abandoned building in Cleveland Ohio

Abandoned Housing in Cleveland

Wednesday, October 18th at 7 p.m.

Jim Rokakis

This forum will be presented by the Cleveland Life Institute in the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland.

Admission is free and open to the public

The Cleveland Life Institute will host a forum on the issue of “Abandoned Housing in Cleveland” with guest speaker, Jim Rokakis – former Cuyahoga County Treasurer and current Vice President & Director of Thriving Communities of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy on Wednesday October 18th at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland.

This no-cost event is open to all parties interested in hearing the latest on Cleveland’s vacancy crisis.

With the loss of population, the weakened economy, the housing bust, and foreclosures there are hundreds if not thousands of houses that are in bad shape or sitting empty in the city of Cleveland. Perhaps half of these houses are in bad enough shape that they are beyond saving from demolition. This is a very location driven problem. Some neighborhoods are affected more than others. It is easy to say this is an inner city problem since homes in outer-ring suburbs get purchased, rehabilitated and placed back on the market quickly.

No matter where you live, abandoned homes do affect you. An inner city that looks like a war zone takes a toll on even outer suburbs making them a less desirable place to live. “You might think you’re safe because you live in a suburb like Strongsville, or Chagrin or Brecksville or Bay Village, but the reality is, it’s the loss of value in the city and the inner ring suburbs that has driven property taxes up for people all over the county,” said Jim Rokakis, vice president of the Western Land Reserve Conservancy. “It’s destabilizing these neighborhoods and that destabilization tends to migrate outwards.”

Sun Stand Still

Sun Stand Still

This Class, based on Sun Stand Still is lead by Marty Capers and Wendy Chaney in the Fireside Room. It will be held Sundays at 10:45 a.m.

In Sun Stand Still, Pastor Steven Furtick challenged us to ask God for the impossible—to live, every day, with the same faith in the miraculous that we see in the Bible. In this daily, personal guide Steven leads you deeper into Scripture as you begin to live the life God created and saved us for.

Over the next forty days, you’ll have the opportunity to see what audacious faith can look like in your own life. Through daily scripture readings and teachings, this book will give you the chance to change your perspective on prayer. If you have the ability to ask, God has the ability to act – and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

In this devotional, you will learn daily how to develop your faith, walk in the confidence of Christ, and dare to believe God for the impossible.

Steven FurtickSteven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, NC.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree and is the New York Times Best Selling author of Crash the ChatterboxGreaterSun Stand Still(Un)Qualified, and Seven-Mile Miracle.

 

Kara Painting

An Artist’s Reception for Kara Hungate

Kara HungateThose magnificent paintings you have noticed in our FBC Fairmount Gallery were all produced by FBC mem-ber Kara Hungate, an accomplished artist, and art instructor. Representing several different media Kara has put together an eclectic and interesting show that we think you will greatly enjoy.

Excerpts from Kara’s Artist Statement include the following:

“A Native Clevelander, my interest in art began in childhood and has evolved over the years. Exposure to each new art technique confirmed my interest in art and I realized it was a love worthy of further pursuit.”

“My interest in teaching and my love for children prompted me to pursue a career in art as an artist, educator, and administrator, which I pursued in 1998 in Cleveland.”

“Artistic goals such as creativity, seeking inspiration through imagination, and the free act of expression are important to my own artistic spirit and voice.”

Kara will talk about her craft in this casual setting and will be happy to answer your questions. Please plan to observe her artwork, and to join her for an hour of enlightening conversation.

1:30 PM Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Spahr Center

(A light lunch for $5 per person will be available in Bell Dining Room after the church service)

Managing Our Finances - God's Way

Managing Our Finances God’s Way

Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
September 17th – October 22nd

(7 weeks – 30 min. each class)

Managing Our Finances

Starting this Sunday 9:00- 9:30 a.m. we have an exciting new discipleship class: Our new “Mini” Series – Managing Our Finances God’s Way, a study by Rick Warren. It will be taught by Tony Peebles, MBA – Baldwin-Wallace College.

Did you know there are over 2,350 verses in the Bible about money? Did you know that nearly half of Jesus’ parables are about possessions?

The Bible is packed with wise counsel about your financial life. In fact, Jesus had more to say about money than about heaven and hell combined.

Co-developed with Purpose Driven Ministries and Pastor Rick Warren, this seven-week, video-based, small group study, provides another option for studying biblical financial management in a personal or small group setting.

Topics include:

  • The Big Picture by Rick Warren
  • Dedicate It All to God by Chip Ingram
  • Plan Your Spending by Ron Blue
  • Giving as an Act of Worship by Chip Ingram
  • Saving and Investing by Ron Blue
  • God’s Solution to Debt by Howard Dayton
  • Enjoy What God Has Given You by Chuck Bentley
This is a remarkable opportunity to learn from the best. Please pass the word along and feel free to invite a friend.
The class will meet upstairs in the Judson room.
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kairos Prison Ministry Cookies

Yearly, usually in September, we invite you to help support this ministry in which the impact has been incredible. One example is that there were at least six fights among inmates each month at the Ohio Trumbull County Jail. Now with the influence of Kairos, there has been just one a month. Let’s help support Brian Broadbent along with his team as they lead a Fall retreat at the prison. Delicious home-made cookies have become an important part of each retreat.

Please complete the form below to be added to the mailing list, if you have questions or would like more information.

  • The types of cookies that are needed are Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, and Sugar Cookies should be between 2 and 2-1/2 inches in diameter and not more than 1/2 inch thick.
  • It is very important not to use icing, sugar or any other type of coating on the outside of the cookie. Do not add any kind of fruit or nuts to the cookies.
  • Bag thoroughly cooled cookies in a quart size zip-lock bag, a dozen cookies to a bag.
  • Label each bag with the cookie type inside.
  • Please pray for the individuals that will be eating the cookies you bake.

Red Hots Team Photo

Red Hots Softball

The Red Hots really had some fun and some close games.  Well done team, you are amazing!

We would love to have more FBC fans in the bleachers!

 

We had a great season and were almost league champion, 2018 is when it will happen.

For more information on how you can play next season or for directions to get to the field to cheer on the Red Hots contact Karen through the form below –

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Cleveland Life Institute

Our Leadership Program


Cleveland Life Institute Uniqueness-
Interactive, socially conscience, community active, experiential, practical, and powerful.

light bulbUniquely Designed Education

Successful leaders know their value lies not only in managing teams and running organizations, but in inspiring others, setting purposeful goals, executing strategic visions, and creating cultures of excellence.

Our program is designed to challenge your current perceptions about leadership and the values through interaction in our group both in the classroom as well as making a difference in our community project right here in Cleveland Ohio.

The Executive Education Program

The Cleveland Life Institute is a faith-based residential executive education program that offers the opportunity to think strategically about guiding organizations to be relevant to culture and relational to the community.

In addition to the interaction of the classroom experience, the student will work collaboratively toward solutions to today’s challenges.

The first year consists of lectures, the design of a class project, implementation of that project in the community and a report to the agency on behalf the project was undertaken.  A critique of the project will conclude the term with recommendations on the continuation of the project for the next class or a spin-off of the project.

The lectures would be presented by industry experts under the direction of a facilitating faculty member who would be assigned to the class for the entire semester and would demonstrate how the various lectures pertain to the topic of the semester and the experiential learning project.

The two-semester program “Skills for Social Entrepreneurs” is the first course to be offered by the School.

Skills for Social Entrepreneurs

The program “Skills for Social Entrepreneurs” has five main objectives:

Ethics and values – Students will understand basic ethical principles for business and for working in our community and will demonstrate the ability to integrate values into all processes and to be responsibly engaged with communities.  Students will also examine their own personal values.

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The Social Entrepreneurial Skill Set – Using sophisticated written and oral communication skills and critical thinking skills developed in general education, students will be able to demonstrate competence in each of the following skills essential to entrepreneurship:

  • Opportunity assessment
  • Team building, leadership
  • Negotiation skills
  • Use of basic business skills to further social goals: organization, resource development, planning, growth, management, economic


Cultural, Political, and Social Understanding
—Students will acquire an understanding of social, political, and cultural frameworks, will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to the assessment of issues and problems, and to use this knowledge in making responsible judgments about issues and problems.

Project planning
 — Students will be expected to develop a full understanding of how to create and utilize a project plan that includes sustainability.

Managing and Sustaining an entrepreneurial initiative
 — Students will learn the unique set of skills necessary to guide a project through periods of both growth and decline.

SYLLABUS TOPICS

The Cleveland Life Institute program will be offered over two semesters.   Each semester will be 15 weeks in length, meet one time per week for 3 hours.

Semester One  CLELIFE 1001

Introduction to Management Skills for Social Entrepreneurs
Non-profits, governments, and social entrepreneurs
Project planning – Program development and assessment
Legal issues and structure
Finance: Fundraising, grant writing, and budgeting
Administrative structure
Measuring and managing performance
Leveraging networks and mentors
Final presentations and conclusions
Group Presentation of Social Venture Feasibility Study
Presentation to agency

Semester Two CLELIFE 2001

The Business Plan
Scalability
Sustainability
Final presentations and conclusions
Group Presentation of Social Venture Business Plan and the Project.
Deliver a report to the agency on behalf the project was undertaken
Educational Objectives

Semester One

Social Venture Feasibility Study:

The major deliverable for the course is a social venture feasibility study.  The feasibility study will help students determine whether there is potential in their idea for social impact.  The document’s structure and content will mirror that of a business plan, although the purpose is somewhat different.  A business plan is a tool used, among other reasons, to seek resources or financial support.  In the context of this course, a feasibility study is the precursor for a business plan.

According to Andrew Wolk, author of Business Planning for Enduring Social Impact:

“A good business planning process produces an in-depth understanding of a target social problem that results in identifying opportunities that exist to address it.”

Semester Two

Social Venture Business Plan:

The major deliverables for the course is a business plan based on the project identified and validated in the feasibility study and initiating the project.

According to Wolk, “The final product, a complete business plan, demonstrates a commitment to accountability by including a rigorous measurement system for assessing and improving performance.  It also includes a plan for achieving financial sustainability, which ties funding to results and helps to attract funders …”

Examining the work from Wolk’s Business Planning for Enduring Social Impact.

elevator open to downtownElevator Pitch:

Persuasive and effective communication is an essential skill for any social entrepreneur.  Elevator pitches are how social entrepreneurs present themselves to audiences when time is limited but an opportunity awaits.  They are short, persuasive introductions to an idea or organization.  The class will make a two-minute elevator pitch for the new social venture.

Initiating the Project:

The class will initiate to project that was validated by the feasibility study and around which a business plan was created.

Admissions

Founded with a desire to unite individuals who are passionate about making a difference in our world and to explore their faith in a progressive, interactive environment along with a focus on innovation, the Cleveland Life Institute pursues excellence in our educational experience. It’s unique design of guest lecturers with real-world experience in our community advance the kingdom and quality of life for everyone within our community.

We offer two tracks for our first years:

1) Certificate Program

Leadership Certification is a one-year program that will develop your unique capabilities to make an impact on the world and live a life of purpose and fulfillment. The curriculum covers competencies in self-management, teamwork, leadership and professional skills.

Graduates earn a designation on their transcript recognizing their demonstrated excellence in leadership and organization and community involvement.

  • Requirement – High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • A letter of recommendation for the program.
  • Commitment to the completion of the year.  (This is essential for the interaction of the class and involvement in the project.)
  • Limited enrollment

2) Graduate Level Continue Educational Units (CEU’s)

The Graduate Level CEU’s program is a one-year program accredited by the State of Ohio Department of Higher Educations requirements for CEU’s.  This program is at a high graduate level.  The program provides real-life experiences with personal interaction to offer both a networking quality and real work experience which translates into a wide range of fields and work environments. 

  • Requirements- a College Degree
  • A LETTER OF recommendation for the program.
  • Commitment to the completion of the year. (This is essential for the interaction of the class and involvement in the project.)

(Both the Certificate Program and CEU Program are operational together and meeting the same standards, paying the same tuition and graduation certificates, yet those who qualify for the CEU’s are rewarded with recognized CEU’s.)

Applying to the Program

Applications for the 2017 cohort are being accepted May 1, through August 11, 2017
Submit Your 2017 Cohort Application
Space is limited, please apply as soon as possible.

Campus –

Historic First Baptist Church
3630 Fairmount Blvd. Shaker Heights, OH 44118FBC Level 1 Map

Our Project


 The Educational component of Experiential Education

 “Each day that we live, we’re taking in new information, ideas, concepts, experiences, and sensations. We need to consciously stand guard at the doors of our minds to make sure that whatever we’re allowing to enter will cause our lives to be enriched, that the experiences we pursue will add to our stockpile of possibility.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within

The Power of Experiential Education by Janet Eyler

“Experiential education, which takes students into the community, helps students both to bridge classroom study and life in the world and to transform inert knowledge into knowledge-in-use. It rests on theories of experiential learning, a process whereby the learner interacts with the world and integrates new learning into old constructs.”

The ‘Jesus Method’ as a teacher

Jesus provided us a teaching model based on experiential learning which was gathering a small group of individuals into teaching sessions through life experiences.  The “Jesus Method” incorporates four general points about Jesus’ moral teaching.

The first is that it is aimed at achieving a transformation of moral character; without changing certain traits and attitudes that impede moral responsiveness, moral teaching remains merely exhortative.

Second, moral teaching cannot be moralizing; it must begin with an understanding of moral agency and motivation, and sometimes the way to influence these is not through direct moral instruction, but through other kinds of teaching.

Third, many deep moral insights are gained only indirectly, through reflection on complex and puzzling cases that do not yield simple truths or directives.

Hence, fourth, Jesus’ use of proverbs, allegories, paradoxes, parables and other figurative forms reflects, on the positive side, a desire to cultivate in listeners a breadth and flexibility of moral imagination – and, on the negative side, a willingness to see many listeners misunderstand or not understand at all.

-Nicholas C. Burbules, “Jesus as a teacher.” Spirituality and Ethics in Education: Philosophical, Theological, and Cultural Perspectives, Hanan Alexander, ed. (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press) 2017.

Making a Difference in Our Community


Photograph: Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer

Each year’s Cleveland Life Institute students will engage in addressing a community issue in partnership with the ongoing work of other programs and governmental agencies.

Our Community Project  (2017-18 ) will be to evaluate and make recommendations for action regarding the problem of abandoned homes and properties in the city of Cleveland. 

Vacant houses, blighted buildings still plague Cleveland, but problem is shrinking: Taking Stock by Michelle Jarboe, The Plain Dealer

How Cleveland’s Vacant Homes Violent Crimes and Lead Poisoning are Linked – CWRU Report by Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

We are in partnership with the City of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga Land Bank, and Western Reserve Land Conservancy to create a network in the faith based community to help in the revitalization of neighborhoods through a project which our students will engage themselves.

This provides a learning environment that represents the opportunity of each class to work though a project over the course of a year to a point of completion. Students will work together along with faculty advisors and community leaders to utilize our faith based community in the process of rebuilding neighborhoods. The exact nature of our role will be presented the the beginning of the school year.

Management abilities, leadership skill, and teamwork projects will provide a learning experience that will find value in our students personal or professional life. 

Few programs incorporate the level of experiential education as we provide. This will be a strong point of our program and a strong addition to our students resume.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Summer FBC Farmers Market

Farmers Market SquareWednesdays, June through September
3pm – 7pm (setup time) 2pm 

There is no charge for vendors.

We have the following vendors:

Chef Faith Kitchen
Farmersville Soul food fixen
Kiriba “Mom’s black beans soup”
Bob’s produce
Miks produce
Breads by Carol
Len’s Jewelry
Beverly Jewelry
Youth Dept. Eggs, Milk, Cheese
James produce 

Our Famers Market is seven years old, the goal is bringing the community to FBC where fellowship takes place, everything we sell is organic. We have a play area for Children and from time to time we have live music.

    

For more information contact Jae Williams through the form below-

Each week vendors and items for sale vary depending on weather and product availability.