North Avenue Presbyterian Church has a long history of deep invovlement in both local and global mission. In fact, risk-taking mission and service is one of our core values. We want to make a positive impact on the world around us in order to glorify God, and we want to be pushed beyond our routine church commitments into places that we would never be if not for our desire to follow Christ. Wherever Christ is moving, we want to be there.
North Avenue partners with more than 20 mission organizations and supports more than 20 missionaries all around the world. These partnerships are divided into five categories.
Check out our mission partner in our Mission Partner Guide (pdf).
Human Trafficking and Justice
North Avenue Presbyterian Church is a founding church of Street GRACE. Street GRACE is a non-denominational alliance of churches, community partners, and volunteers dedicated to supporting, enlarging, and allying with those individuals and organizations working toward eliminating the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Street GRACE mobilizes the resources within the community — financial, human and material — toward those organizations and individuals who have demonstrated effectiveness in battling CSEC in the areas of advocacy, restoration and prevention.
North Avenue’s History with StreetGRACE
In 2000, Fulton County Chief Juvenile Court Judge Nina Hickson was appalled as she presided over the 1,000th case of child prostitution that had come before her. She considered this situation an epidemic of tragic proportions.
And she was right. This issue was brought to the attention of Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, who became a champion in the fight against this horrible injustice. In 2005, she commissioned a report known as “Hidden in Plain View,” which revealed to a broader audience the pervasiveness of commercial sexual exploitation of children in Atlanta. The report mentioned a few intersections that at the time were hotspots for this kind of activity. One of these hot spots was the corner of Peachtree Street and North Avenue—the very intersection at which North Avenue Presbyterian Church (NAPC) sits.
Dr. Scott Weimer, NAPC’s senior pastor, was shocked. Together with Rev. Dr. James Milner, senior pastor of Chapel of Christian Love Baptist Church and chairperson of the Mayor’s Faith-Based Roundtable, Dr. Weimer co-hosted two faith summits (March 2007 and January 2008). With the support of the Regional Council of Churches, these summits were organized in response to Mayor Shirley Franklin’s appeal to the faith community to join with her in the fight to end the sexual exploitation of children.
Following the faith summits, eight churches—12 Stone Church, Destiny Metropolitan Church, Dogwood Church, Dunwoody Baptist Church, Grace Fellowship Church, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, and Perimeter Church—felt the call to action and developed a strategic initiative that resulted in the formation of StreetGRACE. StreetGRACE is a network of churches committed to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children. In 2008, Cheryl Deluca-Johnson was hired as the organization’s director.
NAPC’s location puts us in the middle of one of the largest homeless and working poor populations in the city. Every day NAPC and our partners reach out to homeless and working poor men to help them rediscover God’s purpose and plan for their lives.
Some of our mission partners include:
Atlanta Mission: atlantamission.org
Clifton Sanctuary Ministries: www.cliftonsanctuary.com
Covenant House: www.covenanthouse.org
Crossroads Ministries: www.crossroadsatlanta.org
The Gateway Center:www.gatewayctr.org
Midtown Assistance Center: www.midtownassistancectr.org
* Community Men’s Bible Study NAPC
The Community Men’s Bible Study is a weekly Bible study for men experiencing homelessness. It’s made up of two groups: half are in the Personal Development Program of the Atlanta Mission while the other half are not in program. This creates an opportunity for men in program to learn with and encourage men who have not yet taken that step. The group eats a hot meal together and then has a Bible Study. It goes from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday Nights during the school year. Male volunteers are always needed to help facilitate the Bible study and to fellowship with the men, serving as sources of encouragement and friendship.
* Basketball with Atlanta Mission on Tuesday Evenings
North Avenue opens up its gym for some recreational time for guys in the Personal Development Program at the Atlanta Mission. From 6-8 p.m., guys play pick-up basketball; it’s a great way to begin forming relationships and investing in men who are getting back on their feet. Join in the fun any Tuesday.
* The Cup
The Cup has been around for several decades as an outreach worship service to the poor. Many of the attendees are homeless or in transitional shelter situations. This gathering provides spiritual formation opportunities and offers a free hot meal that provide our neighbors much needed help. The Cup gathers every Sunday at 10 a.m. on the fourth floor for study and fellowship. Come be a part of the community.
NAPC partners with organizations supporting the most vulnerable in our community and around the world. Our partners work with children, single mothers and widows in accordance with Jesus’ instructions in Scripture.
Some of our mission partners include:
Atlanta Children’s Shelter: www.acsatl.org
Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children: www.atlantadayshelter.org
Atlanta Dream Center: www.atldreamcenter.com
Center for Positive Aging: www.centerforpositiveaging.org
Maji Mazuri : www.majimazuri.org
Resource Service Ministries: www.rsmin.org
NAPC has a long history of speaking the Gospel on university campuses in Atlanta & around the world. We are committed to educating the next generation in their pursuit of a Christian faith whether it’s at neighboring universities or in our support of Bible colleges in other nations.
Come of our mission partners include:
Westminister Christian Fellowship: www.gt-wcf.org
* Westminster International Friends (WIF)
This thriving ministry at NAPC is a partnership between North Avenue and Westminster Christian Fellowship (WCF), the Presbyterian Campus ministry at Georgia Tech. WIF reaches out primarily to Chinese scholars via English Second Language classes, Bible discussions, trips, holiday celebrations, and used furniture. Students and scholars are invited to attend Sunday worship at North Avenue. North Avenue families host tables at the annual Welcoming Dinner in August, and individuals at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some return to China as Christians. These are future leaders in China! We are making a difference! For more information contact Neale and Carol Hightower.
* Soccer for Internationals
International graduate students gather to play soccer on Wednesday nights in the NAPC Gym on the fourth floor. This is a great opportunity for relationship building and ultimately gives a chance to share the Gospel with individuals who are not a part of the Christian faith. Come join in the fun any Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. For more information about serving with this ministry, contact Marcos Albertini at email@example.com.
NAPC supports a multitude of missionaries and partner organizations that are working to proclaim the Gospel to those in need of its saving message. Many of NAPC’s partners are bringing the Gospel to people for the very first time, thus answering the call of the great commission.
Some of our mission partners include:
Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship: www.pff.net
Annual Mission Conference
NAPC has been hosting an annual Mission Conference since 1958, inspiring and encouraging the congregation to continue supporting and engaging with mission, both locally and throughout the world.
See volunteer opportunities here.