The plan for Pivot Ministry at its inception was to become a separate nonprofit organization, and the process has begun. Even before finalizing bylaws, creating articles of incorporation, or filing with the IRS and the state of North Carolina, Pivot’s first step in the separate nonprofit process was to form an official Board of Directors to replace its Preliminary Advisory Council. June 18, 2019, marked the first meeting of the new board, which is made up of Forsyth County men and women who have a wealth of experience and a wide diversity of background and skills. Members of the inaugural board include Darryl Sawyer, Harold Holmes, Heather Witt, Holly Brower, Jill Lackey, Kenneth Pettigrew, Mike Nuckolls, Sherry Ramsey, and Tracey Martin. Click here to read more about the board.
Some Key Points About Poverty
1. Poverty and wealth are relative. We basically know our own poverty or wealth only in relationship to others.
2. Poverty occurs in all races and countries.
3. Generational and situational poverty are different. When a family has been in poverty two generations or more, there are certain patterns and habits. In situational poverty, resources are temporarily reduced, but the mindset remains largely with the middle-class norms and values.
4. There are hidden rules in each of us related to the economic group in which we were raised.
5. Most schools, businesses, and many churches use the hidden rules of middle class. For churches to be effective across classes, members must understand the hidden rules of generational poverty, as well as middle class.
6. The fundamental reasons for poverty are lack of educational attainment and the disconnection of family and/or community.
7. Four reasons one leaves poverty: It’s too painful to stay, a vision or goal, a key relationship, or a special talent or skill.
Source: What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty (2012) R.K. Payne & B. Ehlig.
Reprinted with permission. aha! Process, Inc.