WHAT IS TRANSFORMATION JACKSON?
Transformation Jackson is a faith-based community development movement founded in 2007. In February 2007, a group of church and business leaders who had worked together to lead two very successful Promise Keepers events in Jackson, met to share their concerns about the capitol city. Transformation Jackson was conceived in that meeting, but given birth at a follow-up meeting in October at the Edison-Walthall hotel where over 100 leaders from different racial and religious backgrounds met to examine the needs, concerns and possible solutions to the challenges in Metro Jackson.
The goal of Transformation Jackson is to work with churches, businesses, and civic organizations to network resources and needs to see the Jackson Metro area transformed into a spiritual, prosperous and safe place for individuals and families to live and work. This goal is being accomplished as Transformation Jackson serves as a clearing-house for connecting resources and opportunities, facilitating the formation of partnerships and collaboration, and encouraging various ministries serving in the Metro area.
Transformation Jackson seeks to support and encourage Metro pastors through The Pastor’s Connection, a monthly meeting of pastors, and an annual Pastor’s Retreat. Pastors are the spiritual overseers for the city and their counsel and influence are critical to seeing Jackson transformed. SHINE is an annual event sponsored by Transformation Jackson that unites thousands of volunteers across racial and denominational lines to serve the community on the first Saturday in March. Transformation Jackson has been involved in seeking to work with the City of Jackson and law enforcement agencies to reduce crime in the Metro. Economic development is another concern being addressed through efforts connected with Transformation Jackson.