Faith-Based Community Development

Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D.

Michael (M.A., Yale; Ph.D., Drew), is a professor of Theology & Spirituality at Northwind Seminary and Northwind Institute. He is ordained in the Church of the Nazarene and a Clergy Member of The United Methodist Church, Michael was the founder of WorldHope Corps, Inc.


While at Drew he was the Director of The Communities of Shalom. In this role, he facilitated the FBCD Zone Training in Macon-Bibb County of Georgia

Neighborhoods Complete FBCD Zone Training

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Monday, August 17th, 2015

On Saturday, August 15, residents from 10 neighborhoods will gather from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Macon-Bibb County’s Government Center (700 Poplar Street) to complete their 'FBCD' training, present plans for improving their communities, and be recognized for efforts to revitalize Macon-Bibb. Neighborhood FBCD Zones participating in this year’s training include Lynmore Estates, Hillcrest, Village Green, Pleasant Hill, East Macon, Beall’s Hill, Unionville, Bellevue, South Macon, and Kings Park.
“We are hoping to form leadership within the communities so the residents become part of the solutions needed in their neighborhood and can better access outside resources,” says Frank Austin with the Austin Center for Development, the organization that is helping coordinate the FBCD Zone efforts.
In the morning, participants will review the previous six training sessions before presenting their neighborhood plans and what they will be doing to bring communities together, engage people to improve neighborhoods, and build groups to support each other. A celebration will be held at 1:00 p.m. in Commission Chambers for the 44 people that will be recognized for completing the training, which involved seven in-person and seven online sessions. 
“Those who live and work in the community become the experts who provide the information, design the plan, and carry out the actions,” says Travis Blackwell with Community Partnerships.