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In some circles, big membership numbers give pastors bragging rights, but their churches aren’t doing very much to help or support the community. But according to Bishop Charles Blake, pastor of the 25,000-member West Angeles Church of God In Christ (COGIC) in Los Angeles, CA, any mega church worth its salt will have a felt presence and positive impact on the people and community it purportedly serves.
In a day and age where larger-than-life personalities and flamboyant ministry figureheads garner lots of attention and money, it seems that far fewer leaders are concerned with building up cities, and are more focused on building their personal fortunes.
Blake doesn’t share such a narrow-minded perspective reports the Huffington Post. He says, "The capacity of a mega church, if it is committed to the good and advancement of people, and to its true mandate, it can serve and provide resources and exert positive influence at a level that it could not, if it were not a mega church with a strong structure, and organizational strength.”
Blake, who is also the Presiding Bishop of the COGIC denomination, with an estimated 7,000,000 members worldwide, has done a lot of good for his community, which HuffPo writer, Tanya Young Williams, lists.
- West Angeles has developed over 400 units of housing and commercial properties in the inner city of Los Angeles.
- It has initiated and implemented scores of civic, social, financial and educational programs that have assisted thousands of congregants and Los Angeles County residents.
- Bishop Blake founded an international outreach ministry called Save Africa's Children, wherein, he is the Chief Executive Officer. Save Africa's Children, with assistance from West Angeles, has provided financial resources, food and housing to over 200,000 children in 400 foster care programs in Africa and Haiti.
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