Don't Miss 'Circles' Orientation and Training, Oct. 17-18

September 27, 2012

Circles Breaks the Poverty Cycle!

First United Methodist Church of Carson City (Nevada) joined the Circles program three years ago, as one of the first pilot programs in the country. This congregation, largely made up of middle class people, no longer just does things for the poor, but the people actually befriend and walk with poor families in their struggle to break the cycle of poverty.
The Circles approach, which depends on allying church folks with poor families over a two-to-three-year period, is proving to be one of the most effective approaches to ending poverty.
Ministry with the poor is one of four current United Methodist Church "Areas of Focus," or priorities. The General Conference and the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church are promoting Circles as a key future direction for churches to be engaged with the poor in their communities.
Learn how this system works and how your congregation can introduce Circles into your community, at a Circles Orientation and Training, Wed.-Thur. Oct. 17-18, at FUMC of Carson City, Nevada, sponsored by the California-Nevada Annual Conference Committee on Children and Poverty.
Walking in Solidarity with the Poor: A Hand up, Not a Hand-out
The Circles approach involves congregations in joining with others in the community to walk with the poor in an effective journey out of poverty.
Most churches provide assistance for poor hardworking families, but fewer actually befriend and walk with the poor. Using Circles, your congregation can provide life-skill training, networks, relationships, and mutual problem solving to break the cycle of generational poverty.
Hands-on Training
The Oct. 17-18 training utilizes a hands-on approach, allowing participants to join in the weekly Circles meeting. They will meet "Circle Leaders," hardworking poor families, and hear their stories about how they are moving out of poverty. Participants also will meet "allies," who work with these families to unblock situations keeping them from their goals.
Local training facilitators and board members of the Capital City Circles Initiative will share their roles in the process, and the National Training Director of the Circles National Campaign will explain how congregations can initiate Circles in their community. Annual Conference representatives will be there, as well, to offer assistance and guidance.
Please notify the Rev. Rob Jennings-Teats, pastor of First UMC of Carson City, by Oct. 10 if you plan to attend.
Find out more! Download these materials:
Letter from the Rev. Rob Jennings-Teats (pastor of FUMC Carson City)