A youth pastor who began a church-based social enterprise shares advice for others interested in this kind of ministry. The three initial phases are discernment, consulting with the community and testing.
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Fr. Gregory Boyle gathers with former gang members whose lives have been transformed by the nonprofit he founded and leads, Homeboy Industries. Photos courtesy of Homeboy Industries
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