Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Lawndale's Wayne Gordon onPBS

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Lawndale Community Church
When Wayne Gordon first moved to the North Lawndale community, located on Chicago's Westside, more than 30 years ago, it was one of the poorest neighborhoods in the U.S. As a recent graduate of Wheaton College and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Gordon had come to the Lawndale area to coach high school football and wrestling. But what he found was high school students who lacked an interest in church and God. So he and his wife began a Bible study out of their small apartment. Today their ministry to a handful of teenagers has grown into a congregation of a thousand people and a mission to save the neighborhood.

Robert Jordan talks to Pastor Gordon, founder of Lawndale Community Church, about his efforts to revitalize his Chicago community -- not only through his ministry -- but also by providing quality housing, health and educational services. "Church is not about being in here. Church is about doing something in our neighborhood," Pastor Gordon explains. "We want every human being that lives here to be able to stay here but to have a quality of life that will make a difference in their life."

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