Become a Missionary in Your Own Backyard with Dr. Ed Glover

Become a Missionary in Your Own Backyard with Dr. Ed Glover

God is raising up an army to win the cities of America. If you are stirred within your heart to work in your city, listen to find out how you can be trained through the Urban Impact Foundation. Hear how this organization started as founder Dr. Ed Glover tells how he almost gave up on ministering to the cities after his car was stolen for the third time.

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Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Ed Glover

God is raising up an army to win the cities of America. If you are stirred within your heart to work in your city, listen to find out how you can be trained through the Urban Impact Foundation.

Hear how this organization started as founder Dr. Ed Glover tells how he almost gave up on ministering to the cities after his car was stolen for the third time.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: In my role as a minister and a pastor and spending so many years in the pulpit, I would be answering questions so often from the lobby of how can I get involved? I want to change the world. I went to ORU as a dean, as you know, and I spent a lot of time and college students there. Every chapel service ended with “go change your world.” What I've always said about changing the world is that it needs to start in my own zip code. Make sure that whatever you do you, make your first impact where you're planted. Impact your zip code. We have a guest with us now, who hasn't written a book, but we're going to talk about his ministry and the impact he has had in northern Pittsburgh. If you’re familiar with Pittsburgh at all, you know that the northern part of the city is an urban area. It is very troubled and yet, at the same time, there's a lot of good work going on there. I get to have the opportunity now to interview the pastor who did most of the work that started it that area. He was called to the northern area of Pittsburgh as pastor. He did so many other things.

 

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You’ve done so much work there. I don't know where to start, but I know you've made such a transformation in a community. I want everyone listening to this say I need to hear this pastor because I need to do this kind of work. It’s great that it's going on in Pittsburgh, but there's so many needs across the country. It doesn't need to be a big metropolitan area. People just need to wake up and see what's going on in their own backyard. Don't you agree?

 

Urban Impact Foundation Programs

·         Education

·         Athletics

·         Performing Arts

·         Options

 

Pastor Ed Glover: I agree. I think it's spectacular. I really believe in missions. And I really believe in the missions, meaning that we need to impact our own backyard. We need to impact the world for Christ. But for my particular backyard, it's in the city. I really am believing that God is raising up an army. I really mean that to go back and win our cities here and then in America to Jesus Christ. And that's kind of what God called me to do. Now we're training people to come and join us as we do that, not only in Pittsburgh, but I hope to God, in every city in America.

Dr. Steve Greene: Let's talk about what you're doing with your Urban Impact Foundation, because part of your goal is to expand it. I think you already are working in other cities. Tell us a little bit about your heart for urban impact.

Pastor Ed Glover: I grew up in a home where my father was an atheist. So, I never went to church. I didn't know much about anything about God until I went to college and young girl was very faithful to share Christ with me. I eventually came to know Christ at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, trying out with the Pirates. It was amazing, our deal there it's a long story. But I came to know Christ at second base at Three Rivers. And God really changed my life at that point. I ended up going to seminary. When I was in seminary, I found that I could walk into very high-risk areas, because my seminary was right around New York City. I could go into those very high-risk areas and I could just build relationships. I could share Christ; people were coming to know Jesus. So, I knew that God gave me a unique, if you will, calling and ability to go into those areas. Then right out of seminary, got married to my wife, Tammy, and we came right to Pittsburgh. I was called by the senior pastor at the church there Allegheny Center Alliance Church to come there to be an outreach pastor. That church was a destination church. It drove it had about 500 people in it, but they didn't live in the community. Only six people in the community went to the church. Now the church was located, as you said, on the north side in a very high-risk area. Tammy and I were called to be the outreach pastors. So, the first thing we did is we moved into the community.

We moved onto a street where four out of five homes were boarded up and unoccupied because that was the neighborhood. We began to do work and about six years into the ministry, I walked out of my house and my car was stolen for the third time. I remember looking down the street saying, Lord, can we make any kind of a difference here? And that's when the Lord gave me this thought: “How do you eat an elephant?” I said, one bite at a time. He took my mind and helped me to see if I can impact one person, then one family, then one block, we could transform the community. That's what Urban Impact Foundation was born.  I was in the church, being the pastor, and I was running Urban Impact. My heart was really to reach the people in that community that really had a desperate desire to have something … something significant in their life that had meaning and could change their situation. And I just began to go full bore into all of that right there to share the gospel with those people. The vehicle that God raised up for me to do now, that I've been doing for 25 years, is Urban Impact. So, Urban Impact is working still in the community. I work with the same church I was with before, but now we work with hundreds of churches and organizations in the city of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Steve Greene: That's amazing. What a story. I do want to make sure that you know that I have a built-in bias. I'm a St. Louis Cardinal fan, and I wanted to play second base for the St. Louis Cardinals most of my life from the early 1960s. We’re very much rivals, aren’t we?

 

·         Donate to Urban Impact Foundation

 

Pastor Ed Glover: Yes, we are and. I played second base and left field. We do have a rivalry there. I still love the Pirates. Of course, I’m a Pirates fan. The Pirates help us. Clint Hurdle is a great man. He really is a godly man and he helps out. The Steelers are magnificent as well. It's been a privilege.

Dr. Steve Greene: It’s a good sports town. It's a good, blue-collar sports town, isn't it?

Pastor Ed Glover: It really is. It’s hard working, down to earth. I love Pittsburgh.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, talk to me a little bit about staying right there with Urban Impact, about how you went about the nuts and bolts. If someone is listening now, and they live in an area, which they want to help young people, talk about that impact; the number of young people you've impacted there in Pittsburgh and some of the work you've seen done. Tell us a couple stories.

Pastor Ed Glover: We work with thousands of people now. Old neighborhoods, areas have been changed and transformed not only because of Urban impact, but because of a lot of different organizations. We definitely have had a tremendous impact in that community. I tell a couple stories. One is a young girl; she came to our ministry and she is just a terrific young lady. I think she was about 12 years old at that time, and we started ministering to her. She lived in a pretty tough situation. She was abused by her mother's boyfriend. Her father was not in the picture, and she wanted to get out of that situation. She came and talked to Tammy and I because we lived in the neighborhood. We took her in and she basically stayed with us until she graduated from high school. She went home off and on. But she came to know the Lord. She really is a dynamic young girl today. She's married, she's got wonderful kids who are all involved with Urban Impact Foundation. She's a Christian counselor. Her future didn't look good. And if we wouldn't have been there, I don't know what would have happened to her. But I was very, very thankful to minister.

Then, another young man that came into our lives very early in the ministry, he was living with his grandmother. His mother had died and father wasn't in the picture. He was just a good kid. He was smart, but he just wasn't motivated. He was in a pretty bad school district and he wasn't doing really well in school. He started getting involved with us, with Tammy. Tammy runs our art program. He was singing and he was doing different things with us and he came to know Christ. And then all of a sudden, his mind just clicked and he started really doing well in school and we ended up getting him into college. He went to college and he moved on to my street where I live. I'll never forget this night were together, and he came to me and said, that's it, I'm leaving when I get out of college. I'm not going to stay here. I said, Wayne, you could do that, but I really would like you to pray and ask the Lord if he would want you to leave because we don't need everybody leaving. We need people stay staying here because nothing moves without prayer, leadership and money. I said we really need leadership to be in this community. Well, now he lives for four doors down from me and he's a pastor. He's running a really big 501c3 Christian organization here in the city of Pittsburgh. He's got three adopted kids with his wonderful wife and they're doing a fantastic job.

Dr. Steve Greene: You’ve got stories like this as you work with young people. You work basically in athletics, performing arts, education, other options. You’re really trying to be broad in how you approach these young people, aren’t you?

Pastor Ed Glover: Yes, we're trying to minister to them holistically. We’ve had 35 people live with us over the years. The only thing that was ever stolen out of our home was food. So, that's why we feed people. Everything that we do, they eat. I think we served close to 45,000 meals last year to the kids. We feed them physically, and then of course, we feed them from the Word of God. Always everything that we do, the gospel, the Word of God is preached and taught. But we also deal with education in schools, outside of schools. One thing I learned very early in the ministry was a lot of the kids were really desiring to know the Lord and wanting to grow in the Lord, but they couldn't read. So, I would invite them to come to Bible studies, they wouldn't come because they were embarrassed. They didn't want to be in the Bible study because they couldn't read. So, very early in the ministry, we started developing education so people can read, write, and do math at the 12th-grade level. And, to God be the glory, Steve. I say this truly, to God be the glory. With all the things that we do, at the end, is that we're trying to help kids transition out of high school into life. Our options program is helping kids do that, to go to college, go to a trade school, get a job, going in the military or the ministry. I'm thankful to tell you that the kids who get inside of our options program, 100 percent of them graduate from high school, and 97 percent of them transition out of high school, going to a college, going to a trade school, getting a job, going into the military or the ministry. Because that's what Jesus came to do. He came, yes, no doubt about it, to save our soul, bringing us into the kingdom of God. But he also came to minister to us holistically, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, in every way. All that we do is to minister to people holistically.

Dr. Steve Greene: Well, brother, that's just a ministry that, first of all, I think, is fairly rare. There’s not a lot of the lot of this type of work going on. Sure, we see worldwide people doing everything they can to feed youth. But to train in this area that you call options is amazing. And certainly, athletics and arts, those are all important programs that can change lives. Just the insertion of that knowledge and that personal care. What size staff do you have that can pull all this off?

Pastor Ed Glover: Yes, we have 70 staff. What we do, we have missionaries, we call them urban missionaries. These are people who are willing to raise their support and have to live in the community. And then we train those folks. Some of them come with some Bible background, some of them might come out of seminary. Most of them are just coming out of college. But they have realized that they might have been an engineer or they wanted to be a teacher or whatever. But they got exposed to what we do. We have a summer program where we bring a lot of college students. There are 82 interns that will come into the summer and they'll work the summer program with us. A lot of them end up finding that this is what they want to do with their lives. So, they kind of pop up like toast, and we take those folks, and we recruit them. Then they come into our area, we train them, we equip them. We take them through a lot of different trainings. and it's amazing what God has done with people who are willing to just be available.

 

Connect with Urban Impact Foundation

·         On uifpgh.org

·         On Facebook

·         On YouTube

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Ed Glover

God is raising up an army to win the cities of America. If you are stirred within your heart to work in your city, listen to find out how you can be trained through the Urban Impact Foundation.

Hear how this organization started as founder Dr. Ed Glover tells how he almost gave up on ministering to the cities after his car was stolen for the third time.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: In my role as a minister and a pastor and spending so many years in the pulpit, I would be answering questions so often from the lobby of how can I get involved? I want to change the world. I went to ORU as a dean, as you know, and I spent a lot of time and college students there. Every chapel service ended with “go change your world.” What I've always said about changing the world is that it needs to start in my own zip code. Make sure that whatever you do you, make your first impact where you're planted. Impact your zip code. We have a guest with us now, who hasn't written a book, but we're going to talk about his ministry and the impact he has had in northern Pittsburgh. If you’re familiar with Pittsburgh at all, you know that the northern part of the city is an urban area. It is very troubled and yet, at the same time, there's a lot of good work going on there. I get to have the opportunity now to interview the pastor who did most of the work that started it that area. He was called to the northern area of Pittsburgh as pastor. He did so many other things.

 

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You’ve done so much work there. I don't know where to start, but I know you've made such a transformation in a community. I want everyone listening to this say I need to hear this pastor because I need to do this kind of work. It’s great that it's going on in Pittsburgh, but there's so many needs across the country. It doesn't need to be a big metropolitan area. People just need to wake up and see what's going on in their own backyard. Don't you agree?

 

Urban Impact Foundation Programs

·         Education

·         Athletics

·         Performing Arts

·         Options

 

Pastor Ed Glover: I agree. I think it's spectacular. I really believe in missions. And I really believe in the missions, meaning that we need to impact our own backyard. We need to impact the world for Christ. But for my particular backyard, it's in the city. I really am believing that God is raising up an army. I really mean that to go back and win our cities here and then in America to Jesus Christ. And that's kind of what God called me to do. Now we're training people to come and join us as we do that, not only in Pittsburgh, but I hope to God, in every city in America.

Dr. Steve Greene: Let's talk about what you're doing with your Urban Impact Foundation, because part of your goal is to expand it. I think you already are working in other cities. Tell us a little bit about your heart for urban impact.

Pastor Ed Glover: I grew up in a home where my father was an atheist. So, I never went to church. I didn't know much about anything about God until I went to college and young girl was very faithful to share Christ with me. I eventually came to know Christ at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, trying out with the Pirates. It was amazing, our deal there it's a long story. But I came to know Christ at second base at Three Rivers. And God really changed my life at that point. I ended up going to seminary. When I was in seminary, I found that I could walk into very high-risk areas, because my seminary was right around New York City. I could go into those very high-risk areas and I could just build relationships. I could share Christ; people were coming to know Jesus. So, I knew that God gave me a unique, if you will, calling and ability to go into those areas. Then right out of seminary, got married to my wife, Tammy, and we came right to Pittsburgh. I was called by the senior pastor at the church there Allegheny Center Alliance Church to come there to be an outreach pastor. That church was a destination church. It drove it had about 500 people in it, but they didn't live in the community. Only six people in the community went to the church. Now the church was located, as you said, on the north side in a very high-risk area. Tammy and I were called to be the outreach pastors. So, the first thing we did is we moved into the community.

We moved onto a street where four out of five homes were boarded up and unoccupied because that was the neighborhood. We began to do work and about six years into the ministry, I walked out of my house and my car was stolen for the third time. I remember looking down the street saying, Lord, can we make any kind of a difference here? And that's when the Lord gave me this thought: “How do you eat an elephant?” I said, one bite at a time. He took my mind and helped me to see if I can impact one person, then one family, then one block, we could transform the community. That's what Urban Impact Foundation was born.  I was in the church, being the pastor, and I was running Urban Impact. My heart was really to reach the people in that community that really had a desperate desire to have something … something significant in their life that had meaning and could change their situation. And I just began to go full bore into all of that right there to share the gospel with those people. The vehicle that God raised up for me to do now, that I've been doing for 25 years, is Urban Impact. So, Urban Impact is working still in the community. I work with the same church I was with before, but now we work with hundreds of churches and organizations in the city of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Steve Greene: That's amazing. What a story. I do want to make sure that you know that I have a built-in bias. I'm a St. Louis Cardinal fan, and I wanted to play second base for the St. Louis Cardinals most of my life from the early 1960s. We’re very much rivals, aren’t we?

 

·         Donate to Urban Impact Foundation

 

Pastor Ed Glover: Yes, we are and. I played second base and left field. We do have a rivalry there. I still love the Pirates. Of course, I’m a Pirates fan. The Pirates help us. Clint Hurdle is a great man. He really is a godly man and he helps out. The Steelers are magnificent as well. It's been a privilege.

Dr. Steve Greene: It’s a good sports town. It's a good, blue-collar sports town, isn't it?

Pastor Ed Glover: It really is. It’s hard working, down to earth. I love Pittsburgh.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, talk to me a little bit about staying right there with Urban Impact, about how you went about the nuts and bolts. If someone is listening now, and they live in an area, which they want to help young people, talk about that impact; the number of young people you've impacted there in Pittsburgh and some of the work you've seen done. Tell us a couple stories.

Pastor Ed Glover: We work with thousands of people now. Old neighborhoods, areas have been changed and transformed not only because of Urban impact, but because of a lot of different organizations. We definitely have had a tremendous impact in that community. I tell a couple stories. One is a young girl; she came to our ministry and she is just a terrific young lady. I think she was about 12 years old at that time, and we started ministering to her. She lived in a pretty tough situation. She was abused by her mother's boyfriend. Her father was not in the picture, and she wanted to get out of that situation. She came and talked to Tammy and I because we lived in the neighborhood. We took her in and she basically stayed with us until she graduated from high school. She went home off and on. But she came to know the Lord. She really is a dynamic young girl today. She's married, she's got wonderful kids who are all involved with Urban Impact Foundation. She's a Christian counselor. Her future didn't look good. And if we wouldn't have been there, I don't know what would have happened to her. But I was very, very thankful to minister.

Then, another young man that came into our lives very early in the ministry, he was living with his grandmother. His mother had died and father wasn't in the picture. He was just a good kid. He was smart, but he just wasn't motivated. He was in a pretty bad school district and he wasn't doing really well in school. He started getting involved with us, with Tammy. Tammy runs our art program. He was singing and he was doing different things with us and he came to know Christ. And then all of a sudden, his mind just clicked and he started really doing well in school and we ended up getting him into college. He went to college and he moved on to my street where I live. I'll never forget this night were together, and he came to me and said, that's it, I'm leaving when I get out of college. I'm not going to stay here. I said, Wayne, you could do that, but I really would like you to pray and ask the Lord if he would want you to leave because we don't need everybody leaving. We need people stay staying here because nothing moves without prayer, leadership and money. I said we really need leadership to be in this community. Well, now he lives for four doors down from me and he's a pastor. He's running a really big 501c3 Christian organization here in the city of Pittsburgh. He's got three adopted kids with his wonderful wife and they're doing a fantastic job.

Dr. Steve Greene: You’ve got stories like this as you work with young people. You work basically in athletics, performing arts, education, other options. You’re really trying to be broad in how you approach these young people, aren’t you?

Pastor Ed Glover: Yes, we're trying to minister to them holistically. We’ve had 35 people live with us over the years. The only thing that was ever stolen out of our home was food. So, that's why we feed people. Everything that we do, they eat. I think we served close to 45,000 meals last year to the kids. We feed them physically, and then of course, we feed them from the Word of God. Always everything that we do, the gospel, the Word of God is preached and taught. But we also deal with education in schools, outside of schools. One thing I learned very early in the ministry was a lot of the kids were really desiring to know the Lord and wanting to grow in the Lord, but they couldn't read. So, I would invite them to come to Bible studies, they wouldn't come because they were embarrassed. They didn't want to be in the Bible study because they couldn't read. So, very early in the ministry, we started developing education so people can read, write, and do math at the 12th-grade level. And, to God be the glory, Steve. I say this truly, to God be the glory. With all the things that we do, at the end, is that we're trying to help kids transition out of high school into life. Our options program is helping kids do that, to go to college, go to a trade school, get a job, going in the military or the ministry. I'm thankful to tell you that the kids who get inside of our options program, 100 percent of them graduate from high school, and 97 percent of them transition out of high school, going to a college, going to a trade school, getting a job, going into the military or the ministry. Because that's what Jesus came to do. He came, yes, no doubt about it, to save our soul, bringing us into the kingdom of God. But he also came to minister to us holistically, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, in every way. All that we do is to minister to people holistically.

Dr. Steve Greene: Well, brother, that's just a ministry that, first of all, I think, is fairly rare. There’s not a lot of the lot of this type of work going on. Sure, we see worldwide people doing everything they can to feed youth. But to train in this area that you call options is amazing. And certainly, athletics and arts, those are all important programs that can change lives. Just the insertion of that knowledge and that personal care. What size staff do you have that can pull all this off?

Pastor Ed Glover: Yes, we have 70 staff. What we do, we have missionaries, we call them urban missionaries. These are people who are willing to raise their support and have to live in the community. And then we train those folks. Some of them come with some Bible background, some of them might come out of seminary. Most of them are just coming out of college. But they have realized that they might have been an engineer or they wanted to be a teacher or whatever. But they got exposed to what we do. We have a summer program where we bring a lot of college students. There are 82 interns that will come into the summer and they'll work the summer program with us. A lot of them end up finding that this is what they want to do with their lives. So, they kind of pop up like toast, and we take those folks, and we recruit them. Then they come into our area, we train them, we equip them. We take them through a lot of different trainings. and it's amazing what God has done with people who are willing to just be available.

 

Connect with Urban Impact Foundation

·         On uifpgh.org

·         On Facebook

·         On YouTube

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

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