DEFINITION OF COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION
ORIGIN OF THE DEFINITION
The International Fellowship of Transformation Partners (IFTP) is a network of servant leaders who have a heart to see God’s will and kingdom manifest in the earth.
The origins of the IFTP date back to the spring of 2004 when George Otis, Jr., convened a group of International Transformation Catalysts in the nation of Fiji.
After exchanging remarkable accounts of what God was doing in their respective cities and nations, a decision was reached to hold similar summits in various locations every 12-18 months. It was, and remains, the only known fellowship of leaders hailing from genuinely revived communities.
Through much deliberation and prayer, the IFTP put together the Definition of Community Transformation.
DEFINITION OF TRANSFORMATION
For the term transformation to be properly applied to a community, change must be evident not only in the lives of its inhabitants, but also in the fabric of its institutions.
In the end, it is dramatic social, political, and even ecological renewal that sets these cases apart from common experience.
In short, a transformed community is…
- A neighborhood, city or nation whose values and institutions have been overrun by the grace and presence of God
- A place where divine fire has not merely been summoned, it has fallen
- A society in which natural evolutionary change has been disrupted by invasive supernatural power
- A culture that has been impacted comprehensively and undeniably by the Kingdom of God
- A location where Kingdom values are celebrated publicly and passed on to future generations