Our mission as a church is to, “glorify God by making disciples who love God, grow in community, and to reach out with the love of Christ.” Our mission is formed from Jesus’ commission to “go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:18-20). This is an invitation to join God in his redemptive mission until He fully and finally restores all things (Revelation 21:1-5). Until then, followers of Christ push back what’s dark in our cities and work to restore the world around us.

One of the ways we do this is by entering into the hurting spaces of our world with the healing and hopeful good news of the gospel. In our city, there are areas of need that are unique to our community, and the mission to make disciples compels us to lay our lives down for the good of others and serve in these spaces. Jesus modeled this for us when he said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served by to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45) and, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31)

We serve in two ways:

  1. Through Community Groups* // Our groups are gospel-communities on mission to make disciples. These smaller groups of disciples pursue deep community, and serve one another and together serve the world around them. Every community group partners with one local outreach organization, and pursues a healthy, long-term relationship with and through them.
  2. Alongside key organizations // Whether through a community group or not, we serve alongside others who are focused, gifted, and called to meet the unique needs of our city. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel, but rather collaborate.

*If you see a need in your community that you would like to meet as an individual or with your Community Group, we’ve created a simple way to get connected to service opportunities and appropriate resources. Click here to get started.

We currently have 4 focus areas that we engage in our city. They are described below, along with ways to get involved:

Homeless & Impoverished


“For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper…From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their life in his sight.” -Psalm 72:12-14


Before God, every soul stands in profound spiritual need. Followers of Christ acknowledge this need, and call out to God for his grace. In Christ, God meets our deepest needs, so that now we are compelled to serve those who are in both physical and spiritual need around us.

Many people in our city and the surrounding area are struggling to make ends meet. About 24% of the population in the city of Lynchburg live in poverty, and many of these men, women, and families are homeless and suffering greatly.

Our groups and teams reach out to our homeless and impoverished neighbors by serving in shelters, transitional housing, sharing meals and resources, and coming alongside service providers to connect them with long term solutions. Organizations that we serve with include:


To further explore or to start serving, fill out this form.

 

Disconnected Youth


“A father to the fatherless…is our God” -Psalm 68:5


Many of the kids and youth in our community live in difficult situations. They are disconnected from a healthy family structure. The family of God is called to be the family for those whose natural family has broken down. The kids and youth in our community need to see Jesus in us, through intentional relationships, and a genuine love for them.


To further explore or to start serving, fill out this form.

Single Mothers


And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” -1 Peter 5:10


In our broken and hurting world, more and more women are forced to be both leader and helper, mother and father, provider and comforter. James 1:27 and Psalm 68:5 describe God and people as “protectors of widows”. This includes those who suffer from the broken condition of males through abuse and abandonment.

Our community groups reach out to single moms and women who are hurting through crisis pregnancy centers, shelters and transitional housing communities, and nonprofits whose focus is to care for women and the unique ways in which they are suffering. Some organizations we serve with are:


To further explore or to start serving, fill out this form.

Prisoners


“…I was in prison and you visited me.” -Matthew 25:35-40


In Luke 7, a woman who believes she is beyond forgiveness experiences the radical grace of God in Christ, and weeps in humble joy as she worships at the feet of Jesus. Many of our incarcerated brothers and sisters believe they are defined by their mistakes and are beyond opportunities for a second chance.

The reality is, apart from Christ, we are slaves to sin. Christ died to set us free, and to send us to proclaim freedom to the spiritually captive. This has real implications for those who are physically captive as well. So we partner with organizations who go into prisons to proclaim the gospel of grace, as well as walk with the formerly incarcerated as they seek to reenter society.

  • Freedom Celebration
  • Blue Ridge Reentry Council

To further explore or to start serving, fill out this form.