Ministries You Should Know: Communities INC

The Fresno BeeAugust 2, 2013 

George Ordway, founder/executive director of a new ministry, Communities INC (In the Name of Christ).

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A Clovis ministry wants to connect leaders and change lives.

Communities INC (In the Name of Christ) is a new ministry with five programs: Valley Communities for Christ, Christian Community Alliance, Coalition of Hispanic Evangelicals of the Valley, Valley Medical Mission and Strategic Partnerships.

The Coalition of Hispanic Evangelicals of the Valley program will host a Leadership Summit on Aug. 27-28.

The Bee recently caught up with founder and executive director George Ordway to learn more about Communities INC.

Question: What is your ministry's purpose?

 

Answer: Our passion is to see people engaged, reaching out and serving others through spiritual and tangible acts of love. As a Christian nonprofit, we believe the human heart is healthiest when it is in relationship with God and serving others. We were created for community.

As the person in charge, what is your background?

 

My background includes 27 years in business and 28 years' experience serving through several nonprofit ministries.

I have served with the Christian Business Men's Connection and as Promise Keepers Task Force Chair. I also have served at the Fresno Rescue Mission and in various leadership positions at a local church. The last 12 years, I served as associate director at Evangelicals for Social Action/Love INC.

What were the circumstances in which Communities INC "grew" out of Valley Communities for Christ?

 

In 2000, Valley Communities for Christ began under the Fresno-based ESA/Love INC. The vision was to reach out to communities throughout the eight counties of the Central Valley. After 12 years, the Valley work became vast, stretching across 43 Valley cities. This expansion necessitated the starting of a new organization, Communities INC.

What are Communities INC's four other programs and their goals?

 

Christian Community Alliance engages businessmen and clergy to advance spiritual and social solutions. Our goal is to engage 45 more business people who are looking to use their skills and success to significantly impact lives.

Coalition of Hispanic Evangelicals of the Valley is a Valley-wide relationship network of Hispanic pastors and leaders that provides leadership development. Our goal is to host a Central California Conference for Hispanic leaders.

Valley Medical Mission is a partnership with the Christian Medical and Dental Association. We have coordinated 43 free, one-day medical and dental clinics. Our goal is to increase leadership capacity and continue to provide practical and spiritual care for people.

Strategic Partnerships is vital to serving people across our Valley. The most recent example is Bringing Accessible Supplies Into Communities when Communities INC coordinated 42 churches and helping agencies to distribute diapers, coats and food to 31,000 families of children, newborns to age 5, in Fresno County communities.

What is your ministry's biggest need or concern?

 

Although Communities INC is a new 501c3 ministry, we have 13 years of experience and impacts. This dynamic has created an immediate need for funds to launch and to grow. We need to raise $100,000 this year to set up our office, fund two part-time support staff and the communication technology necessary to network. To date, we have received $28,000 for start-up cost.

How can others get involved?

 

Because we are new, the needs are huge. Clerical, data entry, graphics design, event planning are our greatest needs.

Best ways to reach your ministry?

 

Call (559) 977-7224; email go@communitiesinc.org; or view our website, www.communitiesinc.org. We also are on Facebook.

 

The reporter can be reached at rorozco@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6304.

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