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2002 PE Report stories

Congregations demonstrate weekly prayer yields results (December 30, 2001)

L.A. Dream Center, Angelus Temple make history, reach more with merge (December 16, 2001)

Rain, gang doesn't halt impact of newly formed congregation (December 9, 2001)

Women urged to minister hope at global gathering (November 25, 2001)

Volunteers meet needs at Pentagon cleanup (November 18, 2001)

Fear, uncertainty open window of opportunity for evangelism (November 11, 2001)

'Jump for Jesus' raises $40,000 for STL (October 21, 2001)

Widows, single mothers gain practical blessings (October 14, 2001)

Five new executive presbyters elected (September 30, 2001)

Credit card 'freedoms' tempt college students (September 16, 2001)

Fellowship, nation show ethnic makeup changes (August 26, 2001)

Congregations extend a hand, spread gospel after tropical storm (August 19, 2001)

Single-parent families find hope at camp (August 12, 2001) caught in middle of culture war (July 22, 2001)

Pentecostal World Conference looks toward future cooperation (July 13, 2001)

Crossover Community Church ministers to hip-hop culture (July 8, 2001)

Prison chaplain hooked on ministry (June 24, 2001)

National Singles team convenes, plans regional conferences (June 17, 2001)

Children's ministries take center stage (June 10, 2001)

U.S. Christians trek to Israel despite news reports of danger (May 27, 2001)

A/G ministries combat eating disorders (May 20, 2001)

Mobilizing laity leads to church growth (May 13, 2001)

Fellowship convenes conference for women (April 29, 2001)

14,547 'honored guests' attend Convoy of Hope outreach in Dallas (April 22, 2001)

Hollywood sends wrong signals on teen smoking (April 15, 2001)

Iowa community faces unique challenges (April 8, 2001)

Churches support ministries to lead youth out of lifestyle (March 25, 2001)

English lessons reach Chinese with gospel (March 18, 2001)

A/G church, police, schools partner for strong community (March 11, 2001)

Church uses 'human hunt' as evangelism tool for teens (February 25, 2001)

Ministering in the fast lane (February 18, 2001)

Abstinence education saves lives, futures (February 11, 2001)

Donated food helps Convoy of Hope extend hand around the world (January 21, 2001)

American Indian College students impact boarding school (January 14, 2001)

2000 News Digest stories

A/G church, police, schools partner for strong community

(March 11, 2001)

Volunteers from Southside Tabernacle A/G in Chicago are partnering with police and teachers to build a stronger community. During the day volunteers from the church encourage students and assist teachers in classrooms; at night they join other residents and police in an effort to reduce crime.

Spencer Jones
William Morris

"We want to be involved in our neighborhood because that makes the community strong, which in turn makes the church strong," says Spencer Jones, pastor of Southside Tabernacle. "Working with the police is a link to reaching our community."

The community policing program, known as Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, is a crime-fighting strategy where residents, the police and other city agencies work together to identify and solve neighborhood crime problems.

Jones is a beat facilitator and helps lead his neighborhood’s beat meetings on a regular basis. "In many big cities the police and residents do not have good relationships," he says. "That’s not the case here. Rather than fighting one another we have come together to fight the criminal."

Since getting involved with C.A.P.S., and working with the public schools, Jones has prayed for and counseled many police officers, teachers and their families. One officer, he says, made a commitment to Jesus Christ.

Southside Tabernacle volunteers also minister at several public schools. There, they pray, counsel, encourage and tutor students. William Morris, 26, a former Baltimore Ravens football player, now youth pastor at Southside, works in several schools weekly. "We are building relationships with the schools to let them know that we support them," he says. "It also lets students know we care for them by meeting their friends, praying with them before class and working with them in the classroom. Our goal is to take ministry out of the church and into the community."

In doing so, says Morris, students see men and women of God who care about them. Many of the students Morris works with are troubled or at-risk. "We tell them we believe in them, but we also let them know that we will not tolerate any disrespect toward the teachers, students or building," he says. "We go to the schools because we believe as Christians we are mandated to reach out to our community."

–Kirk Noonan

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