Cherishing the Discarded - Cass Community UMC on Transformational Ministries

Check out the newest post in our Transformational Ministries blog series, a profile of Cass Community UMC in Detroit, Michigan! Transformational Ministries lifts up stories, testimonies and best practices of Transformational Ministries--living examples of ministry with and alongside the poor and dispossessed. 

How can your church or ministry learn from Cass UMC's vibrant Ministry with the Poor and apply its lessons to your own context? Read the excerpt below to learn more about Cass, and click here to read the rest!


Detroit, Michigan is a post-industrial city, whose images of urban decay and weeds breaking through the cracks in mid-century infrastructure are well known. But those pictures rarely show the folks who still live in inner city Detroit, who are making a way for themselves in a place that sometimes seems abandoned by those with power and privilege.

Cass Community UMC and Cass Community Social Services fight poverty and foster dignity and self-sufficiency in Detroit in large measure by helping to cultivate opportunity. Cass’ model differs from the traditional church anti-poverty ministry, in that it is a holistic approach that emphasizes using community resources, volunteers, and skills to provide food, housing, and healthcare and to create jobs for those who are chronically underemployed . . .

Read the rest here!


Nicholas Laccetti and Mary Ellen Kris

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. Since May 2010 Mary Ellen Kris has been under contract with Global Ministries to support, interpret and promote the Ministry with the Poor Area of Focus of the United Methodist Church, collaborating with others throughout the UMC who are seeking to transform how the church and its members understand and relate to poverty.

About This Blog

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.


  1. mission
  2. children
  3. Mutuality
  4. us and them
  5. Race
  6. Power
  7. self and other
  8. hospitality
  9. Family
  10. Listening
  11. Neighbors
  12. Jobs
  13. poverty rate
  14. worship
  15. Civil Rights
  16. stereotyping
  17. Policy
  18. Wesley
  19. Education
  20. unemployment
  21. Food Security
  22. Minorities
  23. Leaders
  24. Training
  25. Theology