Today, we’re excited to announce the 2014 UniteBoston Reps – Coming to a neighborhood near you!
How has God been working in UniteBoston?
Great question! Watch this PrayTV Interview with Kelly Steinhaus, UniteBoston Team Leader to learn more.
What are UniteBoston Reps?
UniteBoston Reps facilitate connection between church and community. Through interviews and church visits, UniteBoston reps establish a presence in the community, conveying the attitude that “we care about what God is doing in your midst and are here to serve you.” UniteBoston Reps are also intentional about researching history and demographics to form a comprehensive understanding of the community. By becoming a learner of neighborhoods, UniteBoston reps find out where God is working and how churches/ministries can collaborate together to further that work.
What do UniteBoston Reps do?
Each month has a particular focus around studying the community, such as observation, research, or interviews. UB Reps meet together monthly to share celebrations and challenges of what they see happening in their communities, as well as get trained for the following month. The UB Reps are a tight-knit community of people who prayerfully seek God’s work in Boston together and how churches are a part of the fabric of the city at large.
Why is this initiative important?
While the UniteBoston newsletter and website are helping to spread awareness of what God is doing throughout the city, we realized that it lacked one key component: relationships. Relationships are the heart of unity. Only relationships can instill understanding and help to remove barriers between churches of diverse cultures, denominations, ages and socioeconomic status. UniteBoston Reps devote their time and energy to building relational connections within one specific neighborhood, which makes uniting the city of Boston more manageable.
What are you hoping to accomplish with UB Reps?
Success as a UniteBoston Rep is to connect two independent churches or individuals for a larger purpose. Like a jigsaw puzzle, each piece only makes sense when it is in relationship with the other pieces. A greater sense of awareness will draw on the collective wisdom of the entire body of Christ. This will also improve each church’s aim to make strategic investments with ministry resources, so we fight the right battles and reduce duplication of efforts.
As relationships and trust are fostered, UniteBoston Reps will help to guide the missional activities of the Church within a specific community. This information will be made public to better aid in our efforts to pray for Boston and strategically mobilize the Christian community to meet the needs of the city.
Who are the 2014 UB Reps?
UB Rep: Coolidge Corner – Lex Carroll
UB Rep: UMass Boston – Amanda Green
UB Rep: Jamaica Plain – Bond Hsu
UB Rep: South End – Ralph Kee
UB Rep: Mattapan – Deneen Levy
UB Rep: Fenway – Betsy Slate
UB Rep: Harvard Square – Kelly Steinhaus
UB Rep: Back Bay – Andrew Walker
How can I get involved?
Email Kelly Steinhaus, UniteBoston Team Leader at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work (Ephesians 4:16)
If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together – African Proverb