Theory of Change

Nurturing spiritual wellbeing in communities

We recognize that we live in a time of violence and disconnect.  Current operating systems based on power, greed and fear perpetuate poverty, ecological degradation, and dislocation around the world.

Our work is to nurture the roots of spiritual wellbeing so that communities may be empowered to better serve one another in the places they live.

Theory of Change

Building more life-giving systems involves three simple practice


1. Welcoming the most vulnerable with respect and dignity.

2. Evoking people's gifts and capacities.

3. Putting those gifts to work in service of the common good.

We draw on several great bodies of work to inform our approach

Servant Leadership

Exploring brokenness, healing, gifts and missional call in community so that individuals and institutions may become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants (Robert Greenleaf)

Healing Centered Engagement

Understanding the neuroscience of trauma and toxic stress in people’s lives, with a focus on story telling that builds resilience, diversity in shared experiences, and a deeper sense of belonging in community

Empowered Worldview

Changing beliefs, mindsets and behaviors in light of God’s plan for the world, thus replacing dependency with human dignity and purpose, and reclaiming a belief in the ability of people to transform their own lives


Rooted in Spiritual Wellbeing

Just as a tree is only as strong as the root structure upon which it stands, we believe that strong roots are foundational to the healing and growth of flourishing communities. Rather than focus on project-based outputs or services, our goal is to nurture spiritual wellbeing, thus healing and reconciling people’s connections to God, self, others, and place (shalom).


As people grow and become more rooted in such values as purpose, dignity, agency, respect, belonging, trust, accountability, and stewardship, stronger branches emerge, bearing sustainable fruits for future generations.



Omar Escalera

Omar Escalera grew up at our Vista Hermosa community many years ago.  During his time there, by his own words, he struggled to make sense of the things that had been done to him – at age 12 no one had asked him if he ...