Recent Posts & Updates

Empowerment Theology

Many times when Christ was declaring or demonstrating that the Kingdom of God was near, He did so through interactions with the marginalized, oppressed, and physically challenged.

Do As I Have Done

Darryl approached the Mobile Medical check-in with a limp… As he answered some basic questions, I was surprised when he said his age. A hard life had added many years to his face.

Believing in the Urban Poor

Last week I was watching a story about terrorist groups on cable news. The largest target group for recruitment in many cases are unemployed young men from under-resourced communities.

Church Leaders’ Luncheon- Chester, PA

In June, more than 60 local pastors and church leaders met at Mt. Olive Baptist Church to be encouraged by World Impact President Efrem Smith and to learn more about TUMI Chester.

Child Discipline: Spare the Switch?

The recent news about Minnesota Vikings Running Back, Adrian Peterson whooping his 4 year son excessively with a switch has sparked a lot of discussion throughout social media.

King’s Kids Bible Club

Seventeen years ago, a World Impact church plant in Newark started the King’s Kids Bible Club. It continues as a ministry of World Impact today.

Violent and Passive Men in the Church

With the releasing of the TMZ video showing NFL player Ray Rice punching his then fiancée so hard that she was knocked unconscious, we once again see that domestic violence is a serious and tragic issue among professional athletes.

East Coast Ministry Update

Butch Patrick is an East Coast World Impact Associate, serving in Philadelphia, PA. He is involved in many endeavors in his neighborhood to bring transformation and the Kingdom to life.

Homeless to Hopeful

Peter came to work at the World Impact Thrift Store (WITS) through a job-assessment program.

A Wedding You Won’t Read About in People Magazine

These days, weddings have taken on a life of their own… This was lodged in the back of my mind as my husband Daren and I made our way to Hutchinson Correctional Facility to attend a very different kind of wedding.

Empowerment Through Urban Christian Education

I am a product of the urban church and the urban public school system. I am proud that I didn’t have to go outside of the city to get the ministry, education, mentoring, coaching, accountability, and standards of excellence I needed to become the empowered leader I am today.

Growing Excitement for Reading in Newark

To decide how they feel about a book, my students look at the cover, read the title, and—if vaguely intrigued—flip open the book to see the pictures, or lack thereof.

Ferguson and the Church

As President and CEO of World Impact, a follower of Christ, and an African-American male, I have been deeply grieved by the death of Michael Brown and the events that have followed in Ferguson, Missouri.

A Teacher and a Friend

I am a teacher: I tie shoe laces, break up and reconcile fights, plan lessons like a well-oiled machine… But at the end of the day, my biggest hope is that I am a friend.

Wichita Mobile Dental Clinic Brings Smiles

The needs of the homeless are numerous and often undocumented… Often homeless men and women go to the ER and receive minimal care or stop in a clinic where they are shuffled through so the next patient can be seen.

Racial Profiling, Thug-ology, and the Church

I know what it’s like to be racially profiled. I believe that racial profiling can systemically be dismantled. There must be increased cross-cultural training and racial competency development of officers.