"Everyone will know you are my disciples if you love one another." John 13:35

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Pastah J is a sought after speaker and writer.  Along with numerous blogs and articles he has contributed to two books: "Banned Questions for Christians" by Christian Piatt and "Making Neighborhoods Whole" by John Perkins and Wayne Gordon and is set to release his debut book Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods.

Jonathan has a Bachelor of Architecture from Tuskegee University, Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University and Master of Divinity from Northern Seminary in Christian Community Development. He hopes to merge his academic knowledge, practical tools and ministry training in order to turn his convictions into tangible solutions which will help change the Greater Englewood neighborhood for future generations.

Speaking Topics Include:
Christian Community Development Philosophy
Rebranding the Urban Pastor/Church
Church-School Partnerships
Reconciliation: Everybody's ministry
Hip-Hop Culture and the Church
Bi-Focal Perspective: Seeing the World as God does...
Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods


CHURCH FORSAKEN: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods

"There are no God-forsaken places, just church-forsaken places." —Jon Fuller, OMF International

     Releasing NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Jonathan Brooks was raised in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. As soon as he was able, he left the community and moved as far away as he could. But through a remarkable turn of events, he reluctantly returned and found himself not only back in Englewood but also serving as a pastor ("Pastah J") and community leader.

In Church Forsaken, Brooks challenges local churches to rediscover that loving our neighbors means loving our neighborhoods. Unpacking the themes of Jeremiah 29, he shows how Christians can be fully present in local communities, building homes and planting gardens for the common good. His holistic vision and practical work offers good news for forgotten people and places. And community stakeholders and civic leaders will rediscover that churches are viable partners in community transformation in ways that they may never have considered.

God has always been at work in neglected neighborhoods. Join Pastah J on this journey and discover new hope for your community.

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"Jonathan Brooks ("Pastah J") is one of the most authentic, credible, and prophetic voices in the church today. Church Forsaken is a holy wake-up call for every Christian to not overlook the beauty in the brokenness around us. This book will have you looking for the glory of God in every place and person including yourself."

Shawn Casselberry, executive director of Mission Year, coauthor of Soul Force: Seven Pivots Toward Courage, Community, and Change

"Church Forsaken brilliantly demonstrates that we love God by loving our neighbor, and one of the primary ways we love our neighbor is by loving our neighborhood. This book is a bold dare to all followers of Jesus to (re)discover the scale of God's good news by becoming faithfully present within our parishes, not just as individuals, but as the body of Christ. Jonathan Brooks fosters a desire within me to be part of a real local church."

Dwight J. Friesen, associate professor of practical theology at the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, author of Thy Kingdom Connected

"Jonathan Brooks is a leader of our time whose commitment to local community, the church, and people gives us an example of pastoral presence that is quite inspiring. Jonathan's commitment to place goes unmatched. The choice to return to a neighborhood that many escape from radiates hope. The stories display the power of presence from unexpected places and push us to believe. I highly recommend this book to read over and over again as a blueprint for community engagement."

Leroy Barber, cofounder of The Voices Project, director of innovation at the United Methodist Church Greater Northwest

"Theology of place is one of the most critical foundations of community transformation. Pastor Jonathan Brooks outlines a biblical and practical approach to understanding the importance of location in the life of a church and Christian communities. The stories told, mistakes made, and victories won in this book are authentic and relevant. I have longed for a book with this level of integrity and wisdom on the topic of the church intentionally living in and with a community. No fronting or faking here. These examples and principles of solidarity and mutuality have transformed Pastor Jonathan's community, may they do the same for all who read and apply it."

Sandra Maria Van Opstal, pastor, activist, author of The Next Worship

"I don't know a more faithful, committed, and compassionate person when it comes to caring for one's neighborhood and truly living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jonathan is for the people—for the hearts and souls that make up a community. He calls all of us good church folks to fall in love with our neighborhoods and join in with the work of renewal that God is up to in communities. Church Forsaken is a call to remember who we are for and what's at stake when we forget each other."

Rozella Haydée White, owner of Restoring Hearts to Wholeness LLC

Already with decades of experience speaking prophetically into the charged racial climate of the American south, John Perkins began to see a need for organized thinking and collaborative imagination about how the church engages urban ministry. And so the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) was born, with Wayne Gordon an immediate and enthusiastic participant. Nearly thirty years later CCDA's eight key components of community development still set the bar for how churches, parachurches and nonprofits engage cities with the whole gospel.

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This latest book in the insightful and entertaining Banned Questions series authored by Christian Piatt addresses fifty questions about Christians that many of us have wondered regarding Hell, sprinkle vs dunk baptism, gay and lesbian issues in ministry, the inconsistencies of communion, the multitude of denominations, God's allowance of suffering in the world, and more...

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"Pastor Brooks uses his talents and abilities, not only in the pulpit but outside the churches walls, to promote the Kingdom agenda and see lives redeemed among the poor which will in turn redeem whole communities."
- John Perkins, Activist, civil rights hero, founder of CCDA
"I recently preached at an African-American church being led by a dynamic, energetic,  pastor on the south side of Chicago named Jonathan Brooks.  I have great hope this ministry will do some serious kingdom damage in that neighborhood." - Noel Castellanos, CEO of Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)
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Pastah J with David Bailey (Arrabon/ Making A Melody), John Perkins (Perkins Center/CCDA) and Lisa Sharon Harper (Freedom Road) on Voices Project Reconnect HBCU Tour.
Pastah J speaking at the CCDA Conference in Memphis, TN

Pastah J speaking at Moody Bible Institute