for this exciting work is $3000 per congregation. Each congregation is being asked to consider their budgets and propose what portion of that they feel able to pay. No congregation that is ready to do this work will be excluded because of lack of funds.
We expect this cohort to fill quickly, given the interest we have already seen. If you are interested or have questions about participating, please complete the form below to submit an initial inquiry.early