One of the key ways we reach the 700,000 unchurched in Memphis is through serving with our local partners who are working to advance the Gospel in the fields of education, community development and health care.
New in 2017 was the creation of the Local Catalyst Grant to provide short-term funding to help jump-start new programming. Catalytic funding is awarded twice a year—in the spring and fall—and can be awarded up to three times in a row for larger projects. Christ Church was happy to award the following grants:
Life Choices Memphis: Life Choices exists to educate and empower women to choose and cherish life. The ministry received a Catalyst Grant for the purpose of supporting interim prenatal care at their clinic with the collaboration of medical care from Resurrection Health.
Memphis Family Connection Center: Memphis Family Connection Center seeks to strengthen adoptive and foster children, their families and their support systems by addressing the far-reaching effects of loss and trauma through holistic family-centered care and training. The ministry received a Catalyst Grant for the purpose of establishing Camp Soar, a week-long trauma-informed camp for adoptive and foster children families.
Juvenile Intervention & Faith Based Follow-Up (JIFF): JIFF’s mission is to break the destructive cycle of juvenile crime through Christ-centered intervention. They received a Catalyst Grant for the purpose of providing transportation and program expenses for mentor relationships in the Live Life Together Program.
Binghampton Development Corporation: The BDC is a Christian community development corporation founded to improve the quality of life in the Binghampton neighborhood. The ministry received the grant for the purpose of supporting the Kaleidoscope Kitchen, a new initiative to provide culinary entrepreneurial skills for refugee and low-income individuals.
Service Over Self: SOS exists to glorify God by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in underserved neighborhoods through home repair and leadership development and received the grant for the purpose of expanding their SOS Builds after-school program to high school students.
Eikon Ministries: Eikon is a disciple-making youth ministry in the Binghampton neighborhood. The ministry received a Catalyst Grant for the purpose of establishing a new after-school literacy and tutoring program for students at the Bing Dance House and Nathan Street Ministries.
For more information about all of our Local Partners, including ways to serve, visit ChristChurchMemphis.org/LocalPartners.