Building Relationships, Developing Community

Urban Resurrection is a team of InnerCHANGE with the vision to transform urban neighborhoods through weaving the fabric of Christ centered community. In July of 2005, Michael and Erika Philip and Laurie Cook moved to West Coconut Grove in Miami to begin an assest based community development ministry focused on using a wholistic approach to breaking down the cycle of poverty in this at-risk neighborhood.

Their Vision is to transform lives through weaving the fabric of Christ centered community in the urban neighborhoods and cities of the world.

Made up of a staff of 4 (Michael & Erika Philip, Laurie Cook and Kristy Wallace) Urban Resurrection is training local residents and young people do be a significant catalyst for transformation in their community. They identify and eradicate the roots of socioeconomic decay by wholistically empowering local residents to address the spiritual and physical needs of the West Coconut Grove neighborhood.

The Strategy is to bring about Christ centered wholistic transformation in West Coconut Grove by empowering residents to organize, plan for, create and sustain a vibrant, high quality and diverse neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.

Central to this is their focus on discipleship and learning to follow Christ together with their neighbors. Seeing Christ develop their neighbors into local leaders and the catalyst for true community transformation is the team’s greatest privilege. They are constantly encouraged and pushed in their own faith as they journey with their courageous friends in the Grove.

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"Where Are The Men?"

He’s one of those boys with a gentle, sweet smile / That makes you look twice / Here on the streets, you notice what’s nice / See, out here you get picked on if you’re not a little mean / So, he walks the line in between / Stepping from scene to scene / Just wanting to be seen / One day hopping fences with the gang / Another day dropping the game / Looking for respectable gain / But who does he have to show him how? / All these grown kids just sitting around / Having somehow missed the right of passage / From boyhood to manhood / Now lacking the tools to pass on what they should

Walking the Grove

Walking with my neighbors on their life journey is my greatest joy and privilege. It is also my greatest pain and sorrow. In joining them on their journey, theirs becomes mine and mine theirs. Somewhere along the way we go from being neighbors, to friends, to family.

It caused great pain to watch our neighbors put in jail, taking both mother and father from four beautiful boys. But it is with great joy that we celebrated the miracle of our sister’s release from jail, now filled with Light and Life that she is pouring into those same boys.

The Journey With Keith

As he walked out of the darkened drug house next door and approached the place at the gate where I was standing two things, his vitality and the intense energy in his eyes, struck me. My heart seemed suddenly to match the pounding base and rhythms of our BEATS open mic taking place inside. This is what I had been praying for, one of the main reasons we were holding this event right next door to a known drug den. Soon the young man and I were engaged in friendly banter as he quickly pushed to the point. “Can I come in and get up there?” he asked.

Earthquake in Haiti: Empowering Leaders in Crisis

This is the story about how InnerCHANGE Miami and Communitas in New Orleans played a vital role in providing much needed disaster relief after the earthquake in Haiti.

Gardening In Miami

Our West Coconut Grove neighborhood is located smack dab in the middle of Miami. Native Grove residents often talk about how you used to be able to walk through the neighborhood simply snacking on fruit picked from the many fruit trees scattered throughout the neighborhood; coconuts, mangos, avocados, limes, papayas, Spanish limes (genips) name it, it all used to grow here in abundance. The fruitfulness of the land speaks to the fact that most of our neighbors find their roots in farming.