Join us in Atlanta…

FCS has been working in under-resourced neighborhoods in Atlanta for almost 40 years. 

Three times a year, FCS welcomes leaders, innovators and practitioners from all over the country who come for two-days to learn about our model for community development. 

We would love to share our story and strategies with you. Come and learn from our founder Dr. Bob Lupton, president Jim Wehner and executive director Katie Delp, along with various FCS neighbors and staff. Experience historic South Atlanta, the neighborhood where FCS is currently working.

Monday, March 16- Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Monday, 9:30a-12:30p. Have you read Toxic Charity? Are you leading a ministry or organization that needs to change it’s way of engaging those experiencing poverty? Sign up for our Pre-Open House workshop, “Changing the Charity Paradigm.” Get equipped with the tools you will need to lead your organization or church through the difficult process of change. Led by our dynamic team at The Lupton Center. (Lunch on your own)  


Monday, 2:30p-7:30p. Afternoon Session, Dinner and Plenary with FCS Founder and author, Bob Lupton. This will be a presentation on the Mission, Vision, and Values that have shaped FCS’s 40-years of Community Development in Atlanta. Led by the director of The Lupton Center Dr. Shawn Duncan.

Tuesday, 8a-2p. We will begin the day with a walking tour of our neighborhood looking at it’s rich history and our role within the community. This walk is about 1.5 miles. With a number of stops to meet people and see our programs, it takes about 2 hours. After the tour we do an examination of the FCS philosophy and key pillars in our community development model: Neighborhood Engagement, Mixed-Income Housing, and Economic Development.


Tuesday, 2:30p-4p. Need to go deeper? Following the traditional Open House sessions we are excited to offer four separate 90-minute private sessions to help organizations begin to reimagine their neighborhood through the lens of flourishing. Explore Mixed Income Housing with FCS President, Jim Wehner, or gain a deeper understanding of Neighborhood Engagement with FCS Executive Director, Katie Delp. Learn how complex and strategic community development methods can be integrated into best practices for your unique context from Lupton Center Trainers Donell Woodson, Monica Evans and Shawn Duncan. Conversations can include topics about Pride for Parents, Intentional Neighboring, Flourishing Neighborhood Index, City Shapers, Leaders Lab, SPIRE Assessment, Housing Proforma and Strategy. One ticket is good for all members of your team.

There are only 5 slots available for this opportunity (2:30-4p each). Buying one ticket gets your team access to one of these five private 90-minute sessions.