There is a gap between where you stand now and what you dream for your future. But how do you get from here to there? Where is that bridge and how will you know when you’ve found it?
Kelsey always has a smile on her face. There is a light that emanates from her eyes and her words. Her love for the children and families of her adopted neighborhood, Paramore, is evident.
She has a new idea about how to bring them life changing opportunities. Playground City is different, a little complex, and absolutely brilliant. With a talented Board, committed volunteers, and a shoe-string budget Kelsey is ready to launch her dream…. big time. And even though she might feel overwhelmed sometimes – especially on the hardest days – she’s not. There are millennial leaders who Crave a difference in every sector of need, right here in Orlando. They stand on one side of the bridge with big dreams in their heads, hearts, and hands.
Central Florida has become a cornucopia of encouragement for emerging movements that lead to social change. Over the last five years there is new and growing financial and educational support for leaders, like Kelsey, and their dreams. However, these leaders Crave to make a difference in fundamentally new ways that is disarmingly relational: by facilitating unexpected friendships, making new connections of investment, and leveraging unusual partnerships for the common good.
This intentional relational approach has gotten the attention of one particular traditional institution with history, stability, and deep pockets: the church. These unaffiliated trail-blazing millennials are leading social change in a way that echoes and replicates another young leader who took a radically relational approach to social change: Jesus of Nazareth.
The church has discovered that God is calling people into leadership beyond their walls, structures, and requirements. Forward-thinking institutional Christians yearn to walk alongside these young leaders, learn more about their emerging movements, and roll up their sleeves to help their projects and the people they serve. They’ve realized these young leaders can show them a new path that is covered in familiar soil and grounded in ancient roots.
This “old guard” in traditional institutions (both religious and civic) is looking toward the horizon, with legacy in mind, wondering to whom and how the baton will be passed. To their credit, they are asking the right questions:
- Can our values and mission continue in additional, broadening, emerging forms?
- If so, what would that look like?
- Who knows how to lead in that space?
- How do we find and encourage such leadership?
@CraveFLA is a bridge that connects the gifts, history, knowledge, and resources of traditional institutions with the innovative, flexible, creative passion of emerging movements. This “bridge” occurs through an open spiritual community (the why?), intentional intimate mentoring connections (the how?), and strategic professional introductions (expanding the what?).
If you represent an institution with an eye on the horizon, consider crossing the bridge to the future by serving as a Mentor.
If you hold a dream and lead an emerging movement for social change, consider joining us as a Crave Leader – and get ready to receive a baton of grace, guidance, and support.
It’s time to bridge the gap.
It’s time for Crave.