In July of 2005, Michael and Erika Philip and Laurie Cook moved to West Coconut Grove in Miami to begin an asset-based community development ministry focused on using a holistic approach to breaking down the cycle of poverty in their at-risk neighborhood. This Urban Resurrection team is training local residents and young people to be a significant catalyst for transformation in their community. They identify and eradicate the roots of socioeconomic decay by holistically empowering local residents to address the spiritual and physical needs of the West Coconut Grove neighborhood.
Central to this is their focus on discipleship and learning to follow Christ together with their neighbors. Seeing Christ develop their neighbors into local leaders and the catalyst for true community transformation is the team’s greatest privilege. They are constantly encouraged and pushed in their own faith as they journey with their courageous friends in the Grove.
To develop an incarnational presence among the poor in Miami, Florida
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STORY: Resurrection Comes in Green
Four years ago the Carter Street Block Club (CSBC), an initiative of Urban Resurrection (InnerCHANGE Miami), decided to tap back into the farming roots of the West Coconut Grove neighborhood in downtown Miami.