Urban Christian Leadership

On April 8, 2014 Civil Rights Leaders and Organizations in Florida and California will unite in effort to “Restore the Balance of Justice” to Communities.

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Break the Grip of Shame Rally  Tuesday, April 8, 2014 -- Florida State Capitol (Waller Park)
Break the Grip of Shame Rally
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — Florida State Capitol (Waller Park)

By Gregg L. Greer, One World, Editor

Multiple Civil Rights, Faith based organizations and Social Justice coalitions are coming together in a “Multi National” cooperative on April 8, 2014 to begin the work in Restoring the Balance of Justice,” to communities across the country.

On Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am hundreds are expected at both the State Capitol’s of Florida and The California State Capitol as “sister rallies” to “take a stand,” and to question, also combat the senseless and growing community violence and as they are also in opposition of national level laws-that are negatively affecting communities. Their concern is centered but against issues ranging on everything from Immigration Violence to Police Brutality and everything in between.

 

On Tuesday April 8, 2014-Hundreds are expected at both the State Capitol's of Florida and The California State Capitol as "sister rallies" to "take a stand,"
On Tuesday April 8, 2014-Hundreds are expected at both the State Capitol’s of Florida and The California State Capitol as “sister rallies” to “take a stand.”

 

In both state’s Florida and California coalitions agree and see that the growing need for “Urban Leadership,” has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden and the negative effects are widespread in communities across the country for citizens who have to live in their existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day. The coalitions also believe that they could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps if they had “more” solid leadership to represent and advocate, them, also they urge that the “state of wellness,” may change, both nationally and worldwide.

Break The Grip of Shame Rally-Tuesday April 8, 2014
Break The Grip of Shame Rally-Tuesday April 8, 2014

In Florida on April 8, 2014 at 9:30 a.m On the Anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain has prompted a global effort to combat Florida’s controversial law.
Stand Your Ground.

The theme is “BREAK THE GRIP of Shame,” because in Florida The number of questionable cases is increasing, mostly defense attorneys are using “Stand Your Ground” or sometimes referred as (S.Y.G) in ways state legislators never envisioned. It (S.Y.G) has been invoked in dozens of cases with minor or no injuries. For example, It has also been used by a self-described “vampire” in Pinellas County, a Miami man arrested with a single marijuana cigarette, a Fort Myers homeowner who shot a bear and a West Palm Beach jogger who beat a “Jack Russell” Terrier to death.

People often go free under “Stand Your Ground” in cases that seem to make a mockery of what lawmakers intended. One man killed two unarmed people and walked out of jail. Another shot a man as he lay on the ground. Others went free after shooting their victims in the back. In nearly a third of the cases, the Times analyzed, defendants initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim — and still went free.

Human Rights Leaders from around the State of Florida have been invited to participate in a multinational protest rally against, Stand Your Ground, and Police brutality starting in Florida with calls to hundreds of students from FAMU, Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College and joined members of the Latino, Arabic, and labor protection communities to answer the call to protest at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on April 8, 2014 this effort will be joined by similar efforts from around this country.

 

In a recent interview Reverend Reginald Gundy Florida State President from the Southern

Florida "S.C.L.C" is one of the major organizations participating on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally
The Florida “S.C.L.C” is one of the major organizations participating on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally

Christian Leadership Conference went on to call Florida possibly the last “Birmingham” of the South,” he continued, saying that it may be time to put “boots on the ground,” which might mean going after the economic system in the state, though he did not specify how that might happen.

The march is also had a strong emphasis on Community Violence against women, and immigrants. Example due to the rising amount of hate crimes against undocumented immigrants in Florida directed against Hispanics, Arab, and Muslims for the fourth consecutive year is particularly noteworthy and worrisome because the number of hate crimes committed against other racial, ethnic, and religious groups has over the same period shown either no increase or a decrease.

According to Gregg L. Greer the Florida Rally lead organizer, “The toxic environment in Florida and abroad, in which hateful rhetoric targets immigrants and women-while the number of hate crimes against Hispanics and others perceived to be immigrants steadily increases, This has caused an of heightened sense of fear in communities around the country.”

Immigrant rights are high on the agenda
Immigrant rights are high on the agenda

 

“We want to build a layer of protection, around immigrants, because we know that many are a target, and also they do not readily call for “police services because of their immigrant status.” Women are usually targeted due to domestic violence issues,: All must be combated, because they prevent us from being effective in communities across the country.

Starting April 8, 2014 9:30am State Capital at (WALLER PARK) 500 Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-Across from the Supreme Court

Florida must “Break the Grip of Shame.” !!!

For more information on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally! Freedom First International, and the effort to stop “Stand Your Ground” email-freedom1stsclc.gg@gmail.com or call (855) 612-7771 and leave a message.

For Florida All event information and can be found on https://www.facebook.com/events/712321675457991/

 

In California on April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am p.s.t Families United March on State Capital Sacramento

Over 21 families, are asking to California Attorney General Kamlia D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California to review the "Policemen's Bill of Rights" and police policy due to the rising use of excessive force by citizen murders.
Over 21 families, are asking to California Attorney General Kamlia D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California to review the “Policemen’s Bill of Rights” and police policy due to the rising use of excessive force by citizen murders.

The  State Capitol in Sacramento, California  for the United Families of California at the fifth annual Victims’ Rights March is a call to action for victims and their supporters to come together as they do every year on the steps of the California State Capitol to have their voices heard by their elected officials. This event is not considered a memorial, but rather a rally in which we encourage victims to visit their legislator’s offices and let them know how you feel about public safety issues. The California Coalitions and one of the leading organizers is the Oscar Grant Foundation,  and their Executive Director: Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson and will be joined by over 21 families of victims murdered by Police and most of the “Police Brutality” murders are in question and have current investigations.  for more information you may visit the following links https://www.facebook.com/events/155737031274252/

Oscar Grat Foundation, and joined by over 21 families of victims murdered by Police and most of the "Police Brutality" murders. http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/
Oscar Grant Foundation, will be joined by over 21 families of victims murdered by Police and most of the “Police Brutality” murders.
http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/

California fights the Police Bill of Rights

Over 21 families, are asking to California Attorney General Kamlia D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California to repeal the “Policemen’s Bill of Rights” police policy due to the rising excessive “force”  citizen murders. They believe that officials are ignoring the fact that in California “Police brutality” there is a persistent problem.. The coalitions are calling this effect “State sponsored violence.”

One of the focal points of their agenda is in opposition-to those who know of the “Thin Blue Line,” think that this standard is “extremely,” questionable and is a code that compels a bad police or bad group of police to obey their own makeshift set of laws binding only to themselves.” “They are becoming like a “Gang,” states, according to one observer. While many Family foundations are leading the charge (too many to list)

One notable case was the case of Oscar Grant III (above, right) who was fatally shot by BART (Metro Train) police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant, who was lying face down and allegedly resisting arrest. Officer Mehserle stood and, according to his attorney, said: “Get back, I am gonna tase him. Then Mehserle drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back. During his court testimony, Mehserle said that Grant then exclaimed, “You shot me! Grant was unarmed; he was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Grant’s Death and the incident are the basis of the 2013 film Fruitvale Station. Fruitvale Station” followed the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan). The Oscar Grant Foundation has continued to work tirelessly for “just”  cause the effort includes this rally. Go to view the following links for more information on the march.

For more information on the California Rally! go to http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com  or https://www.facebook.com/events/155737031274252 to sign up for the event.

For questions and event information  email the oscargrantfoundation@gmail.com 

 

Fruitvale Station" followed the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan)
Fruitvale Station” followed the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan). The Oscar Grant Foundation has continued to work tirelessly for “just”  cause.

The Growing need for Urban Leadership In today’s modern age-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in our society and in communities across the world who live in their existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day. If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in Urban Communities across the country-Then we could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change.

What you can do to support this cause!

What can we as concern citizens, block club leaders and others do to stop violence? One thought is to be informed, find out what is out there, get involved. In FLORIDA and CALIFORNIA, theses organizations are partnering with other leadership/communicate about Violence Prevention in communities as a first step to educate everyone. (example, above)

Dr. King Later in the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” stated, “law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” 

 

"Letter from a Birmingham Jail  April  16,1963
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail
April 16,1963

It is time to stop the onslaught. .. That is destroying our children and our communities. It’s time to help each other build communities at which point each of our kids, teens, and adults can seem sheltered and secure from crime,

We all must make the decision to:

•identify and raise consciousness of violence in all its forms;

•challenge the societal norm that violence is a normal part of life;

•help people own both the problem and the solutions, shifting the focus of action from the streets to the home and community;

•influence people to choose specific actions and behaviors that work and are positive, healthy and peaceful;

•encourage individuals to reduce violence; and;

•create a culture of peace, hope and trust by living this way to teach by example

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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, and Social Activist. Gregg Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals can reached at one1worldtoday@gmail.com

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The Growth of Violence in Urban Communities- Mobilizing a Serious Response

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Gun's seized in one raid in Chicago
Gun’s seized in one raid in Chicago

Posted on March 24, 2014

By Gregg L. Greer, One World, Editor

     One(1) World. Just-This Saturday and Sunday at minimum two people were killed and 19 others wounded at the end of the week disorder across Chicago, officials said. The newest occurrence took place around 4:30 a.m. when a 25-year-old husband was murdered during an obvious burglary. It’ what one sociologist describes as the income gap and like it the “crime gap” — are distinct trademarks of variation in urban America, he worries it’s only getting wider

It’s time to stop the onslaught. .. That is destroying our children and our communities. It’s time to help each other build communities at which point each of our kids, teens, and adults can seem sheltered and secure from crime, But taking residents into account, Chicago had a murder rate of 18.7 for every 100,000 people, below Detroit, New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore, Newark, Oakland, Cleveland — even Flint, Michigan, and Birmingham, Alabama.

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Chicago-gun-violence-deaths-shootings

At the immediate moment a few organizations call for the importance on school for children, not gangs, and formulation of school programs for children more likely to become an offender or to become victimized. This work is absolutely needed nationally, notwithstanding, children proceed home to their parents. They see their parents more than they are in school, and examining behaviors and essential tools that a child carries out into the world with him or her are carried down by parents; accordingly, more accountability in the home ought to be enforced in order to bring about more meaningful change. It is, of course, indisputable that the help of communities and schools is in need, but parents need to be thoroughly informed about wherever it is their child is going to school, work, play, etc. This is vital to know what people and their children may be facing every day and what conditions are influencing their child when he or she is not at home under their wing Example-Black, white, and Hispanic adolescents living in Urban communities with a high level of violent crime. One research study showed Adolescents (n = 225, 44% male) 11 to 19 years of age living in or around nine housing projects in an urban area were administered an anonymous questionnaire.

July 23, 2012  Lloyd Morgan killed during gunfight. Bronx, NY
July 23, 2012 Lloyd Morgan killed during gunfight. Bronx, NY

For instance, The Wall street Journal reported sadly, on July 23, 2012 that Lloyd Morgan, a little boy, was playing on the playground and was shot in the head during a gunfight on a basketball court on that tragic Sunday night, in the Bronx by two gunmen fired from behind an adjacent basketball court. These stories are becoming more common everyday in communities around the world.

We must examine social and psychological factors associated with the use and non use of violence inside and outside of our communities because it is not just about attacks by strangers-Violence holds victims, families, friends, and community’s hostage. It tears neighborhoods apart or restricts them from coming together. Violence assumes numerous forms. Assaults, rapes, robberies, and homicides are directly violent, but crimes like burglary are often cloaked in violence and cause sometimes-paralyzing fear. We must know everyone in our communities. why because research shows that almost half the rapes in this country, the rapist was acquainted with the victim. In more than half the murders, the murderer and victim knew each other said, Gregg L Greer, Senior Editor at One(1)world.

Chicago has been plagued with violence,
Chicago has been plagued with violence,

Protect and Train the Youth early to stop exposure to violence.

Mothers and fathers have to defend their children from both victimization and being victimizers, we must consider measures towards building a safe area for their children, know what their children know and who are friends with, as well as make sure to be alongside their child if they feel that their child could risk being a part of a dangerous situation. The mother suffered no injuries. This mother was present at the time of her son’s fatal playground session, and, though there is no evidence to show that she was not paying as best attention to her son as she could, this example shows that even being present and aware of surroundings is not enough when it comes to protecting a child in some dangerous parts of town. Sometimes, even more precautions ought to be taken.

When The “murder capital” headline was given to Chicago last fall after the FBI released its 2012 crime statistics and Chicago had more homicides than any other U.S. city with 503 — even more than New York, which has three times the population.

RESULTS. Self-reported use of violence was compared with exposure to violence and personal victimization, hopelessness, despair, family conflict, unwarranted corporal punishment, purpose in life, self-assessment of the probability of being alive at age 25, and age and was higher among males.

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April 8, 2014 Rally in Tallahassee, Florida State Capitol (Waller Park) on Community Violence-Prevention

Community Involvement can change the panorama of violence.

A few years ago-The residents of Seattle, Washington, led by their mayor, have started a citywide crusade against violence. One key component is Partners Against Youth Violence an alliance of more than two dozen agencies and organizations seeking “to prevent youth gun violence by educating the community, specifically young people and their parents, about the importance of youth gun possession and associated gun violence.” Partners include major local hospital — crisis clinics, school administrators, several civic and professional groups, the prosecutor’s office, the city council, the state medical association, and the police department’s crime prevention — youth, D.A.R.E., and school safety units.

It’s easy to say you’re against violence. But actively working to make peace in your community is a little more difficult. It means you understand what violence is. And you know it when you see it.

What can we as concern citizens, block club leaders and others do to stop violence? One thought is to be informed, find out what is out there, get involved. In FLORIDA, Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are partnering with other leadership/communicate about Violence Prevention in communities as a first step to educate everyone. (example, above)

Make the decision to:

•identify and raise consciousness of violence in all its forms;

•challenge the societal norm that violence is a normal part of life;

•help people own both the problem and the solutions, shifting the focus of action from the streets to the home and community;

•influence people to choose specific actions and behaviors that work and are positive, healthy and peaceful;

•encourage individuals to reduce violence; and;

•create a culture of peace, hope and trust by living this way to teach by example

Remembering Dr. King's nonviolence approach
Remembering Dr. King’s nonviolence approach

It been longer than 30 years since Dr. King, who spoke so eloquently in support of nonviolence, was himself a victim of homicide. In the years since, many hundreds of interventions have been developed and implemented in isolation from one another. The time has come to realize that successful violence prevention involves multiple interventions and multiple partners. It is time for those from all fields of study interested in violence prevention to come together and do the hard work of thinking through a comprehensive solution. GlG##

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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker,  Pastor, Life Coach, and Social Activist. Gregg Greer is the Senior Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com

Florida leaders Prepare to fight “Break TheGrip of Shame”-Stand Your Ground Must Go!

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By Gregg L.Greer, One World, Editor

Renisha-Mcbride-Funeral murder using Stand Your Ground as a defense
Renisha Mcbride’s  Funeral
Her murderer using Stand Your Ground as a defense

On Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am hundreds are expected at the State Capitol to rally in question of a law that senselessly expands the concept of self-defense and sows dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.

Last year, the Tampa Bay Times  analyzed 134 fatal Florida cases in which the Stand Your Ground defense was raised or played a role.  Out of the 134, 19 percent of the cases involved the deaths of children or teens. Another 14 involved victims were 20 or 21, and another 8 teens were injured in nonfatal cases.  It seems as though these Stand Your Ground laws aren’t doing anything to deter  violence, but encouraging it and adding to the murder rate.

Break The Grip of Shame Rally-Tuesday April 8, 2014
Break The Grip of Shame Rally-Tuesday April 8, 2014 9:30 am

Break The Grip of Shame Rally-Tuesday April 8, 2014 9:30 am

Stand Your Ground is one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation ever known in America since organized “lynching.” If you maintain “stand your ground” as the reason you shot at and killed someone, whatever happens to you can depend less on the merits of the case than on who you are, and in whatever state your case is decided.” said Reverend  Gregg Greer a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Rally Lead Organizer-We want everyone to STAND WITH US!

 

Starting April 8, 2014 9:30am State Capital at (WALLER PARK) 500 Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-Across from the Supreme Court

  Florida must “Break the Grip of Shame.” !!!

For more information on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally! Freedom First International, and the effort to stop “Stand Your Ground”  email-freedom1stsclc.gg@gmail.com or call (855) 612-7771 and leave a message.

                All event information and  can be found on  https://www.facebook.com/events/712321675457991/ 

                         For More information you may email One World editorial at One1worldtoday@gmail.com

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Selma to Montgomery-(A Great Moment in History)

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By Gregg L Greer, One World, Editor

On this date in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson informed Alabama’s Governor George Wallace that he will utilize federal authority to order the Alabama National Guard to control a prepared civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

Bloody Sunday March
Bloody Sunday March 7, 1965

Bullying and bigotry had earlier blocked Selma’s black population–over half the city–from registering and voting.

On Sunday, March 7, 1965, a gathering of 600 demonstrators marched on the capital city of Montgomery to oppose this disenfranchisement and the earlier murder of a black man, Jimmie Lee Jackson, by a state patrolman. In brutal scenes that aired on television, state and local police assaulted the marchers with billy clubs and tear gas. TV spectators far and wide were outraged by the pictures, and a protest march was organized just forty eight hours after “Bloody Sunday” by Martin Luther King, Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). King directed the marchers to turn back around, nevertheless, rather than carry out the march without federal constitutional support.

After an Alabama federal judge ruled on March 18
After an Alabama federal judge ruled on March 18

After an Alabama federal judge ruled on March 18 that a third march could go forward, President Johnson and his advisers worked instantly to find a way to guarantee the protection of King and his demonstrators on their passage from Selma to Montgomery. The most compelling obstacle in their way was Governor Wallace, an outspoken anti-integrationist who was reluctant to use any state funds on guarding the demonstrators. Hours after vowing to Johnson–in phone calls recorded by the White House–that he would order out the Alabama National Guard to preserve order, Wallace went on television and charged that Johnson should send in federal troops instead.

Johnson himself was calling the guard up and giving them all required support
Johnson himself was calling the guard up and giving them all required support

Infuriated, Johnson then ordered Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach to write a press release stating that because Wallace refused to use the 10,000 prepared guardsmen to preserve order in his state, Johnson himself was calling the guard up and giving them all required support. Some days following, 50,000 marcher joined King in an amazing 54 miles, under the observant perceptions of state and federal troops.

 King delivered his famous "How Long, Not Long" speech from the steps of the Capitol building.
King delivered his famous “How Long, Not Long” speech from the steps of the Capitol building.

Entering safely in Montgomery on March 25, all attended when King delivered his famous “How Long, Not Long” speech from the steps of the Capitol building. The dispute between Johnson and Wallace–and Johnson’s decisive response–was a significant turning point in the civil rights crusade. Within five months, Congress had enacted the Voting Rights Act, which Johnson boastfully endorsed into law on August 6, 1965.

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The Necessity of Urban Christian Leadership

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The Necessity of Urban Christian Leadership

By Gregg L Greer, One World
Concentrated Urban Leadership is greatly needed in modern age
Concentrated Urban Leadership is greatly needed in the modern age

In today’s modern age-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in our society and in communities across the world who live in their existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day. If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in Urban Communities across the country-Then we could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change.
The series “The Necessity of Urban Christian Leadership.” is sponsored and facilitated by the Urban Christian leadership Institute, and it is our opening season effort that will present the viewpoint of multiple Leaders, from around the country these specialist are, civic, faith, and political leaders as well as educators. Our study will focus on three major areas that have affected the ideas that people have with concerns to Urban Christian Leadership quality or lack of;

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Poverty in a Spiritual Sense
A well noted Peruvian Theologian and Dominican Priest Gustavo Gutierrez who is regarded as the Founder of Liberation Theology in his writings help us establish our theory for “For Poverty in a Spiritual Sense” for Gutierrez the problem increases when one sees that among the poor there is an “absence of recognition of their own human dignity and of their condition as daughters and sons of God.”
Poverty in a Social Sense
Despite all the technological advancements of the age and a continuous increase in the average level of current indications of well-being, poverty has persisted as an extremely serious problem and is rising in various sectors of the planet, including some of the greatest industrialized countries. Increasingly, it has forced itself upon the attention of the international community and presents a problem for any leadership to engage. The question is why?

Many would ask What is the need for leadership in Urban communities, and why are we focusing on Christian leadership, as opposed to the whole spectrum of leadership, or lack thereof?

Urban Christian leaders must be determined to demonstrate their engagement in the community and how to lead their people in essential ‘hope messages,’ in order to secure the word of truth in the presence of hardship.
At first, that may mean slower faith extension, but at some point the very declaration of the church is promoting a true community in the midst of tribalism, which may be the spiritual indication of God in which renders hope for the dying urban city

What you and I should want (need) the people at home to think about during this study series is that when times are tough , and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may feel like a remedy. This does not necessarily work in the real world. Definitely, what works in the real world is cooperation. Urban Christian Leaders must understand with clarity that what works in the real world is cooperation, business and government, foundations and universities.

We have to inspire a New American Citizen in urban communities who believes with no doubt that we can build the American Dream, with real opportunities accompanied by fundamental fairness for all and for poor folks to work their way into it. Over the next six months our efforts will take around the country, with interviews and educational training from the brightest minds today. urbanchristianleadershipinst@gmail.com or call 855 612-7771

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Gregg Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, and Social Activist Gregg Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com.

Is Today’s Church Failing to get the Message out!

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
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ChurchFor over 100 years now we the church has been sending out missionaries to be pastors of churches, and thus God’s order has been reversed. Our methods as a “Church,” have not been scriptural. Hence, the world is majorly still evangelized in spite of all our efforts. How will the church equip the next generation of leaders for the task of proclaiming the gospel in the global world that is even now upon us?
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Paul
Paul, the greatest and most successful missionary the world has ever known, did not become a pastor, or a bishop. He travelled, preached, won converts, organized churches, placed them under leadership, and passed on. He did not attempt to change the manners and customs of the people. The Gospel, where necessary, did that. He placed responsibility upon the faithful, made the churches he established were self-supporting and self-propagating, and that from the very start of his mission. He founded no colleges, built no hospitals and erected no church buildings. The faithful provided for their own needs.
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Is this Message for People of Faith? Westboro Baptist Church
Is this Message for People of Faith?
Westboro Baptist Church

The message

Our “Divine” call is to “Go ye therefore and teach all nations” (Matt. 28:19), however, this command does not, in this situation, specify of what this teaching is to consist.  Accordingly, the church must have a clear direct message, despite the failure of many churches relative to this duty has led many folks to the belief that the church is nothing more than some an exclusive club that endures for no other purpose than to entertain its followers. Because of the washed down Christianity of the present day, it is unknown even by numerous believers who are nominally Christians that there is a message of help and hope which has been committed to the churches.


The Modern Church Problem
While in seminary and my earlier days as a young minister, I made a careful study of missionary methods. In many churches, I find missionaries acting as pastors of Independent churches, a thing unknown in Scripture. In one church, for instance, I visited-a number of leaders who had been long-term members, in some cases, 20, 25 and even 30 years, installed a strange tradition that they prayed over the money with one pointed finger, That finger afterward when pointed at you, becomes a symbolic blessing. The Pastor had settled down and after preaching for some time, had won a number of converts, whom they had organized into a church. During all these years, they had remained themselves in charge of themselves as pastors. Consequently their influence had not been felt beyond the confines of their local work.
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Are we loosing the Youth of the Church?
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In many churches-I visited I found a number of missionaries who had become pastors, who were unwilling to allow their youth, gifted though they were to go into the mother church and mentor. They (youth) were not allowed room to grow and most important we did not train them correctly in order to evangelize other youth of the community.

I do not mean to insinuate that these churches have not done good workBut after 20, 25 and 30 years of service we have to accept the fact that in our communities and in our country in which we have labored for so long, and in some cases even the local city (next block) in which they live and preach, is still (un)evangelized and crime filled. What a tragedy! They became pastors of churches instead of evangelists.

What then should they have done? We all should have followed the example of Paul. We should have kept the evangelization constantly in mind, adopting the scriptural methods that would have made this possible. The main business, the one and only business of the evangelist, is to train workers, and put responsibility upon them. We should always be appointed as evangelists or teachers according to their gifts and sent forth to evangelize. We should not be ordained as pastors and elders and placed in charge of churches, until they gained proving ground in evangelicalism. Every church should not be self-governing, and just as a hive when it repeatedly swarms not producing year after year….then a succession plan should be made!
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Have People of Faith failed??
Have People of Faith failed??


I know, you may or may not agree with all that I have said. But one thing you cannot deny. Thus far, we have failed greatly to evangelize the “Faithful.” Then we must admit that something is wrong. I think we must all agree that our plan isn’t working. Then why not consider another? A plan tried and tested by the Early Church. A plan through which the Holy Spirit can operate. God‘s plan. God‘s way!

Peace, and Love

Pastor, Gregg Greer 

Faith Journey International
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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Gregg  L. Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com.