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. In Memphis, we partner with the following organizations and ministries.
Brinkley Heights Ministries
Brinkley Heights Ministries have programs that meet the physical, social, educational, economic, and spiritual needs of people living in the Brinkley Heights area. Emergency ministries include a clothes closet, food pantry, and spiritual counseling program. In addition, the Brinkley Heights Urban Academy (BHUA) is a private Christian School for at-risk inner-city children and the Street Reach program coordinates 9-14 summer day camps spread across three neighborhoods serving over 2,200 inner-city youth ages 3-14.
Individuals can support Brinkley Heights Ministries by volunteering at the ministry center or by tutoring students from the Urban Academy. Throughout the year, Second collects food and clothing for Brinkley Heights. Collection containers are located outside the church office. In the fall, Second has an intentional collection for new socks called Sock Sabbath and in the spring, we have an intentional collection of new underwear called Undie Sunday. There is also a Christmas toy drive in December and school supply drive in July.
Douglass High School
Working with teachers and administrators at Douglass High School (DHS), Second seeks mutually beneficial ministry opportunities.
In the fall, students from Douglass help Second unload pumpkins for our pumpkin patch. In the spring, Second works with DHS and other local ministries to host spring break mission projects that improve the community. In addition, the DHS gospel choir has sung in worship at Second Baptist.
Opportunities for individuals to get to know students and support DHS include working in the Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Garden, volunteering with the Young Life club at Douglass or taking time to encourage the faculty and staff a Douglass.
Family Promise of Memphis
Family Promise of Memphis (FPOM) is an emergency shelter ministry using a network of local congregations to give hope and provide a safe haven for families working toward independence.
Host congregations transform space in their buildings for families to spend the night. During the day, the children go to school and parents go to work and receive case management with a goal toward stability. Church volunteers provide hospitality by providing meals, spending the night and getting to know the families.
Several times a year, Second welcomes families to our church. During those weeks, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities from fixing a meal, hosting during the day on the weekend, or staying overnight.
The Heights Neighborhood
“The Heights” is a general name for the area covering the Highland Heights, Graham Heights, Mitchell Heights and Brinkley Heights neighborhoods. At one time, these were thriving neighborhoods. However, in a twenty year period from 1990-2010, the neighborhoods saw a 41% loss in owner occupied housing and a 197% increase in vacant properties. According to the 2010 census data, 32% of residents live below the poverty level.
In recent years, God has opened doors for Second to walk alongside and empower neighbors who live and work in The Heights and who want to improve their neighborhood. Opportunities to meet neighbors and support this work are numerous. Some of them include:
- Tutoring or working in the gardens at Treadwell Elementary
- Working on projects or giving financially to The Heights Community Development Corporation which provides quality, affordable housing.
- Working with neighbors in local community gardens
- Working with neighbors on street cleanups
- Volunteering at the Randolph Public Library
- Becoming at mentor for students through Streets Ministries
- Meeting and praying with neighborhood leaders
- Praying for and finding ways to encourage neighborhood leaders
Sort[a] Mission Day
Taking place in April, Sort[a] Mission Day is a one-day, churchwide mission event where we move outside the walls of the church to meet and love our neighbors. Though each day members of Second serve as individuals and in small groups throughout Memphis, there is something unique and powerful when we ALL come together as one body to serve our community and reflect the heart of Christ.
Projects are available for everyone no matter the age, interest, or skill level.
In December, our deacon ministry coordinates the sorting and delivery of over 60 baskets of food to individuals and families throughout Memphis. Second works with ministry friends and partners to identify recipients.