The Cincinnati Chapter of the Collective Empowerment Group (CEG) launched as a non-profit organization in 2008. During its nearly 10 year history, it has been exciting to see how much CEG has grown. We have more than 22 Member Churches and 45 Strategic Business Partners. This cooperation between the church and business is known as marketplace ministry which is “The directing of evangelism and other Christian activities toward the secular marketplace.” The basic principle of doing good while doing well is a tenet of a marketplace ministry as well as invoking Christian principles in your everyday life including your business or workplace. We are extremely proud of the work CEG has done since our launched. As CEG moves forward, we look for ways we can:
– Assist small businesses in their growth and development;
– Assist the community with self-empowerment as it relates to housing, jobs and personal financial literacy.
The recent economic challenges facing the African American community has prompted us to expand our efforts to impact our communities. In addition to our many programs, we are a partner in CEAI – Community Economic Advancement Initiative – which is managing the development of affordable housing, providing jobs and job training for community members and through our covenant banking partner, CenterBank of Milford, providing financing for the purchasing of these homes. This is just one of the innovative ways to deliver behavior-driven services to the community. As we look toward the future, we are looking for new ways to continue to give back to the community. As a non-profit, Christian focus organization, we are investing in socially progressive and impactful projects, such as the CEAI. Additionally, we are always adjusting and improving our offerings based on what our business and community members want and need. The history of the Cincinnati Chapter of CEG has been full of wonderful and exciting changes, but I am looking forward to the next part of the journey for CEG; anxiously waiting to “see what the end will be…”