The Center for Walking with Jesus represents a new paradigm of urban multi-cultural community ministry. It is located at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Providence, RI.
Core values and principles inform and guide this ministry. Developing relationships with people in the community is primary. “In the community” means meeting people where they are and acknowledging the resources people have in the place where they live. This is the Jesus style of ministry – a ministry of accompaniment. Jesus’ whole ministry was a one-on-one invitation to be part of a learning and practicing community during which he accompanied people on their way.
For example, the disciples continue to experience his accompaniment after the resurrection: “On that same day, two of them were on the road to Emmaus… Jesus… came near and went with them [accompanying them]. He said to them, “What are you discussing with each other as you walk along? … [They told Jesus their story]… Then beginning with Moses and the prophets [Jesus] interpreted to them about himself in all the scriptures.” (Luke 24:13-27)