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Local Non-Profits and Their Annual Fundraisers – 2014 Edition

April 08, 2014 Category: Uncategorized

Compassion Coalition has a calendar of non-profit fundraisers on the website. With local non-profit fundraiser information in the same place, organizations can use this calendar to avoid scheduling on the same day. If you would like us to put your fundraiser date on our calendar, please send the date, location, and time to Jessica@compassioncoalition.org.

The calendar can be viewed here: http://www.compassioncoalition.org/community-partner-fundraisers

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World

November 25, 2013 Category: Uncategorized

Taking Applications Now!

We are currently collecting applications for the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World classes to be held in 2014. Each 16-session class will meet for 2 hours, and both a meal or snacks and child care are provided. Transportation assistance is available, and participants, known as Investigators, will be expected to explore information that is relevant to their lives and provide valuable information to our community. The Investigators are compensated for their time, participation, and information. In partnership with a variety of entities planning to hold the Getting Ahead classes, we will offer them in a variety of locations in our community. Between now and the end of this year we are fast at work planning out all of the details. As soon as we have them, we will share them with you.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for an upcoming Getting Ahead class, please fill out the Getting Ahead Application and return it in to us. We will contact each applicant to come in for an interview.

Our first Getting Ahead class graduated on November 3, 2013, and we couldn’t be prouder of our class of 7, pictured here:

One of our graduates reports that since class, he’s opened a savings account and is working more hours at his job, where he’s also received a raise. Another graduate is building her spiritual resources and working hard to transform her dream into a plan of opening her own non-profit. And another graduate has gone back to school!

Download ‘Seek the Peace of the City’ E-Book Here

April 30, 2013 Category: Uncategorized

Doug Banister Gives Away His New E-Book to Knoxville

Compassion Coalition hosted luncheon featuring Seek the Peace of the City: Ten Ways to Bless the Place Where You Live

Seek The Peace of the City: Ten Ways to Bless the Place Where You Live

Doug Banister, pastor of All Souls Church, was the feature speaker at the Compassion Coalition Salt & Light Community Luncheon on Thursday, April 25th at Messiah Lutheran Church. At that time, Banister discussed his new e-book Seek the Peace of the City: Ten Ways to Bless the Place Where You Live, which is available for free to you and the entire community!

For the past 15 years, God has been revealing to Doug Banister, Pastor of All Souls Church, how God’s people can love and serve their city. During those 15 years, Doug says,

“Slowly it dawned on me. God had put me in my own city to seek its peace… I began praying a dangerous prayer: God, what does it mean for me to seek the peace of my city?”

After months of research and lots of interviews, in the fall of 2012 Doug preached a ten-part sermon series on Jeremiah 29:7. His new e-book, Seek the Peace of the City: Ten Ways to Bless the Place Where You Live grew out of those sermons and explores the different ways that we can better love and serve Knoxville.

In the prologue of his e-book, Doug says,

“I believe every Christian in our community is called by God to seek the peace of our city. I believe this calling applies to you no matter where you live in our community. It’s not enough to care only about our little corner of the city. We need to care about every neighbor in our city, specifically those who experience shalom the least. We don’t all need to move to an at-risk neighborhood, volunteer at an inner city non-profit, or attend an inner city church, but we do need to care about those who suffer a few miles from our doorstep. We don’t need to stop taking mission trips to cities thousands of miles away, but we do need to pay attention to the weak and vulnerable right here at home.”

Download your own copy and explore what it means to seek the peace of our city.

Seek The Peace of the City: Ten Ways to Bless the Place Where You Live


Following are quotes from Banister’s book:

“Cities are like people. They have their own stories, and Knoxville is no exception. Sometimes people try to help our city without letting her tell her story first, and this usually does not work out too well. Before we seek the peace of the city, we need to listen to our city’s story. ” pp 21

People in shalom-deprived neighborhoods are weary of drive-by compassion. They are tired of feeling like somebody’s project.” pp 56

“In recent years, I have come to believe that event-driven compassion ministry is not the best way to bring shalom to the city. In fact, I think it often does more harm than good. One-time projects, heavily funded by wealthy suburban churches, disempower and disrespect the churches and people they aim to help. Whenever we do something for a struggling neighbor that we could have done with them, we have not helped them, no matter how sincere our intentions. What at-risk neighborhoods need are people who are willing to commit to a long-term, relational presence in the neighborhood. Practicing presence means listening. Practicing presence means waiting. Practicing presence means watching and joining in with whatever God is already doing in the neighborhood. It’s slow and messy, and you usually don’t take home a t-shirt.” pp 57