Detroit Partnership Fact Sheet (pdf)

Overview of History

The Detroit Partnership is the outcome of lessons learned from 1988 through 2006 with: (1) The Pastor’s Development Program for 100 pastors in Mississippi, from 1988 to 2000; (2) The Skillman Foundation Faith-Based Initiative “A Call to Service” 47 churches serving 2300 children and youth in Detroit, MI, from 2001 to 2006; (3) Convoy of Hope Superbowl XL Day of Outreach serving 8725 citizens at Michigan State Fairground in Detroit, MI, in February 2006; (4) Al Kuhnle encouragement and financial support through City Light in 2007.

The Detroit Partnership is establishing a role for itself of planting visions, perspective and ideas and then bringing leaders together to collaborate on the work necessary for those ideas to take on a life of their own, which allows for the freedom necessary to expand in God’s timing and according to His plans.

The Detroit Partnership is a place to prepare pastors, churches and faith-based organizations in the field of community philanthropy, an emerging field of sharing and giving in a neighborhood context.

The Detroit Partnership is committed to enhancing the capacity to work across denominational, racial, ethnic and geographic boundaries.

The Detroit Partnership is a networking mechanism that provides training, networking and resourcing to promote racial, denominational and geographical unity among churches and Christian organizations in city and suburban Detroit, Michigan.

Theory of Change

Richard Freeman, a Harvard economist said:

“church-going has a powerful effect…on member’s attitudes and behaviors. People who go to church are less likely to commit crimes, be unemployed, use drugs, or drop out of school.”

It is important to prepare indigenous leaders from churches and Christian organizations to own and sustain their neighborhood programs.


* Feed the Hungry, in partnership with the Detroit Partnership, provides food distribution at the annual Love Fest in 12 neighborhoods in Detroit each June.

* Joint Worship Service provides a time for prayer, celebration and sharing with 24 churches from the city and suburbs each year.

* Pastors Forum, which meets 4 times a year, provides a time for city and suburban pastors to pray and exchange personal and church life with each other.

* Roundtable meets 4 times a year to provide a time for city and suburban coordinators for recommendations on program development.


The Detroit Partnership started linking volunteers, money, services and in-kind contributions on September 1, 2006. As a result:

1. every year we touch 8,000 people through all of the outreaches;

2. 2,050 people have verbalized a belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior;

3. 50 coordinators from churches and Christian organizations have been trained;

4. 24 city and suburban churches are developing teams to deliver services in neighborhoods;

5. 3,400 volunteers have served from the African American, Caucasian and Hispanic communities;

6. 41,000 volunteer hours for training, networking and serving children, youth and families;

7. $700,000.00 of in-kind wages have been contributed towards programs;

8. $100,000.00 in cash contributions for programs;

9. $900,000.00 worth of in-kind contributions regarding food, goods, products, books, training materials and supplies for programs;

10. 1,080,000 pounds of food have been distributed;

11. Detroit Partnership pastors are sharing best practices and lessons learned with leaders in Florida, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Biblical Rationale

The Biblical foundation is Acts 2:41-47 and Acts 4:32-37.

These early church communities:

* were multi-ethnic,

* enjoyed a sense of togetherness in worship and fellowship,

* cared for one another and provided tangible support for those in need by sharing resources,

* were bound together by the work of the Holy Spirit in their midst.


* To select, pair up, and train city and suburban pastors

* To ask the pastors to select their coordinators for training and team building for the mutual creation, development, and, implementation of strategies to provide services that benefit men, women, children, and families

* To provide on-going technical assistance and resource materials

* To stress the importance of the male’s role in establishing strong family units as an essential foundation for the positive development of families and neighborhoods

* To provide male models from churches and Christian organizations who are pastors, church leaders, and career professionals for training and technical assistance.

* To encourage the church regarding its capacity to facilitate spiritual and cultural change.

* To focus recruiting, training, and resources on a geographical area of 2 blocks north, south, east, and west.

A collaboration of urban and suburban churches throughout the metro Detroit area