The 8 Principles of Christian Community Development: Church Based

The 8 Principles of Christian Community Development: Church Based

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT At this point in the series, it is probably a good idea to provide a refresher as to what we mean by the phrase Christian Community Development (CCD). Pastor and community developer Mark Gornik writes: Community development in biblical...

Leadership Development

Leadership Development

A Series on the Eight Principles of Christian Community Development By Eric Basye In the fall of 2020, I began working on my Doctor of Leadership through George Fox University. I toyed with the idea for years, having completed one year of doctoral work through Fuller...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 33

Hello friends! We are excited to announce that Mosaic Senior Cottages are 99% complete! With our certificate of occupancy, tenants will be moving in next week! After the snow flies next week (😥) we will lay the sod and finish up the landscaping. A HUGE praise to God...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 32

Hello friends! We are SO CLOSE to having this project fully buttoned up! Thank you First Interstate Bank for your great crew of volunteers to help with a deep clean! As of right now, we are planning on our tenants moving in on April 13th and anticipate by that time...

Relocation: Part II

Relocation: Part II

A series on the Principles of Christian Community Development Enjoy this blog, written by one of our current interns, Kallie Linse. ECB That Side of the Tracks When I was in high school, a friend and I were driving to downtown Billings. At some point, we took a wrong...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 31

Hello friends! Spring really came this week! The sun was absolutely amazing! I am especially thankful for the weather as it allowed the opportunity to get a LOT of work done at Mosaic! They are finishing up the inside of the apartments, appliances are being installed,...

Relocation

Relocation

A Series on the Principles of Christian Community Development by Eric C. Basye What the Gospel Says about being a Neighbor Coach Wayne Gordon, a seasoned Christian community developer in the South Side of Chicago, beautifully communicates the essence of the first of...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 27

Hi friends of CLDI! It has been a cold one this week! Click here to get a video update! It is a COLD week in Billings!Cabinets are going in!Thankful for the warm apartments.Staging the cabinetsSafety first!This happened this week at Dinner Church this week (at CLDI) -...

Christian Community Development

Christian Community Development

"Christian community development should help us attain a mental image of how our community will look in the future when God is in control when his kingdom has come 'on earth as it is in heaven.'"[1] Urban Ministry  Twenty years ago, I was on the cusp of...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 21

Hey there friends of CLDI! Just a quick update. We are so thankful for the warmer weather. The construction site is coming along! With the forms prepped and ready to go, the ground thawing out, we hope to pour concrete next week! Meanwhile, trim is going up inside the...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 20

Hello friends! I hope and trust you had a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! My family and I were able to spend a very snowy Christmas in Alpine, Wyoming with my immediate family. We certainly enjoyed seeing family and playing in the snow as we built snow forts,...

We Had it Good in Egypt

We Had it Good in Egypt

The Providence of God Reflecting on the life of Joseph, the younger brother who had been sold into slavery by his own family, I am always amazed by the providence of God to fulfill a more excellent plan. For many years, Joseph served as a slave and then was imprisoned...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 18

Friends of CLDI, First off, I hope and pray you have an extraordinary day as we celebrate the birth of Christ. Just this week, I was reflecting on Psalm 47, which says, "Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with a jubilant cry. For Yahweh, the Most High, is...

Mosaic Senior Cottage Update – Week 17

First off, it is official, I have given in to Lisa's influential spirit - we will be referring to this project as the Mosaic Senior Cottages going forward! A great name and picture of the community we pray this will be for our senior friends! Good job Lisa!...

Mosaic Senior Housing Update – Week 16

Hello friends of CLDI! I hope that you had an excellent Thanksgiving. In light of the holiday, my being out of town last week, and a slow-down with the project, we delayed sending an update. However, here is a snapshot of the work that has been completed: For...

On Gratitude

On Gratitude

A Joyful Commitment As the chapter turns for another year gone by, we cannot help but be filled with gratitude. The Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible defines gratitude as a: natural expression of thanks in response to blessings, protection, or love. [Gratitude] is not a...

A KINGDOM VISION: A COMMUNITY CHURCH, PART 12

A KINGDOM VISION: A COMMUNITY CHURCH, PART 12

In this final installment of our “Kingdom Vision” blog series, it is our hope that you have been challenged to further orient your lives according to His ways. I had personally been praying for a healthy church to plant in our new CLDI building since 2016. Dinner...

MOSAIC SENIOR HOUSING – FRIDAY UPDATE WEEK 10

What a great week! I could not be more encouraged and impressed with the progress Langlas construction makes every day. We are thankful that the weather has allowed us to nearly dry the apartments in. Hopefully, in the next week or two, the windows will arrive...

MOSAIC SENIOR HOUSING – FRIDAY UPDATE WEEK 9

We are incredibly thankful for the nice weather we had this week as it afforded us the opportunity to catch up on lost ground caused by the snow last week. With the slabs (concrete floors) poured Thursday, the construction team started framing Friday and on...

Mosaic Senior Housing – Friday Update Week 8

Mosaic Senior Housing – Friday Update Week 8

While we thought we were going to poor our first slab last Friday, unfortunately, it didn't work out. And then with the cold snap, we were delayed. However, the great news is that we poured both slabs Thursday. Next on the docket? Framing both buildings! Cold...

MOSAIC SENIOR HOUSING – FRIDAY UPDATE WEEK 7

Wow! What a difference a week can make. Concrete gets poured in the South building this week. Next week they will start to frame the South building. Gravel will also be going into the North building, and then we will be pouring concrete and prepping the...

MOSAIC SENIOR HOUSING – FRIDAY UPDATE WEEK 6

Foundation walls; check.Site prepThe challenges next door; hopeful the city will enforce a demolition.The worksiteGetting the walls formed for Building #2Building #1 plumbed and ready for the concrete slab pour!Future intern house at 2016 4th Avenue SouthOur neighbors...

Mosaic Senior Housing – Friday Update Week 5

Construction forges ahead. The warm fall has been favorable for building! Have you seen the architect renderings for Mosaic? Enjoy these pictures of what's to come.  Do you have a favorite feature? We love the front porches and proximity to Rail//Line. We...

Mosaic Senior Housing – Week 3

We have an address! 116 and 114 S 29th Street.Ready for the footings to be poured.The footings are in.Knocking out the essential site development work.Firm foundations.Patched and ready to open!Intern house renovation resumes.Soon to add a garage, two bedrooms, and a...

A Kingdom Vision: Fully Immersed, Part 10

A Kingdom Vision: Fully Immersed, Part 10

A blog series on “Kingdom Vision”; to live and orient our lives according to His ways. By Eric Basye "Evangelism is necessary but insufficient by itself to untangle the complexities of poverty, some that date back generations. Effective poverty-fighters, particularly...

Rerouted: An Internship Update

Rerouted: An Internship Update

I love the excitement that comes with making new plans. As I pack my bag, buy travel-size toiletries, and stash some cash for last-minute snacks, I start to envision the adventure that lies ahead. I can feel the butterflies in my stomach as I picture the plane lifting...

Serving Through Summer

Serving Through Summer

Dear friends of CLDI, Summer has arrived! I love summer – the warm weather, clear days, the big Montana sky, green grass, bright flowers, cookouts, and trips; what’s not to love! Like many of you, the summer provides a “seasonal shift” for us with our various works....

Restoration through Relationship:  An Intern’s Experience

Restoration through Relationship: An Intern’s Experience

One of the first things you see when you cross the train tracks to get over to the street where I now live is a sign that reads, “The South Side, the Bright Side of the Tracks”. I hadn’t noticed it the first time I came to the place I’m now calling home. Instead, I...

A Kingdom Vision: Part 3

A Kingdom Vision: Part 3

As we have started our new blog series called “Kingdom Vision,” I wanted to share some stories about the impact that the gift of time and talents has on those we serve. There are always needs, and simple acts of service can go so far. Enjoy this blog written by our...