posted on September 10
Seven years ago John and Laura Gallaher started Common Good, a nonprofit at Embrace UMC that works with students and families in our community. After doing five years of youth ministry at the church, they noticed that the typical youth group wasn't enough for the students in the community. They started Common Good to partner with Embrace to provide a more wholistic model for doing student ministry in urban communities. Last week we started the 7th school-year of the After-School Program with over 70 students enrolled. The program meets four days a week in Embrace's basement focusing on education, recreation, spiritual formation, and leadership development. Now that John is the pastor at Embrace, Laura is leading Common Good with a four other full-time staff. Embrace is hopping with activity all throughout the week! Through partnership they have been able to expand and deepen the reach in the community.