Euless, Texas: 6 Stones Collaborative Transforming Communities
John Meador experienced "a grief, a heartbreak ... soul-searching, a time of prayer and fasting" when he learned about a woman who had no one to help her after an apartment fire.
The church Meador leads, First Baptist in Euless, Texas, was emerging from millions of dollars in debt and was focused on missions ventures worldwide. Though the church had begun exploring what they could do to help their local community, news of an apartment fire at a complex adjoining the church campus was the last straw.
"It became apparent that we really needed to pay more attention to our Jerusalem," Scott Sheppard told Baptist Press. Meador, president of the SBC Pastors' Conference in 2016, tasked Sheppard, who was serving on the church staff at the time, with finding a way to help the woman who had lost everything, as well as others like her.
What emerged from that challenge was a ministry called 6 Stones which has merged the nonprofit, public and private sectors to transform parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.