Urban Immersion

Suburbs aren’t always suburbs. Some may fit the stereotype of cookie-cutter houses and manicured lawns. Raleigh and Frayser don’t.

Last summer we partnered with Agape’s Powerlines Community Network to experience life and faith with residents of Ashton Hills Apartments in Raleigh and Pershing Park Apartments in Frayser.

Judith Pruitt of Agape reported, “In a first for Agape, the youth group and chaperones lived in the PCN Ashton Hills Apartments for the week they served the community residents.  This allowed them to immerse themselves in the community they were serving and learn from the residents even as they served. Living within the community also provided the opportunity to see the community and residents and how they live even after program hours. This innovative approach to service walked out: ‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.’

Marquis McPherson of Agape said, “I would like to personally say thank you to Bro. Barry Fowler, Bro. Steven Gaines, Cordova Community Youth Group, and adult volunteers (Bro. Nathan and Sis. Lisa) for an amazing week at Ashton Hills. Vacation Bible School was awesome and we really enjoyed the lessons, skits, and arts n’ crafts. Bro. Jim, thank you for opening the doors to Raleigh Community Church, because we realized after the first day we needed more space. The kids from Ashton Hills, Pershing Park, and Raleigh Community had a blast this week. I cannot forget last night’s event, ‘Worship on the Lawn’ at Ashton Hills. It was an epic night! The residents were excited. The kids enjoyed every single moment during the night. Over 70 individuals attended the event. A number of resident surveys were collected.”

This summer we get to do similar work with Jacob’s Well and other groups. The details are still developing, so stay tuned!

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Painting Memphis

Each summer teenagers and adults of CCC participate in Memphis Workcamp. 

Part of Steven’s 2015 Memphis Workcamp team.


This year 16 of us will scrape and paint houses in a low-income area of the city. Workcamp is June 6-10.

Please pray that the experience will nurture friendships that cross cultural barriers in the Spirit of God. 

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Welcome to this Ministry

Welcome to Tennessee
Welcome to the blog portion of this site. Ministry reports will appear here.
I’m raising financial support so I can devote more time to ministry while continuing my education. I serve part-time in preaching and youth ministry with Cordova Community Church of Christ, a small church in Memphis, TN. For more about me, click here.
My current ministry goal is to glorify God by building up the congregation and blessing the Memphis area in the name of Jesus. My teammates and I pursue that goal through prayer, preaching, teaching, and community outreach, including ministry among people experiencing poverty and homelessness. We especially enjoy equipping teenagers and young adults to partner with others in intergenerational and intercultural ministry.
To learn how to financially participate in this ministry, click here. Every gift, small or large, is a great blessing and a meaningful participation.
Thank you for being part of what God is doing in Memphis, a city that needs Jesus.