Inner~View #67: Connecting People & Community

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Phil Miglioratti interviewed Stan Dobbs of Apartment Life


Phil ~ Give us a quick background to what gave birth to the Apartment Life ministry.

Stan ~ I worked in the computer industry for many years before sensing a call to full-time ministry. During seminary I got exposed to the idea of apartment ministry while on staff at First Baptist Church in Euless (D/FW area) and immediately fell in love with it. For city-reachers apartments are absolutely strategic. While about half the population of our major cities live in apartments - less than 5% are connected to a church (compared to 35% of homeowners). What was most interesting was that the apartment industry desperately needed help with the human side of their business. Most apartment owners do a good job operating the apartments but have difficulty with meeting the deeper needs of residents. Hence the average resident turnover in the industry is about 75%. We saw an amazing opportunity to meet a business need and at the same time position Christians in apartment communities to minister to residents, share the gospel and connect residents to the church.

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Phil ~ What is the mission of Apartment Life?

Stan ~ Our vision is Christian Outreach for Every Apartment Community. We empower local churches to more effectively reach their surrounding apartment communities.



Phil ~ God has given you a unique strategy - Tell us how it works?

Stan ~ Apartment Life partners with apartment owners and local churches to place Christian teams (married couple/family or two single adults) into apartment communities to help owners create a sense of community and care for residents. These "CARES Teams" receive a rent-free apartment and do things that flow naturally out of the Christian life - welcoming new residents, planning social events, and caring for residents and staff. CARES Teams become the hub of community life, and these relationships form the foundation for sharing the gospel and connecting residents to church.

After seven years of growth, documented spiritual results, mature church and apartment industry partnerships, and a proven financial model, God has positioned Apartment Life to help churches and city-reachers penetrate the vast apartment communities across the country with the gospel. Over 60,000 people have been impacted for Christ to date - and Apartment Life is just scratching the surface of the spiritual potential!


Phil ~ How can a city movement, such as Loving Our Communities to Christ, employ the Apartment Life strategy?

Stan ~ Apartment Life is actively seeking partnership opportunities to expand into new cities. Using a type of "franchise" model, a city movement could adopt Apartment Life as one of their foundational strategies. Because Apartment Life has an integrated business model which covers our costs, the main local investment required is to supply leadership.


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Phil ~ How can an LC2City explore a partnership with Apartment Life?

Stan ~ We are excited about the potential to partner with LC2C city reaching movements to accelerate their efforts using the Apartment Life model. Anyone interested in discussing a partnership can email Kiley Haught at kileyhaught@apartmentlife.org or call 877.785.2963


Phil ~ Stan, please write a prayer for the people in apartment communities across our nation - one we will pray along with you ...

Stan ~ Lord would you continue to grant us wisdom and favor as we seek to be faithful to your call to empower the Church to reach apartment communities with the gospel. Protect us from sin that can distract and from the good that may keep us from the best. Give us your eyes and heart to how best to partner with your Body to be more effective in unity.
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