Josh & Tanisha Dembicki
This Colorado guy and California gal have called Denver home since 2011 when Joshua embarked on his seminary journey at the Iliff School of Theology. With our two boys, Ari and Kai, we live downtown in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, at one of Providence Network’s apartment buildings supporting those on the path to recovery from homelessness and addiction.
Our mission is to create spaces, develop communities, and build capacity where friends living on the margins of faith and society might find tangible opportunities for growth and transformation. As a critical component of this mission, we seek to invite our friends that live in the center of society to join them in their work on the margins, both through physical presence and by contributing financially to the work they are doing. In this work, we believe God has uniquely prepared us to illuminate beauty, inspire compassion, and invite transformation through intentional interactions with others.
Our work with Urban Skye:
In an effort to bring Urban Skye into a new season of development and growth, I (Tanisha) agreed to go on staff at about ¾ time. In this mission, I am endeavoring to put mygifts of execution and organization (not to mention that MBA) to good use as I come alongside Dave Meserve as a resource, support, and guide. Together, we will develop and implement a strategy for sustained growth, with the goal of more than doubling the scope of Urban Skye’s influence in the Denver metro area over the next year. Additionally, I am a contributing writer for www.invitingliberation.com, of which Josh is co-founder and editor.
I (Josh) am actively involved in launching two initiatives. One is a full-service, home remodeling construction business (Colorado Craft Remodelers) hiring those with barriers to employment; the other is an online magazine where contributors share and engage with those seeking a deeper faith through new ways of experiencing God, Self, and Others, in the context of the Scriptures (www.invitingliberation.com). My home construction business hires and trains men and women transitioning out of homelessness and addiction through residential recovery programs, giving them the opportunity to get out of poverty and into a career.
Our call to the neighborhood was reinforced when we moved and subsequently relocated the weekly community group that we lead into our context. The reality is, most of our "spiritual, but not religious" friends and neighbors will not look to the church for guidance, at least not initially. That does not mean they lack all faith; they just need trusted guides for their journey. As a family, we have also been invited to participate in a 13-month experiential leadership development cohort that will take place in Colorado Springs. We will travel to Colorado Springs from Denver for five weekends throughout the year to participate in this cohort. Through this unique opportunity, we will receive leadership development, spiritual direction, and coaching for sustained missional living in our context. Learn about the Thresholds Community and the coaching and mentoring we will receive.
Weekly Missional Community | Support Team at Providence Network’s Clausen House | Missional Community Mentoring & Leadership Develoment | Online Magazine with Christian Faith Leaders as Contributors | Employee Mentorship Program | Developing and Implementing a Strategy for Growth at Urban Skye