Noble New Way to host Asset-Based Community Development Workshop

Kendallville, IN - Noble New Way will host a day-long workshop March 17 to engage the community in the principles of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD). 

Noble New Way is led by a group of volunteers who believe the way to transform a community is by building relationships, learning what talents, skills and abilities people have, then enabling them to use them.

Rev. Angie Kidd, one of the founders of Noble New Way and director of Common Grace Ministries, was inspired by the writings of Pastor Mike Mather, author of “Having Nothing, Possessing Everything,” and the examples of De’Amon Harges, a roving listener and member of the Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis who is prominently featured in Mather’s book. She and other Noble New Way members recently visited the Broadway neighborhood in Indianapolis in preparation of the ABCD workshop.

Mather and Harges will be featured speakers at the gathering, which will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17 at the Community Learning Center in Kendallville. The event will feature storytelling, videos, interactive exercises and resource materials to help leaders and organizations develop initiatives based on the principles of ABCD. Noble New Way hopes the workshop will help local citizens and establishments view community development through a different lens that focuses on assets possessed by community members, not deficits.

In addition to Common Grace Ministries, Noble New Way representatives include Northeast Indiana Works, the Noble County Economic Development Corporation, Kendallville Public Library, Noble REMC, Drug-Free Noble County, Impact Institute, United Way of Noble County, Dekko Foundation and the Community Foundation of Noble County. 

Pre-registration is required for the workshop. The cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Registration must be completed online at on the United Way of Noble County’s website. For more information about Noble New Way or ABCD, contact Kidd at (260) 609-1988 or visit the Noble New Way Facebook page.