"A City on a Hill"

Newark City of Destiny is the title of the book written by TCNVS founder Lloyd Turner as well as the name of the project which celebrates the work of seeing Newark transformed to the founders’ prayer that it be “as nearly as possible a kingdom of God on earth".

Brief Report of Newark City of Destiny Conference

The book, written by the late Lloyd A. Turner, tells the stories of fifteen men and women who caught glimpses of the kingdom of God advancing in Newark. These stories are organized into five parts or developmental segments based on Jesus’ teachings about his ministry in Luke 4:18-19.

In the conference, we heard from 15 (or more) men and women advancing the kingdom of God in Newark in these same areas today. The framework allows us to explore various engagement areas, permitting more in-depth engagement as we move forward. The Healthy People 2030 guidelines helped to frame some of the outcomes that may be considered when asking, “What is a city on a hill?” and What does it mean to be a “City of Destiny?”

This conference provided a broad brush on various the area of engagement such as food insecurity and banking resources such as Good News to the Poor, Woman’s prison re-entry wrap-around programs such as Freedom for Prisoners, resources for health care for women in unplanned pregnancies, Celebrate Recovery programs for those oppressed by hurts, habits or hang-ups and faith leaders, government leader and leaders addressing additional areas of dialogue and action. A musical interlude “Break Every Chain,” by Dee Dee Byrd, was anointed and powerful. Ample time was provided for breaks, snacks, lunch, and networking. A follow-up reception will be held in several weeks to continue the relationships established or strengthened by the meeting.

Isaiah 61, 1 - 2 NKJV

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Luke 4, 18-19 NAS

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

Developmental Segments/ Areas of Engagement

Good News to the Poor

  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Arts, Entertainment and Worship
  • Recreation, Sports and Athletics
  • Media

Freedom for the Prisoners

  • Military/Police/Security
  • Criminal Justice/Social Justice
  • Righteousness
  • Education

Recovery of Sight for the Blind

  • Healthcare and the Environment
  • Peace

Release for the Oppressed

  • Education
  • Family – Marriages
  • Women
  • Men
  • Youth

The Year of the Lord’s Favor

  • Faith/Religion/Prayer
  • Government –Civic Leadership
  • History/Destiny
  • Neighborhoods and the Nations