Category: US Programs

Solving the Leadership Gap-Giving Shy People The Strength To Get Up And Do What Needs To Be Done

Solving the Leadership Gap-Giving Shy People The Strength To Get Up And Do What Needs To Be Done

Recently, I had a phone conversation with the president of a nonprofit and he said, “Kirk we need a new board of directors.”  I asked him to tell me about their current board. He said they were enthusiastic and supportive during their meetings, but they were not helping out with  development. He then explained that he asked […]

Solving the Leadership Gap-Look for a Passionate Smile

Solving the Leadership Gap-Look for a Passionate Smile

As I visit with our covenant partners around the country, recruiting and retaining good leadership is almost always listed near the top of their local ministry needs.  Recently, I started a series of blog articles called “Solving the Leadership Gap-" In the first article, I reminded folks that our Boomer generation is an excellent group […]

Land Banks – Demystifying the concept and why they are needed

Land Banks – Demystifying the concept and why they are needed

In the sermon on the mount Jesus teaches us "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where […]

Solving the leadership gap- Don't forget the boomers!

Solving the leadership gap- Don't forget the boomers!

For many decades in this housing movement I have often heard people lament the demographic of our volunteers and donors noting that the majority of them have grey hair.  And my response has always been, "this is not a problem."  Now that my hair is greying, I really mean it!  Demographically we Baby Boomers representing […]

The knowledge of how to run a housing ministry already exists in every community

The knowledge of how to run a housing ministry already exists in every community

By Kirk Lyman-Barner Director of U.S. Field Operations I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. ~ Leonardo da Vinci   This evening I had the pleasure of driving to a little country town of Lumpkin, Georgia (population 1,190).  You may not have ever heard of Lumpkin, Georgia, but it is […]

Thoughts from the road… Finding Hope on the Sunnyside of Life – By Kirk Lyman-Barner

Thoughts from the road… Finding Hope on the Sunnyside of Life – By Kirk Lyman-Barner

It has been a busy fall of travels and, occasionally, I found myself in towns with unusual names. In Mbandaka, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we visited Bokotola which was an old segregation strip separating the nicer Belgian neighborhoods from the impoverished Congolese neighborhoods.  Bokotola is a Lingala word that means “man who does […]

The Pizzazz in a Greater Blessing Project

The Pizzazz in a Greater Blessing Project

Submitted by Glen Barton Vice President, US Field Operations   A couple of years ago, during a break at a Fuller Center Board Meeting, one of the board members asked me “When the walls go up on a new build that is the pizzazz moment. What is the pizzazz moment of a Greater Blessing  repair? “ Getting […]