Gods plan for your life goes beyond Sunday. God First is a lifestyle. God desires that you take your everyday,  ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing that God can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Don’t become so well-adjusted to this “me, me, me” culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God first. You’ll be transformed from the inside out. The best you, living your best life. So, go ahead, put God first. 






Who We Are

Founded in 2017, Poor Culture is a—come as your are—experimental faith community living a God First Lifestyle, located in The Bronx, NY. 

What We Do

We practice putting God first in our daily lives, allowing God to transform our ordinary lives into extraordinary living. 

We create and support programming that inspires maximum participation, promotes personal and spiritual growth, and supports the building of a strong families and communities.

We Build God’s world. Through our social justice initiatives, we seek to define and dismantle the systems that keep God’s people from living into the abundance of life.

Our Mission

Our mission is to ignite abundant living into the lives of our community, and to build God’s world where ALL are accepted, welcomed, and loved.

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Karmen Michael Smith

Karmen Michael Smith is a writer, futurist, cultural curator, ethical consultant, and filmmaker. He is the CEO and Lead Minister of Poor Culture, an experimental faith community living a God First Lifestyle, located in The Bronx, NY. Karmen writes and speaks on issues of identity, race, culture, community, and change. As proud alum of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, Karmen is and advocate and promoter for social justice.



Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Poor Culture works when we put God First! When we align our lives with the GOAT (greatest of all time), through God we are made great. The community thrives when people use their time, talents, and or their resources. in the community. There is something that only you can do. So, do it for the culture.


Give your time by volunteering for events, photo/video shoots, and community service.


Donate your talents. We are always looking for dedicated people to assist with creative, logistical, and administrative tasks


 We accept your tax-deductible donations of  space, property, and monetary donations. 

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