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The 2020 Urban Light Ministries Strategic Plan reviews the organization’s history and strengths and identifies opportunities to develop a vision and direction enabling the organization to expand its achievement in Biblically-based awareness, education, and online services to support the improvement of racial relations, the father’s role in the family and strengthening community unity beginning in the church, for the cause of Christ.

History

Urban Light Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established over 25 years ago with the mission of increasing the number of responsible fathers, nurtured children, and strong families in Jesus’ name.  The primary programs offered by the organization include community-based and online fatherhood programs such as “POPS 101” and “Father Love” and elementary student ministries – Sonshine Clubs. Urban Light Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established over 25 years ago with the mission of increasing the number of responsible fathers, nurtured children, and strong families in Jesus’ name.  The primary programs offered by the organization include community-based and online fatherhood programs such as “POPS 101” and “Father Love” and elementary student ministries – Sonshine Clubs. The work of the organization is community-based in the Springfield, Ohio, and greater Miami Valley area and continuing to expand through the use of online resources. From the very beginning, the board, staff, and volunteers have been intentionally ethnically diverse as we seek to serve the whole community as representatives of the kingdom of God.

Future direction - Building on Opportunities

Urban Light Ministries has over 25 years of experience in developing and implementing programs that meet the needs of fathers and children.  A SWOT analysis has determined ways to use the strengths built over the years to address the new opportunities associated with reaching the target audiences. Urban Light Ministries has over 25 years of experience in developing and implementing programs that meet the needs of fathers and children.  A SWOT analysis has determined ways to use the strengths built over the years to address the new opportunities associated with reaching the target audiences.

 

Mission

The mission of Urban Light Ministries will remain consistent to the values and purpose established over 25 years ago  and be based to Biblical truths: Turning the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to the Heavenly Father, while endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Biblical cornerstones:Malachi 4:6; Ephesians 4:3

Strategies

Objective 1: Establish a unified fatherhood brand to build programs and communication vehicles to reach over 1 million fathers, incorporating Christian unity messages throughout 

Strategy 1.1 – Bring all current fatherhood programs and resources under one brand name (TBD) leveraging the “Father Love” program and book developed by Rev. Eli Williams and use as a platform for all future Fatherhood programs.  Build the curriculum and study guide for online training execution and integrate the other Fatherhood Program curriculums into one cohesive deliverable. 

Strategy 1.2 – Build a network of fathers and father figures for mutual support, skill-building, and family strengthening through providing a Fatherhood Toolkit using an online community, social media and blogging to improve the awareness and importance of fatherhood issues and teachings.  

Strategy 1.3 – Develop and implement the Fatherhood Toolkit through a Church-based video group learning program to foster action by local church congregations within their own communities. 

Strategy 1.4 – Continue working and building partnerships with local outreach programs that connect with fathers and new mothers to continue building strong curriculums, outreach programs and resources. 

Objective 2: Develop the “Sonny” character and build online programs and communication vehicles to reach over 1 million elementary students, incorporating Christian unity teaching  

Strategy 2.1 – Leverage the Sonshine Club program curriculum and publish a marketable curriculum that can be sold to churches and other Christian organizations.   

Strategy 2.2 – Build an online community through a specific “Sonshine Club” focused website and social media to resource, encourage and strengthen  families 

Strategy 2.3 – Develop a smartphone app for elementary students that incorporates Biblical teachings and education through storytelling and active decision making.  Show outcomes of good and bad decisions. 

Strategy 2.4 – Leverage the Sonshine Club program curriculum and build online resources for parents of young children  

 

Objective 3:  Become a thought-leading resource for information and facilitation concerning racism in the church and that drives the messages of brotherly love, unity and peace.

Strategy 3.1: Leverage the work done locally to facilitate discussion groups on the topics of improving race relations and building unity within the church

Strategy 3.2:  Provide resources to educate the different outlooks and positions on racism that help facilitate productive discussions and understanding.