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John Flowers on "Street Smarts for Church Folk"

Seasoned Ministry with the Poor practitioner John Flowers shares a telling anecdote on the importance of street smarts for those engaging in Ministry with the Poor. Through a six pack of beer and a self-described "clueless" announcement to his congregation, John experienced how "street smarts is an essential ingredient for all ministry with the homeless," a lesson he imparts to other UMC churches through his writing and ministry. Read John's blog here.

Rev. John Flowers works in extension ministries, coaching pastors and local churches in ministry with the poor as well as local church revitalization. In addition to coaching, he continues the conversation through Church for Tomorrow. He co-authored three books with his wife, Rev. Karen Vannoy: Not Just a One-Night Stand: Ministry with the Homeless (2009), 10 Temptations of Church: Why Churches Decline and What to Do About It (2012), and Adapt to Thrive (2014).

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Nicholas Laccetti

Nicholas Laccetti is the Ministry with the Poor communicator, based out of the offices of the General Board for Global Ministries in New York City. He received his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in 2015, where he studied the intersections between popular religion, theology, and social change.

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Read and comment on a range of personal reflections and perspectives about poverty and Ministry with the Poor. Our goal is to attract diverse voices and points of view from United Methodists and friends, including people and communities living in conditions of poverty, other experts, religious leaders, community organizers, advocates, policy makers, volunteers, and all engaged in Ministry with the Poor.