“Empowering the Bay Area” Encourages Leaders to Reach Their Communities with the Gospel

Empowering the Bay Area Panelist Discussion

World Impact held “Empowering the Bay Area” on Saturday, March 23 at Living Hope Neighborhood Church in Richmond, CA. This event gathered anyone interested in a new research release from World Impact and Barna and offered practical suggestions for empowering those in Bay Area communities  experiencing poverty.

In 2023, Barna released a profound study in partnership with World Impact called “Inside the Urban  Church: How local congregations engage with and impact their communities.” This study provides reliable data concerning churches that serve demographically diverse, densely populated, and financially limited communities in cities across the country.

Rev. Dr. Alvin Sanders, President and CEO of World Impact, presented elements of this research to  those in attendance and gave keen insights into the meaning behind the raw data. Church leaders,  layleaders, and denominational overseers made up a majority of those in attendance.

Dr. Sanders engaged with the gathering in a personal way and received physical and verbal affirmations of agreement to the data points and commentary throughout the event. He encouraged local pastors  and leaders to make their church buildings available to community life on days other than Sunday to reach their communities with the Gospel.

Panel Discussion

After Dr. Sanders’ presentation, World Impact’s SVP of Advancement Sarah Jeffries introduced the  discussion panel, and Yvonne Tejeda guided the group through an insightful conversation.

Shantell Owens, co-pastor of Genesis Church in Antioch, CA, Dave Clark, pastor of Living Hope  Neighborhood Church in Richmond, CA, John Cunningham, Jr., pastor of Christ-Centered Missionary  Baptist Church in Hayward, CA, Bishop Brondon Reems, pastor of Center of Hope Community Church in Oakland, CA, Alvin Bernstine, founder and dean of the Bay Area Academy of Responsible Preaching, and Sabrina Saunders, founder of The One Accord Project made up the group of discussion panelists.

Networking Opportunities

After lunch, attendees stayed and networked with each other and discussed ways to partner with one  another to better reach Bay Area communities with the Gospel. They also received an invitation to  connect with World Impact Ministry Developer Damon Owens for follow-up and guidance for ministry.

The Holy Spirit gathered this group of leaders and workers together, and attendees left the event  encouraged and motivated to faithfully serve their communities.