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The Good News of the Kingdom: Restoration & Development - A Kingdom Approach to Transforming Communities with Noel Castellanos

Noel Castellanos

Restoration & Development

Jeremiah 29:4-7
This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:4-7 NLT)

Nehemiah 2:4

4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

Key Lessons:

  • Restoration & Development is Kingdom ministry
  • Loving our neighbours and our neighbourhood are both essential - Neglected and unhealthy places matter to God
  • Development without incarnation leads to gentrification
  • Nehemiah provides us with an important example of a leader called to restore and develop an unhealthy community

- Key lessons from Nehemiah:
1.A new God-given burden for restoring communities
2.A new leadership approach
3.A new partnership between Ezra leaders & Nehemiah leaders 4.A new Occupy Movement (Re-Neighbouring Strategy)

Components of CCD:

  • Relocation (Re-Neighbouring)
  • Redistribution (ReInvesting)
  • Leadership Development
  • Church Based
  • Empowerment
  • Wholistic