Unbox Your Life. Connect to Community. Build God’s World.

Poor Culture is an inclusive and affirming faith-based community that inspires maximum participation, promotes personal and spiritual growth, and supports the building of a strong communities. Founded in 2017, Poor Culture is an experimental faith community. Poor culture is a church beyond walls, shepherded by Minister Karmen M. Smith, and centered in the Morrisania section the South Bronx.


We do church, different.  Founded on the teachings of Jesus, we minister to and meet the need of the poor (the least of these), in a sustainable manner. We don’t just talk the talk. We walk the walk, and are changing New York City’s poorest district “sidewalk by sidewalk, corner by corner.


Our mission is empower and to liberate the poor into the fullness of life. Inspired by the life of Christ, we are called to deliver the good news to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, to give sight to those who cannot see properly, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and to proclaim the acceptable year of God. (Luke 4:18-19)