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December 2004
Connecting Leaders. Changing Lives. Transforming Cities.
President's Message
2-3 Training Institute

4 Newly Accredited Members
5 Communications Toolkit
6 Get Federal Funding

6 "Reveal Project"

7 Street Saints
8 Upcoming Events
8 Member Book Discount

Leadership Foundations of America
is a national network of local faith-
based organizations that mobilize
leaders from all walks of life to
tackle our cities\u2019 biggest problems.

I was privileged to speak at our Twin Cities training event in
September. I decided to once again \u201copen the hood\u201d of our
calling as an LFA movement. To gain better perspective as to
where we fit in the scheme of Holy History I read again many
of the writings of Sam Shoemaker, the Episcopal priest whose
vision and ideas were formative in my life and understanding
of the Kingdom. I especially focused on a book he wrote in
1960 called \u201cWith The Holy Spirit and With Fire.\u201d

God so loved the world that he gave us Jesus. Jesus so loved
us He sent us His Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is to
birth Christ in people and to form from these \u201cnew births\u201d a
new community which began at Pentecost. The church is the
creation of the Holy Spirit placed in time, space, and location
to carry out the work of Christ in building His Kingdom
powered by the Holy Spirit. For two thousand years, the Holy
Spirit has been a constant force . . . a fire that moves
inevitably to the conservation of history . . . He will provoke
the return of Jesus so that Jesus can hand back the Kingdom
to the Father (I Cor. 15:24-28).

The challenge in every generation of the church is how to get
into the stream of the Holy Spirit so that the Kingdom of
Christ is demonstrated in all its fullness on earth as it is in
Heaven. Sam argues quite convincingly that religion provides

more of a blockage to the Holy Spirit
than a gateway into that powerful force.
There seems to be in the logic of
spiritual vitality a hardening of the
arteries, especially after there has been

a significant breakthrough. This

diminished spiritual vigor is
characterized by increasing theological
and organizational rigidity and the fate of
the Holy Spirit is in the hands of
theologians and religious gatekeepers who tend to think as
Dorothy Sayers said, \u201cWrap the claws of the lion of Judah and
certify Him as meek and mild, a pale curate for pious old
folks.\u201d Obviously the Holy Spirit has always been
troublesome and disturbing because He has seemed unruly,
radical, and unpredictable. This is why there is the tendency
to tether Him in importance by taking the disturber under our
patronage and emasculating Him through redefinition and


In order for us to experience a new reformation empowered
by this same Holy Spirit through His same church, Sam
argues that we need a new humility that connects the plague
of man to the power of God. He calls for us to become ad-
mitted addicts to our own egos . . . understanding that we are

See "President," p. 3
LFA President
Reid Carpenter
LFA Members and Seeker Cities Receive Practical Tools and Inspiration at Training Institute

Members and ministry partners gathered in Minneapolis
Sept. 9-11 for Leadership Foundations of America\u2019s
Training Institute. Urban Ventures, Kingdom Oil, and the
Wilder Foundation hosted this year\u2019s event at the
Minneapolis Radisson Plaza Hotel.

The Institute provided participants with spiritual insights,
practical information for growing the work of a local
leadership foundation, inspiring examples of the
successes of several leadership foundations, and
fellowship with others working to meeting the physical
and spiritual needs of America\u2019s cities.

This year\u2019s Institute had many
highlights for conference attendees:

The Institute kicked off on Thursday
evening with dinner that included a
presentation by LFA President Reid
Carpenter that provided insights into
the spiritual roots of the leadership

foundations movement. Carpenter

challenged local leadership
foundations to \u201cswell the tide of the
church [so that it will] spill over to the shores of our city.\u201d
He also encouraged attendees to remain grounded in the
love of Christ as they continue to practically help the cities
we serve.

Thursday evening also included powerful entertainment
from Gospel singer Robert Robinson and singer and
pianist Dick Lowey.

Friday\u2019s activities began with morning
devotions lead by Pastor Efrem Smith
of the Sanctuary Covenant Church in
Minneapolis. The morning session
provided glimpses into the work of
three LFA member organizations
through presentations by Kurt Madden
of One by One Leadership (Fresno,

Calif.), Jannah Scott
of The Collaboration
for a New Century
(Phoenix), and
Howard Eddings of
the Memphis

(Memphis, Tenn.).

Institute participants
spent the afternoon
in workshops offering practical information about
developing a board of directors, building capacity within a
local leadership foundation, and tips for connecting a
diverse group of leaders within a city. The Institute
offered workshops for start-up leadership foundations as
well as more mature foundations. Workshops featured
such topics as The Fanny Mae Initiative, Capacity Building,
and Financial Reporting.

Many Institute attendees had great things to say about
the LFA 101 session lead by LFA Vice President Bud Ipema
and Wally Martinson of the Nehemiah Foundation.
According to one workshop participant, Ipema\u2019s session
provided a \u201cno nonsense, tough love approach with quiet
tones.\u201d Another participant favorite was the Building Your
Funding Base workshop led by Reid Carpenter and Dr.
Anthony Diekema, a consultant to LFA and president
emeritus of Calvin College.

At Friday\u2019s lunch session, Bobby Polito, Director of the
Center for Faith-Based Initiatives at the
U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, shared ideas for pursuing

government funding. Polito provided each Institute attendee with a custom guidebook on Federal grant

opportunities. (For more information
on Mr. Polito\u2019s presentation, see p. 6).

LFA board member H. Spees and
LFA President Reid Carpenter ask
God's blessing on the Institute

Christian rapper
Xcross at Urban
Institute participants get a behind-the-scenes
look at the ministry of Urban Ventures

Friday evening brought Institute attendees to a site
dedication and ministry tour at Urban Ventures Leadership
Foundation. The dedication was also attended by local
civic leaders and donors to the future Colin Powell Youth
Leadership Center.

Following the
dedication, Urban
Ventures took Institute
attendees on a tour of
their facilities
including a men\u2019s
center, food pantry,

learning lab, and
ministry center. After an on-site dinner prepared in Urban
Ventures\u2019 state of the art kitchen, Urban Ventures provided
an overview of some of the work it is engaged in within the
Minneapolis community. Guests were welcomed by Urban
Ventures President Art Erickson, who talked about the
disintegration of community in our cities and challenged
leadership foundations to address this \u201cuntangling\u201d and
examine how we might work together to \u201cre-weave\u201d the
fabric of our communities. The evening included
presentations by several of Urban Ventures ministry
leaders as well as a presentation by a local board member.
One of the high points of the evening was a rousing
performance from Christian rap artist Xross.

Many attendees noted that their favorite part of the
Institute was the opportunity to network together and
share their experiences in
growing a leadership
foundation. For many

attendees who are not yet
members of Leadership
Foundations of America or who
recently joined our movement,
the opportunity to participate
in the Institute was particularly
valuable. According to one participant, \u201cconnections with
peers provided information, inspiration, and hope.\u201d

One of the most important parts of the three-day Training
Institute was the opportunity for attendees to take part in
rich times of prayer and praise. At the final group session
on Saturday morning, Fr. Kevin McDonough of the
Minneapolis Archdiocese challenged Christians, and
suburban Christians in particular, to engage with
persistence in our nation\u2019s urban centers.

Institute participants recommended that future LFA
Training Institutes maintain this year\u2019s mix of practical
training and inspiring, Biblically-based presentations.
Several attendees noted that the event could be improved
with the addition of more unstructured time and shorter

LFA offers its thanks to all who attended this year\u2019s
Training Institute. We are looking forward to continuing to
serve our members in 2005!

Food and fellowship at the
Training Institute
Institute participants gather for prayer
PRESIDENTcont. from p.1

I suggest that LFA be a catalyst to see the Church become a fellowship of people in recovery . . . connecting in small groups;
taking responsibility for our individual sin by sharing with others honestly but also admitting together that we are powerless
over the corporate addictions that plague our cities; admitting before God and others the exact nature of our incapacity; and
through this portal of powerlessness sliding into the powerful stream of the Holy Spirit whose task it is to bring the Kingdom of
God to our cities and restore us to sobriety and sanity.

powerless over sin and that our individual and corporate lives are indeed unmanageable (on a daily basis). This will lead us into
a process of spiritual recovery, some hallmarks of which are:

Powerlessness vs. powerful
Grace-filled vs. un-graced
Surrender vs. compliance
Fellowship vs. isolation

Honesty vs. pretence
Journey vs. destination
Transformation vs. information

Universal vs. parochial
Personal responsibility vs. scape-goating
Giving it away vs. holding on to it

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