Missions

WongBoys As followers of Christ, our first mission is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Flowing out of that devotion is our second mission, to love our neighbors in a way that shows we truly take our first mission seriously.

At Second Baptist, we scatter to serve beyond the walls of the church and to share the love of Christ to all we encounter. We seek out places where God is at work and invite people to experience the privilege of using their gifts to make a difference in the world. In other words, we put our preaching into practice; believing that by loving our neighbors and serving side by side we can discover true community and reflect the body of Christ.

IMG_2045webThe people of Second Baptist scatter is various ways. We scatter as individuals, as small groups, and as an entire church body. We scatter throughout Memphis, the United States, and the world. We scatter as the young and the not-so-young. We scatter as tutors, physicians, teachers, employees, drivers, sorters, builders, board members, camp counselors and more. We scatter to feed the hungry, visit the prisoner, heal the sick, house the stranger … to share and to show the good news of Jesus Christ.

For more information about our strategic ministries and partners you can review the information below or contact Daniel Johnson, Associate Minister for Students and Missions. You can also connect with the mission efforts of Second Baptist by liking and following our mission Facebook page.

Mission Partners and Ongoing Ministries:

  • Family Promise
  • Brinkley Heights
  • Prison Ministry
  • FBPEH
558Formerly Memphis Interfaith Hospitality Network, Family Promise of Memphis unites communities of faith to assist situationally homeless families. Three times a year, Second Baptist hosts homeless families for a week at Second Baptist. We extend Christian hospitality to these guests by providing rooms in which to sleep, food, security, and friendship. Volunteers are needed to host guests, provide meals, and spend the night. To learn more or find out how you can volunteer, view our Volunteer Handbook or contact our Family Promise Coordinator Pam Jenkins.

Learn more about Family Promise

Learn more about homelessness in Memphis:

IMAG011The vision of Brinkley Heights Ministries (BHM)  is to develop a community that is clean, safe, and free of drugs and violence, and where families have homes they own, great schools for their kids, and living wage jobs. BHM provides a variety of services to inner city, low-income families including tutoring, food pantry, clothes closet, and spiritual counseling in order to meet the physical, social, educational, economic, and spiritual needs of people living in the Brinkley Heights service area.

Second Baptist supports Brinkley Heights Ministries in several ways. A food and clothing collection container is available outside the church office for donations. Volunteer tutors work Monday nights with neighborhood children. Volunteers can also work Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays mornings at Street Reach blogthe ministry center providing spiritual counseling and/or food and clothing assistance to walk-in clients. And during the summer, classes or other small groups help provide lunches for the Brinkley Heights Street Reach program. Street Reach provides hands-on, urban mission experiences for youth and college groups during spring break and summers.

Brinkley Heights Ministries also includes a private Christian school for at-risk children. Learn more about the Brinkley Heights Urban Academy.

prisonSecond Baptist supports the ministry to prisoners at the Shelby County Division of Corrections in Memphis. Individuals build relationships and share messages of hope at the chapel service on Tuesday evenings. In addition, Second Baptist collects and donates greeting cards to inmates during the Christmas season. The donated greeting cards allow inmates who might not otherwise be able to send notes to their children and families during the holiday.

If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, contact Bill Ware or Charles Biggers. All volunteers must attend an orientation program, usually held on Saturday mornings.

Faith Based Partnership to End Homelessness is an initiative of the Community Alliance for the Homeless in partnership with the City of Memphis and Shelby County pairs congregations with families facing homelessness in a structured mentoring homeless_shelterrelationship to both address the immediate crisis and build strategies to prevent future episodes of homelessness.

Congregations provide 2-6 mentors who receiving training by the Community Alliance and then work to develop healthy and helping relationships with individual families. Mentors work with families intensely over a six month period in developing goals for a more secure future. During this process, the hope is that a positive, trusting and supportive relationship is built that will last for years to come. Find out more about this initiative here

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