Monday, Jan 4, 2016
Joe and Heidi White and their three children moved in February 2015 to the Jackson Neighborhood, a predominantly Hispanic community in downtown Fresno, Calif., to plant Neighborhood Church.
Residents of this neighborhood experience many life challenges, including living in one of the lowest per capita income areas of Fresno. In a proposal to the PDC and Mission USA, Joe White wrote, “There are 920 homes in the Jackson Neighborhood, and we want our neighbors to walk and bike to a vibrant and fun Jesus-focused worship service and midweek small groups. We dream of a church that addresses the 18 percent unemployment rate in this area of Fresno.”
White was raised in the Lowell Neighborhood of Fresno, another of Fresno’s low-income neighborhoods, which shaped his life and ministry. “This has given me a heart for the poor, a cultural awareness, a realistic perspective of how Jesus’ Kingdom comes and an honest perspective of my own brokenness and wounding as a man saved by grace,” White says.
The Pacific District Conference (PDC) and Mission USA, the church planting arm of USMB, are supporting Neighborhood Church.
To see more about what's happening in the Jackson Neighborhood, watch this video from Pastor Joe White:
Visit the Neighborhood Church website.