Postmodern Leadership

Times have changed and America has left the modern era and entered into the postmodern world. One of the biggest challenges for many organizations is the inability to lead in a way that is compatible with this new era. People want to be a part of a vision.

In the modern era, teams were based on a hierarchical structure. In the postmodern era, in order to get the best production people need to understand their contribution. People want to know that they are making a difference. I interviewed two student leaders at Southeastern University and asked them how they lead their teams.

Both Matthew Madison and Taylor Brown, interviewees, incorporate effective communication amongst their group members. Rather than simply taking orders, group members have a voice and contribute to the common goal. Incorporating effective communication is not bound by gender, race, economic status, etc.

If you are interested in leading a group with a bright future, studies have shown that establishing a team is the most effective way to do so. Check out this video to find out how you can be better prepared to lead in the postmodern world.

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Five Awesome #Nonprofit Tweets You Should Check Out

Social Media is transforming the way the world works. Without a Social Media presence an organization runs the risk of being forgotten. Check out these #Nonprofit Tweets.

Is My Organization Ready to Hire a Grant Writer?

A great vision and hard work can only get an organization so far. Without proper funds nonprofits are not able to reach their full potential. Check out this article to learn one way that organizations are raising money.

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So your organization has a fantastic community project, but no funds and no grant professional to assist you in accessing grant monies.  You’re thinking of reaching out to a freelance or contract grant writer to help you get the grant writing train started.  But how ready are you to hire a grant writer?  Ponder the following questions before you grab for that phone.

1. Do we have a recently developed strategic plan?

2. Do we have a fundraising plan?

3. Do we have a volunteer, paid staff or consultant who can devote at least 4 hours a day to fundraising?

4. Have we updated our organization’s mission and vision statements in the past two years?

5. If our staff, board and volunteers were asked to state our organization’s vision and mission statements, would their response match?

6. Can I or someone in our organization list the target population(s) for our…

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Four Steps to Strengthen Your Volunteer Communication

In the postmodern world, organizations thrive from effective team building. Positive team formation can only come from communication. Read this article on communication amongst volunteers. Apply these tips to your volunteer or workplace services.

Parker Street Ministries

Find out about the uniqueness of a ministry that literally lives in the community they serve.

Light in the Darkness

Lighthouse Ministries is continuously looking for new ways to help the community of Lakeland. Watch the progress that has been made and the plans for the future.

Dreaming Big

The Dream Center is serving the Lakeland, FL community. Check out what is happening now and their vision for the future.

The Word Became Flesh

Parker Street Sign

“The word became flesh and moved into our neighborhood.” These words are what drive Parker Street Ministries (PSM). Community service feels good. A person or group can take a few hours every couple of weeks to give back and feel helpful. However, for the people of Parker Street Ministries, service has become a lifestyle.

Unlike most non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, the staff of PSM embraces a holistic approach by living in the community they serve. At first glance, this may not appear to be relevant, however, now consider that the Parker Street Neighborhood received 9,582 calls for assistance to the police in 2011. The PSM staff is not simply helping a neighborhood they have joined the community.

PSM Staff

Staff members and their families live in the community and are, therefore, part of their neighbor’s everyday lives. This creates a unique opportunity for the staff to speak directly about problems in the lives of fellow residents. A bond is formed through personal relationships, direct observation and common, often painful, experiences.

“Parker Street Ministries is committed to individual, family and community restoration, reconciliation and revitalization in Lakeland’s Parker Street community,” said Executive Director of PSM, Tim Mitchell.

Kids in the Community

Due to the fact that the PSM staff lives in the community that they serve, they have earned the respect and appreciation of the fellow residents. PSM offers a wide array of programs to benefit the community including academic enrichment, a Christmas store, and neighborhood revitalization. The goal of PSM is to meet the physical needs of the community in order to meet their spiritual needs. PSM is a Christian organization with the hope that all people will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord. However, a person does not need to share the same beliefs in order to receive assistance.

“In a place where police sirens and angry shouts are common, there is a new, loud voice that says, ‘you’re loved, you’re cared for, and we’re here.’” Those words, from neighborhood resident and Executive Director Mitchell display the compassion and mission of PSM.

A primary objective of PSM is to give renters the opportunity and ability to become homeowners. Homeowners are less transient and more financially stable. Allowing residents to have this opportunity is carried out in various ways by PSM.

Renovation Volunteers

Thomas Gaige, a full time employee of PSM, and neighborhood resident said, “One of the most exciting news items is that we now have the opportunity to renovate three homes we acquired in July as part of our neighborhood stabilization initiative. Once beautiful, they now need major rehabilitation.”

PSM works alongside Habitat for Humanity, the City of Lakeland, and other organizations to get local residents into a secure stable financial situation. PSM purchases abandoned and rundown homes in order to renovate them. After renovations, PSM can either sell the homes for a very reasonable price or rent it. This strategy stabilizes residents thereby reducing the high turnover rate in the community.

Local Volunteers

Larry, a resident of Parker Street, has gone to prison multiple times. He has experienced the difficulties and challenges of living as a forgotten son in a forgotten community. After many years of contact and communication with PSM, he accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of his life.

When asked what has changed in his life since becoming a Christian Larry said, “The building of a foundation through Christ really opens your eyes to who God is calling you to be. A man is someone who loves his family, someone who loves his kids, someone who loves his neighbors.”

Although the PSM staff lives in the neighborhood, they are always happy to have new people join their community. In 2011, over 800 volunteers contributed to the Parker Street community. If you are interested in getting involved with Parker Street Ministries click the links below:

PSM General Information

Execute Director Tim Mitchel

Volunteer Director

A Shining Light

Lighthouse Ministries Banner

“I was giving up on life…there’s got to be something more. I wanted God to love me, for God to want me if nobody else did.” These are the words of a man named Matthew, a resident at Lighthouse Ministries. Matthew and his mother grew up homeless for the majority of his life, spending many nights under an Amtrak train overpass. Lighthouse Ministries first met the needs of Matthew by giving him a place to live through their residential placement program—then they met his spiritual needs through displaying the love of Jesus Christ.

Lighthouse Ministries’ main objective is to give people hope and change the lives of  struggling people. They meet the needs of the people in the community by going to where the need is, whether it is on the streets, on their campus or thrift stores or in the community. It offers a wide array of services including a rescue shelter, residential ministry, children’s ministry, community preschool, community outreach, thrift stores, adult learning, a hydroponic garden and a hope center.

Steve Turbeville, President and CEO of Lighthouse Ministries said, “We are a Life & Learning Campus For Men, Women, and Children who need a place of refuge to begin a new life. We serve Central Florida with the hope of impacting lives for Jesus by       giving food, clothing, shelter, childcare, education and job placement.”

Two men, who were sensitive and obedient to what God was telling them to do, founded Lighthouse Ministries’. Their names are Carl Warnock and Jim Welch; they started this organization in the mid 1970’s. Through a sequence of events that can be read here, Warnock and Welch were two men with a vision, a plan, and faithfulness to God’s plan.  When Warnock was concerned about his ability to run a shelter, his partner Welch said, “It’s not about ability or inability. It’s about availability.” In 1977, the first Lighthouse Rescue Mission shelter was opened.

Distribution Center

Since that time, Lighthouse Ministries has expanded into numerous campuses with many different ministries all over the Polk County region. It has  seven different buildings,  which includes, five stores, a Hope Center and a Distribution  Center. Not only do these stores provide food and clothing for a very reasonable price, they also provide jobs and volunteer opportunities.

Lighthouse Ministries has provided invaluable support for the community in numerous ways. In 2011 the men’s Rescue Shelter had 4,416 overnight guests, 15,104 meals served and 70 faith decisions. Also in 2011, The One Stop Residential Care Program served 122 people, 40,509 meals, filled 11,929 beds and had 17 faith decisions. These are only two examples of how Lighthouse Ministries has benefited the community; they have served thousands more through their thrift stores and various children’s and tutoring ministries.

Jessica, a woman who was once a person being served by Lighthouse Ministries, stated, “Lighthouse is everything I needed: childcare, education, saving money, a schedule, routine. I didn’t know where to find it, and it was here at Lighthouse.” You can read more about   Jessica’s testimony by clicking here.

Jessica is now an employee of Lighthouse Ministries H.O.P.E. Center.   She is living proof of the positive impact Lighthouse Ministries has on the community.

For organizations such as Lighthouse Ministries their ability to help the community directly comes from donations and volunteers. A nonprofit organization cannot function without people in the community who are willing to give back. The fact that numerous nonprofit organizations can coexist in the one town of Lakeland, FL shows the heart of its residences. The world is full of struggling people who have many different needs, so it is up to the fellow citizens of the world too sacrifice some time and resources for the benefit of the greater good.

Lighthouse Ministries Sign

For more information about Lighthouse Ministries’ services and how to get involved click on the links below:

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Lighthouse Ministries Get Involved

Lighthouse Ministries Donations