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September 8, 2021 48 min

 #004 - Few churches have the taken up the challenge of tackling systemic poverty at a community level like the Church of the Messiah on Detroit's East Side. Fearlessly and humbly, this church is seeking to do those 'greater things' Jesus talked about. Under the leadership of their pastor Barry Randolph, and with a clear vision from Father God, Church of the Messiah is focusing their efforts on community-based economic development.  The result is that they are making a significant impact on the lives of local people  for the Kingdom of God.

Church of the Messiah has 200 housing units (a $48 million dollar investment), a business incubation centre, a medical clinic, employment office,  is the internet provider to the neighbourhood, and has a whole lot more on the go.  The congregation is mixed race with more than half of the congregation being African American males under the age of 30.

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For nearly 20 years, Pastor Barry has been leading personal and community transformation at Church of the Messiah and helping the local residents of Islandview Neighbourhood to reach their full potential.  This is their story.

During the podcast Barry explains:

  • His story of coming to Church of the Messiah 
  • How one neighbourhood considered by some as a 'blank spot', was for the church a jewel
  • How making God tangible leads to changing reality
  • What the "Master's Plan' is all about
  • Messiah's innovation centre and business development stories
  • How to help God's people turn ideas/thoughts by faith into reality
  • What the 'hood version' of church looks and feels like
  • How to see  our communities healed
  • A better way to work: more in the highways and byways
  • [*Please see audio player for chapter markers and time stamps*]

    For full show notes and/or If you'd like to learn more about bridging the gap between church and community, head to:

    http://www.in2neighbourhoods.com/outofpoverty

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