Welcome to World Impact Bay Area
World Impact is a national non-profit organization focused on strengthening the urban church and transforming under-resourced communities. Our Bay Area region consists of three key locations: San Francisco, Oakland, and Richmond, CA.
We have just launched The Urban Ministry Institution (TUMI) in Richmond. World Impact's seminary level education is aimed at future urban pastors and leaders. This video marks our largest enrollment yet. Special thanks to Pastors Aaron Roy and Dave Clark Jr. for offering these classes at our new TUMI site.
Incarnational Living - Efrem Smith
LATEST VIDEO: World Impact President connects his childhood in Minneapolis to his job today.
In this video, Efrem recalls living in an urban during the 1970s and experiencing "white flight." But he also recalls missionaries who purposely moved into his urban community, partnered with the local church and lived incarationally. Efrem Smith says, "The majority of people on planet Earth live in a city center or growing metropolitan area. This remains the great and growing mission field before us. Though many church buildings and congregations exist in urban areas, there is still a need for church planting and equipping existing churches to reproduce because of population growth."
Being A Light
Written By Paul Chan / Above: Deacon Dennis Domantay (left), outside Training Home with local friends and volunteers.
As 2013 came to a close, the violence in Oakland continued at an alarming rate. Forbes magazine again declared it as one of the most dangerous cities in America, second only to Detroit in crime statistics. Not a honor we celebrate, but a fateful reminder to how important our ministry is there.
Our World Impact Oakland site happens to be located in a key location of the West Oakland community. Our Leadership Training Home is positioned directly across the street from a liquor store and adjacent to a notorious drug dealing hotspot. Although the liquor store serves as a grocery store, candy store, and gathering place for the neighborhood, it also draws high levels of crime. Just two days after Christmas, a 26-year-old man was fatally shot there in broad daylight. READ MORE»