Missions at Northside Drive Baptist Church
Northside Drive has a long history of commitment to missions, both local and global. The Missions Committee offers opportunities for all members to put our Christian faith and love into action. We serve one another's needs, those of our local community and the world by giving of our time, talents, and resources.
The Northside Drive budget provides direct financial support for over 20 faith-based organizations. In addition, members participate in hands-on mission activities and in special projects throughout the year.
Northside Drive is committed to providing opportunities for Hands-on Missions including:
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity has been an important part of the hands-on ministry of NDBC for over two decades. Since the mid-90's we have been part of an inter-faith coalition building homes in the northwest Atlanta area. Click here to see prior Northside Drive Habitat builds!
Mission Trips---NDBC supports youth, adult and intergenerational trips. Members put their faith into action by building and repairing homes, building playgrounds, working in shelters and orphanages, and conducting Bible studies.
Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM)---Founded in 1987, BCM is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides both short-term relief and longer-term assistance to people in need. BCM is supported by 28 Buckhead churches and serves residents of 14 Atlanta zip code areas. The core programs revolve around providing food and shelter with the goal of helping families achieve financial stability and independence within a few months. Volunteer opportunities include Thrift Store worker, Helpline Counselor, Office Assistant, and Food Pantry Specialist.
Andrew P. Stewart Center---A longtime NDBC ministry partner is the Andrew P. Stewart Center. The Stewart Center is located in the heart of the Reynoldstown neighborhood near downtown Atlanta. Since 1917, their goal and vision has been to reach the children and families of that community by providing a safe welcoming environment where children, youth, families, volunteers and staff can grow intellectually, spiritually, emotional and physically. It is a place where lives are changed and enriched through meaningful relationships and purposeful activities. For more information on the Stewart Center and its programs, please visit their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StewartCenter), or contact the Stewart Center's Executive Director, Rev. Clayton Davis at 404-522-0942.
Memorial Drive Baptist Center---This center ministers to people's needs in southeast Atlanta. The Sanctuary Family Shelter provides intact homeless families with temporary housing, food, medical assistance, clothing, and job skills. The center is also a Set Free Ministry site---a 24/7 church that ministers to those struggling with homelessness and addictions.
Moncrief Ministry Center--- The ministry at Moncrief Center provides hope for thousands of people each year through clothing, food, Bible studies, worship services, and activities for children and youth. Economic development in the Techwood area has brought changes, resulting in the relocation of many of the families and individuals served by the center. In the fall of 2007, the ministry to children and youth moved to East Point. Other changes in the types of ministries and the location of services will take place in 2008.
Perry Homes/Agape Center---Northside has been involved with mission activities in the Perry Homes area for over 20 years. With the revitalization in that area, our role has changed, but we continue to support the Agape Center, which provides educational and other resources to residents in this area.
Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries provide support for children and families through residential care, diagnostic and assessment programs, residential counseling for adolescent substance abuse, maternity care and services for children with developmental disabilities.
LifeSpan Resources---Founded in 1981, LifeSpan is an interfaith organization whose purpose is to enhance the quality of life of those 55 and older in North Atlanta by recognizing and responding to their interests and needs. Programs include quarterly Lunch and Learn, Day Club for frail older adults who are physically limited or memory impaired, Medical Escort Transportation Service, and handyman/minor home repair services.
Crime Victims Advocacy Council. (The following information comes from CVAC's online brochure). CVAC was organized in July 1989 under the guidance of an urban ministry program of the United Methodist Church, to respond to the unmet needs of crime victims in our society. CVAC was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation. While CVAC is a Christian based organization, it is nondenominational in its membership and support and does not use federal financial assistance for explicitly religious activities. It responds to crime victims with understanding and help regardless of the victim’s race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability or age. CVAC realizes that crime victims benefit through a variety of resources, services and programs. Therefore, CVAC seeks to involve churches, community organizations and concerned individuals alike in its efforts.
Throughout the year NDBC participates in special mission activities including:
Souper Bowl Sunday
As part of a national focus on hunger, NDBC chefs prepare their best chili and soup and members enjoy a church-wide lunch while raising money for our Hunger Fund. These funds are used to purchase food at the Food Bank, which is delivered to Andrew P. Stewart Center.
Buckhead Christian Ministry Pantry Drive
Each February, food is collected for the pantry at BCM. In 2008, BCM fed the hungry with over 24,748 bags of food.
On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Flower Committee decorates the altar and steps with fresh fruits and vegetables. After the service, the food is delivered to needy families.
Christmas at NDBC
Members participate in a variety of projects including the Giving Tree, Shoebox gifts, and clothing for the homeless.
Special Missions Offerings
The Missions Committee sponsors three special offerings each year, which are given to agencies/programs as designated by the Missions Committee. Click here to learn more.
Northside Drive financially supports students and theological education at many institutions in the Atlanta area. Click here to learn about how Northside Drive is committed to supporting students and theological education.