Billing New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Stonecrest, Georgia, as the “largest land-owning church in America,” pastor Jamal Bryant announced plans Sunday to build affordable housing for seniors as well as a medical facility on the church’s campus that will serve the uninsured and underinsured.
“As you all know, we are two weeks away from making our headway to becoming a debt free church. … We are the largest land-owning church in America. And next year, y’all get ready, cause it’s gonna be construction trucks all over our sanctuary, all over our campus. We’re looking to build right on our campus, affordable housing,” Bryant announced in a service that would later host rapper Kanye West’s Sunday Service.
Citing the rapid growth of the older adult population in the U.S., Bryant explained that he believes God has called his church to invest in the welfare of seniors and other vulnerable populations.
“The fastest growing demographic is now our seniors, for the first time in American history. There are more 60-year-olds than there are 16-year-olds. We are a multi-generational church, and we have to make sure that we take care of our parents and our grandparents.
“So right on our campus we’re gonna be building an assisted-living home for our seniors. Right on our campus it is our intention to build a medical facility for people in this community who do not have health insurance and for those who are underinsured,” Bryant said. “Far too many are dying of curable diseases. And we want to make sure that the church doesn’t just operate on Sunday, but Monday through Saturday, that we are a lamplight to the community. That’s what God is calling us to do.”
The Stonecrest preacher also noted that his congregation had now joined a growing list of churches working to help the Bahamas recover from Hurricane Dorian.
“Last Sunday, you remember the consulate general from the Bahamas was here in worship with us and we were able to solidify our partnership with Delta Airlines. I hope you’ll be excited. This Friday, two days ago, our first plane filled with resources landed in the Bahamas,” he said. “We’re collecting resources. … We’re gonna be shipping out every week to the Bahamas. “
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair