urban initiatives bishop blake speaks

The COGIC Urban Initiatives

The COGIC Urban Initiatives target family and economic development, at-risk youth, financial literacy and community revitalization.

Young men of West Angeles COGIC, including Minister Donnie Briggs.

Dear Beloved,

God blessed us as a people with infinitely greater opportunities than any other black people on the face of the earth. But we are blessed to reach out to those of us who are less fortunate, and to lift them and help them. None of us  can remain satisfied in a community which is blessed and prosperous until we reach out and bless everyone in that community.

I pray that, in this season, every one of us stands upon our watch, and goes to God and pray:

“God, I just don’t want to stand by; I want to make a positive impact on earth. Please make me a positive influence on life on earth; make me a positive influence on my children, on my family, on my community. God, please show me what you would have me to do.  Please show me the direction you want me to go.”

As Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, I’ve asked every one of our 12,000 churches across the globe to incorporate into their operations five areas of emphasis. We call this the Church of God In Christ Urban Initiatives.

The five areas are:
1. Education – Education and work skills are key to family stability and community growth. This includes mentoring, tutoring, and Christian education.
2. Economic Development –  A church can offer services such as job training, employment counseling and assistance, and entrepreneurship programs.
3. Crime Prevention – Develop alternative programs to proactively keep young people out of a life of crime, and to create collaborative relationships with law enforcement.
4. Family – Create programs to strengthen the family, with a special emphasis on the role of fathers.
5. Financial Literacy – Include programs for both young people and adults which highlight the importance of saving, owning real estate, and wealth-building.

Some of the best and brightest leaders in our denomination have been assigned to spearhead the success of these programs across the nation. If every church has these five initiatives at work, there will be 60,000 programs in inner city America impacting our nation, impacting our cities, and impacting our communities across our nation. West Angeles Church of God In Christ has all five of these areas well covered, and we must expand even more.

We need your gifts, your skills, and your involvement, and we look forward to working with you. You, too, are Blessed to be a Blessing.

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
Church of God in Christ, Inc.

For more information on COGIC’s nation-wide initiatives and urban development programs, please CLICK HERE to go to the COGIC URBAN INITIATIVES page.

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