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Come, Learn from an Outstanding Church

January 31, 2012

One of the most amazing churches I’ve visited and follow is New Direction Christian Church, a predominantly African American congregation in an economically challenged section of Memphis, launched in 2001 and today with weekly attendance of over 3,500. Again and again it has demonstrated exemplary leadership in addressing problems faced by the underserved poor, formerly incarcerated and homeless. The church’s membership is predominantly single parents, with a median age of 32, and a median household income of $32,000 to $35,000. New Direction is the real deal in both voicing and demonstrating Jesus’s gospel to its community.

The lead pastor, Dr. Stacy L. Spencer, and the leaders he has assembled do not think small! Most recently New Direction and its Community Development Corporation has partnered with the City of Memphis to build a $50 million community development emphasis to house charter schools, a performing arts center, retail space, green space, and affordable housing. They also have developed an international network of churches in Dutwya, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

How to help others learn from these pioneers? Leadership Network is delighted to partner with New Direction in co-sponsoring a conference titled, “Doing More with Less,” focused on solutions for churches in an urban landscape. Besides getting the insider story and particulars on New Direction’s model, session topics include poverty and social injustice, serving the poor, ministering financially to the “least of these,” and transforming the “hood for good.” Besides hearing from the New Direction team, invited guests include Freddie Haynes of Friendship West Baptist Church, E. Dewey Smith of Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church, Deforest “Buster” Soaries of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Matthew Barnett of the Dream Center Church, Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple, and Floyd Flake of Greater Allen AME Cathedral.

To register for the conference click here.

To learn more about the two-day (4/30-5/1) conference directly from Pastor Stacy Spencer himself, see this just-released video:

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