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 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.
NDBC is a strong supporter of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. In the BJC's own words, their mission is to "defend and extend God-given religious liberty for all, furthering the Baptist heritage that champions the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government." Religious liberty for all, not just those we agree with, and separation of church and state are core Baptist principles that we strongly support. Some of our members have been former fellows of the BJC and Associate Pastor Daniel Headrick was a Fellow in the 2018 class.
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.
Northside Drive has a Creation Care Team which studies the intersection of Christian faith and environmental stewardship.
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 Pittsburgh 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.
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.
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 donated to various agencies which address food insecurity.
On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Flower Committee decorates the altar and steps with fresh fruits and vegetables. After the service, the food is donated to Urban Recipe, a food co-op located near Grant Park.
Christmas at NDBC
Members participate in a variety of projects including the Giving Tree and clothing for the homeless.
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.