Community Central creates space for those who may not be comfortable in traditional representations of the Body of Christ. We will be a shelter for "the one," loving them and growing them into maturity until they are ready to rejoin "the ninety-nine."
"If a man owns 100 sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the 99 on the hills and go and look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will be happier about that one sheep than about the 99 that did not wander off.” (Matthew 18:12-13)
By creating a safe, relationship-focused environment, we seek to:
- Be a voice for the neglected and disenfranchised in our community, who for various reasons have not been given a chance to fit in
- Initiate and maintain conversations about the invisible barriers that keep people separated, such as differences in race, culture, personal beliefs or socio-economic status
- Empower those who come through our doors by offering community workshops that teach practical and interpersonal skills
- Establish consistent connections between the community and local entities—government, schools, churches, etc.—such that the needs and ideas of the community are central, and the various entities contribute toward novel solutions from a posture of listening and learning
Community Central was born out of 25 years operating as Open Door Youth Center, where we learned that the breakdown of communities can be halted—even reversed.
Over the past decade, we have had hundreds of current and former attendees tell us, “This place is the reason I didn’t follow in the destructive footsteps of my parents and siblings; it’s why I never got sucked into drugs. This place is what got me through the hardest years of my life. This place is why I finished high school and went to college, why I have a job, why today I can contribute to society. This place kept me on a right path, taught me God’s truth, and gave me the life skills I needed.”
The relationships that develop between the staff and the community will open doors for questions relating to spiritual things and hopefully break down barriers and build trust on both sides.
The Board of Directors is responsible for setting policy and the governance of the organization. We are currently looking for more board members. Please contact Joey if you feel God calling you to this ministry.
Lynda Wolfe (President)
Zion Lutheran Church
Stumptown Mennonite Church
vacancy (Vice President)
Katharine Rodriguez (Secretary)