Evangelism & Outreach

Willing Heart Community Center

555 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, NJ

What is the Willing Heart Community Center?

Located in the heart of Newark New Jersey’s Central Ward, the Willing Heart Community Center is an outreach geared to promote health and wellness through cultural and artistic expression, recreation, resurrection, and social services.  At the Willing Heart Community Center persons celebrate life to its fullest.  Living well is our focal point.

When persons are engaging in the willing heart mission: to show compassion, to provide alternative recreation for youth, to foster a creative art venue for all ages, and to provide the community with a beacon of light, they learn to connect and celebrate the Bread of Life. We are committed to providing life sustaining necessities such as food, and clothing for all ages.  In addition, an initiative to provide for our senior citizens through monthly care packages fulfills our mission as a care center.  It is through these endeavors the Willing Heart Community Center illuminates a renewed sense of hope for men, women, boys and girls to live through Christ-Centered principles.

The Willing Heart Community Center is about the community.  Our programs are built on the belief that persons want to live, learn and laugh with each other. Therefore, when persons enter into the Willing Heart Community Center they are greeted with the reality that they have a chance to move from hopelessness to hopefulness, to move from hostility to hospitality, to move from lack to gain, and to move from impossibilities to possibilities.

The Willing Heart Community Center takes ownership to position resources for all individuals while offering alternatives engaging activities that are stimulating and life giving.  The center acknowledges the social ills that surround its doors.  Therefore the Willing Heart Community Center is committed to nurturing individuals through a vibrant comprehensive community curriculum to serve the community as a means to stopping the deterioration experienced by so many.

At the Willing Heart Community Center, we believe that all persons are created in the image of God and deserve the opportunity to embrace those things that bring forth a new birth intellectually, mentally, physically and spiritually.  In essence, we are committed to being Light and Salt for the Central Ward and surrounding community.

As Jesus saw the multitude He was moved with compassion…

It is proposed that the Willing Heart Community Care Center will house the following types of activities:

Feeding the Hungry

  • Food pantry for anyone who comes [1000+ food packages through initial church donation and grants]
  • Care Packages {food} to the seasoned saints of the church
  • Soup Kitchen Operation – feeding hot meals to those who are hungry and in need

Clothing the Needy

  • Providing coats to needy community families
  • Clothing for those in need, particularly clothes appropriate for entering the workplace

Safe Youth & Teen Environment

  • A Place to hold Friday or Saturday evening Youth Meetings/events/gatherings

General Mission and Y.E.S

What Is General Mission?

The General Mission of Metropolitan Baptist Church is an outreach and support ministry for families in need. Working closely with the Willing Heart, the mission provides direct surgical support and discipleship to spcifically identified locations such as nursing homes, resident locations and schools. The general mission is divided into specific cell groups. These groups care for the assigned families/locations as directed.

What Is General Y.E.S?

The Y.E.S. Mission Ministry enables young men and women of Metropolitan, ages 6-17, to become mission minded.  This ministry provides training and opportunity for service to God and people; both at home and in the community while offering opportunities for fellowship and learning guidelines for Christian discipleship.

This ministry is a program of continuous study: studying the Bible, home and Christian family life, evangelism, church outreach, ministries, community issues- problems and solutions and social issues.

Y.E.S. Ministry Objectives

  • To promote individual and collective Christian service
  • Study God's word and cooperation in His Work
  • Observance of the rules for Christian righteousness
  • Christian responsibilities for others
  • The highest standard of private and public conduct
  • Physical cleanliness and proper class
  • Foreign and home mission projects

Y.E.S. Ministry Activities

  • Monthly meetings- Every 2nd Saturdays at 10:30 AM for one hour.
  • Christian Youth Cotillion- Presentation of our young ladies and young men as "New Persons in Christ" walking and talking for the Lord.
  • Mission Projects- Donation of toiletries to prisons, yearly clothing drives to community, bi-monthly visits to nursing homes.
  • Oratorical and Bible Bowl Contests- The department through associational participation address the theme of our National Baptist Convention U.S.A. and donate to the winner going to the convention's annual session.
  • Assisting with the 11:30 a.m. Sunday services and all programs where the Y.E.S. Ministry is needed.

Dominion Fellowship Ministry

The Dominion Fellowship Ministry provides outreach and evangelism to individuals and families of Newark, NJ and surrounding communities through the powerful good news of the Gospel. 

Mission and Vision

The purpose of the Dominion Fellowship is to share the word of Christ through the Street Ministry and other evangelism efforts and to encourage individuals and families to live a faith based life based on Christian principals as outlined in the Bible and to make disciples of God’s people. 

Ministry Leader

Rev. Bernard Wilks, Apostolic Oversee
973-563-5333

Street Ministry

The Street Ministry is comprised of spiritual crusaders whose purpose is to spread the word of Christ at public venues. 

Visitation Ministry

The Visitation Ministry brings the voice of Jesus Christ to recovering alcoholics and addicts in rehabilitation, pre-release and correctional institutions. This ministry also visits people in their private homes, hospitals, nursing centers and homeless shelters. 

Home Office

The Dominion Fellowship Ministry is based at 83 James Street, Manna Station, 202 Sixteenth Avenue, both in Newark.

Visitation Ministry

The Visitation Ministry brings the voice of Jesus Christ to recovering alcoholics and addicts in rehabilitation, pre-release and correctional institutions. This ministry also visits people in their private homes, hospitals, nursing centers and homeless shelters. 


149 Springfield Ave, Newark, NJ 07103


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