Serving Beyond Memphis
At Second, we develop partnerships and invest in ministries that invite us to be a part of God’s mission in the world.
We believe these partnerships lead to mutual transformation and help foster community among our church, the organizations we serve and our neighbors. Beyond Memphis, we partner with the following organizations and ministries.
Together for Hope Arkansas
Together for Hope is a long-term commitment by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to work in the nation’s poorest counties to help bring about change and break the cycle of economic disparity. Two of the focal counties are located in Arkansas.
Together for Hope Arkansas (TFHAR) focuses on youth development and literacy in and around Helena, Arkansas and partners with churches and organizations to inspire hope.
Second has supported TFHAR in a variety of ways over the years. We host an annual Back to School party in August to encourage children and get them excited for school. Youth mission teams have led literacy camps, painted and rehabbed parks and visited nursing homes. Second has also held book drives and hosted planning retreats for TFHAR, providing the space for leaders to plan their annual All Church Challenge.
More volunteer opportunities are available for those willing to drive the 90 minutes from Memphis to Helena.
South Africa Ministry Network
The South Africa Ministry Network began as a small group of churches partnering to support CBF field personnel serving in South Africa. The network now consists of six churches partnering directly with local South African ministries through commitments of time, money, people, and prayer.
Second leads mission experiences to South Africa that include both opportunities to serve with local ministries as well as time for reflection and personal transformation. We format our trips in this way because we believe we have as much to gain by encountering suffering and serving others as we have to give. South African pastor Trevor Hudson expresses it this way, “Those of us involved in the conversations about spiritual formation need to insist that any expression of discipleship that removes the Christ-follower from human suffering is counterfeit and delusive. It betrays God’s passionate love for each person, denies our connectedness in the human family, and results in what has been described as a ‘false inwardness.’ We become the person God intends not within a private religious zone, but within God’s broken and wounded world.”
Our South African mission experiences are always done in partnership with other churches because something beautiful and divine happens when we encounter and learn from others as we serve.
Learn more about our South African Ministry partners.