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Ten years ago I started a church within the housing projects of Flatbush Gardens in Brooklyn, NY. My goal was to be a father to the fatherless, serving through community outreaches and identifying and equipping leaders through the preaching and teaching of the gospel.
When working with men and women who have spent years in the cycle of addiction, it is common to hear them say that they are “addicted to chaos.” Any kind of success feels uncomfortable, so they quickly sabotage their circumstances in order to move back to a place of disorder.
All of history is moving toward the consummation of the Kingdom of God, expressed in Jesus’ Great Commission.
After a bullet came through the window of Good Samaritan Church on Avon Avenue in Newark, the pastor gave me a challenge to do something to change our community. Then God gave me a vision to shut down the violence on Avon Avenue just for one day. Within a month, that powerful vision came into fruition through an event called The Power of One Unity Day Festival.
One of the ways we resource urban leaders is through our World Impact Associates program. An Associate is an independent contractor who incubates and/or plants churches, forms Urban Church Associations, develops Siafu Chapters, conducts select urban ministry projects, or establishes additional satellite campuses of The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI).