Turning Crisis into Constructive Change: RAPHA – Community and Curriculum

Shad Guinn and Randy Nabors | 1st Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN

RAPHA is a deaconal program of 1st Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, that uses the Chalmer’s Center curricula and self-produced material to bring community neighbors seeking help into a weekly fellowship over a meal, a year’s worth of training in life skills, along with financial support and accountability. God has used this new approach to completely change the welcome for those who struggle into the fellowship of a historic downtown congregation. This is a model worth emulating.