A church plant in a mostly white county draws upon its unique gifts — including music from classical and black church traditions — to attract worshippers and respond to the needs of the community. When St. John’s Compton Presbyterian Church on the outskirts of Los Angeles closed in the late 1960s, the mostly white congregation designated a portion of its residual funds for a black church to be planted in Orange County someday. “Someday” came nearly 40 years later in the form of New Hope Presbyterian Church (link is external) in Orange, California. It’s headed by the Rev....Read More
Author: Lauren Glenn
This article on New Hope’s social justice initiative’s originally aired on NBC and appeared on NBC’s website. Rev. Chineta Goodjoin turns her ministry into a social justice action network. By Angie Crouch Reverend Chineta Goodjoin is a new kind of pastor — and she’s shaking up Orange County by turning her ministry at New Hope Presbyterian Church into a social action network. Reverend Goodjoin and her family experienced racism when she started the church back in 2007 in the city of Orange, where African Americans make up just 2 percent of the population. “The police were often called on my husband. He would come to the church at night to get music together for choir practice,” she said. This only made Reverend Goodjoin more determined to make her church a success. Before long, she’d built her congregation from just 25 to 100. Her multicultural team spread out into the community to speak out against injustice and lend a hand to those in need. “Insuring the needs of the poor, the hurting, the widows and those who have been victimized — I don’t see how this church can do anything but that,” she said. Reverend Goodjoin said her passion for helping was inspired by her own experience as a victim of rape when she was in college. “We must use our brokenness as a springboard for purpose, for growth,...Read More
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