Starting businesses, providing jobs, and generating an economic turn around for a depressed area of Portland: It’s advertising without advertising.
“People have lost faith in the church because the church isn’t showing them anything,” says Elbert Mondaine, the idea man behind Celebration Tabernacle’s economic empowerment plan that has ten Portland businesses in the works or up and running. “If the 12 churches in the one-and-a-half-mile radius of this place each started two or three businesses, we’d have it goin’ on.”
“The church is supposed to be the core of the community and responsible for at least a portion of social and economic development,” says Mondaine. “The church needs to be a place of empowerment.”