Listening Posts


 Transformation begins with listening.

One of the unspoken lessons of the Incarnation is that before Jesus preaches his first sermon he spends thirty years listening to the world he loves so much. That God would lend an ear to humanity and listen for 30 years before he speaks is itself a parable of what God values. For every year of public preaching, Jesus spends 10 years quietly listening. That’s ten parts listening to one part speaking. If the Word honors the World by listening intently to its pain, hopes, and fears then perhaps we would do well to spend the majority of our time listening to those we serve.

Because of this, CTM is committed to nurturing what we call “Listening Posts” in strategic locations. A “Listening Post” is made up of teams of leaders or ministry partners in a given place who have agreed to three commitments and practice these commitments in concert with the broader CTM network. Listening Posts are gold mines of research and development that inform our broader network regarding what it means to teach and preach good news in hard places.


Commitments of a CTM Listening Post

Action: Serving with high-risk youth and families at the margins. This may include: vocational ministry, volunteer service, professional advocacy.

Reflection: Ongoing conversations on what it means to teach and preach Good News with and for those who have been labeled the least. This may include: Street Psalm Intensives, Theological Roundtables, written reflections, etc.

Discernment: Seeing the Spirit at work by mapping the movement of God. Our mapping process includes three exercises:

  • Mapping the Pain: The key here is to know the pain of particular community. One method of mapping pain is what we call “Moments of Blessing” – a public liturgy for victims of violent homicide.
  • Mapping the Hope: The key here is to know the hope of a particular community. One method of mapping hope is what we call “Signs of Hope Tours” – Identifying, visiting and encouraging ministries/organizations that are making a difference.
  • Mapping the Heart: The key here is to know the heart of God for a particular community. One method of mapping God’s hear is what we call “Prayer Table” – a weekly, inclusive prayer time with leaders from the community.

 

Official CTM Listening Posts:


North America

 Tacoma, WA: (North American Office)

Key Partners: Northwest Leadership Foundation and Urban Grace
Focus: Gang Affected Youth, Leadership Development, Advocacy, Curriculum Development

White Center, WA: 

Key Partners: Mt. View Presbyterian Church and YES Foundation
Focus:
Youth Outreach and Leadership development

Seattle, WA:

Key Partners: New Horizons Ministries
Focus: Street
Youth Outreach

Yelm:

Key Partners: Club Friday 360
Focus: Teen Night Club

Camden:

Key Partners: Community Education Resource Network
Focus: Alternative Educational for Urban Youth

Denver:

Key Partners: Mile High Ministries
Focus: Community Development and Leadership Training

Phoenix:

Key Partners: Neighborhood Ministries
Focus: Community Development and Youth Outreach


Latin America:

Guatemala City, Guatemala (Central American Office)

Key Partners: Christian Reformed World Mission and Barrio 4 Christ
Focus: Prison Chaplaincy and Leadership Development

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Caribbean Office)

Key Partners: Christian Reformed World Mission
Focus: Youth Outreach and Leadership Training.


Africa

Nairobi, Kenya (East African Office)

Key Partners: Center For Urban Mission
Focus: Street Kids and Leadership Development


Romania

Margihta

Key Partners: Mile High Ministries
Focus: Youth Orphanage

 

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