Giving: God, Jesus & Us

givingThe more I read the New Testament the more I am convinced that God wants us to become like Jesus. I am not talking about becoming like him in his divinity. That just isn’t possible. But we are to become like Jesus in every area of our life. Just as Jesus loves God with all his heart, mind, soul and strength…he calls us to do the same. Just as Jesus loves mankind, he calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves. My point is, we are supposed to be like Jesus in as many was as possible. So when we read about Jesus’ life and ministry it is important that we learn to imitate him (or “follow him” as his disciple).

God is a giver:
One of the primary characteristics God wants for us to imitate is to be giving or generous people. I can say that with confidence because God is a giver by his very nature. The most popular verse in the Bible, John 3:16 tells us that God loved the world so much that he gave us Jesus. God gave us Jesus in three major ways:

  1. He gave Jesus to us through the incarnation
  2. God gave Jesus to us in the crucifixion (he died for our sins)
  3. God gave Jesus to us in the resurrection (he was raised so we will be raised)

Jesus is a giver
Not only is God a giver, Jesus was also a giver. Jesus gave his disciples many things including authority (Matt 10:1, 28:19), food (Mark 6:41) and most importantly he even gave himself. Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45). This verse tells us that Jesus’ very attitude was one of giving, not one of taking or receiving. Jesus wasn’t worried about what was in it for him because he trusted God would take care of that. Philippians 2 tells us that Jesus had an attitude of humble submission to his Father that he was willing to let go of his equality with God (maybe better translated that he didn’t see his divinity as an advantage to be eagerly or greedily grasped on to).

We are called to be givers
I could give you a list of commands and verses about how we are supposed to give. They are in there. But after reading about God and Jesus we shouldn’t even need commands and pro-giving verses to be convinced it should be a big part of our lives. This is not about giving money. This is about giving of ourselves. You can throw money at a problem or an issue without throwing your heart at it. God wants us to be like Jesus and give ourselves away. Like Jesus, life is not about what it is in it for us because we trust God will take care of that part.

I pray that 2013 is a year where we can be generous in as many ways as possible. One of the biggest ways to do that is to make ourselves available to others.


A Generous Gift

Just before I left for Christmas one of our elderly ladies stopped by the church building with some Christmas cards for the ministers. Her health is not all that great, she has pain and doesn’t drive very many places like that. So I thought it was sweet she would make a special trip to bring by her Christmas cards. But it gets even sweeter. When I opened it up there was a check inside made out for $2. That just melted my heart. I called her to thank her for her generosity and kindness. She said she knew it wasn’t a lot but it was all she could do. I feel so blessed to have friends like that.

Jonah Said the Sweetest Thing

Last night as we came home from LIFE group Missy and I were discussing Elijah’s (our 11 month old) birthday party. At his party we are asking people to bring gifts for the local  Children’s Hospital (All Childrens) and Jonah was listening to the details. He went into his room, got out his bin of toy animals, and told us he wanted to give some of them to sick children at the hospital so they could feel better. That really touched my heart and I was really impressed he put all that together, having just turned three. My prayer is that we can raise him into a man of God who can keep that attitude and impact the lives of many through his joy and generosity.

Now I just wish he would feel the same way about letting his little brother Elijah play with his toys!

God Lessons from Elijah (7 months)

I was feeding Elijah dinner yesterday. I kept noticing that when I tried to give him food he would just ignore me but if I took it away he would start opening his mouth and wave his arms around. He did this four or five times and I finally asked him, “What is it that you want? I am trying to feed you what you need but you don’t seem to want it!”

I wonder if that is how we act toward God some times. He keeps trying to give us what we need but we don’t pay any attention.

Thank you Elijah. You have reminded me to be content and appreciative for all God has done. You have taught me to find God in the little things and remember that there are bigger things God does that I will never be aware of but He does them anyway. Thank you God that you are so patient with me even when I don’t appreciate You like I should. Thank you God for giving me just what I need and helping me see you more clearly through little Elijah.

Mike Murdock – Show Me the Money

One of the new found blessings of having cable television for the first time in six years are all the “great” religious programming we can now watch. Last week we tuned in to see the Inspiration network with Mike Murdock. He was talking about sowing our seed so that God will bring a harvest to our lives. What he was really saying was if you send money to this ministry then God will bless you financially. He was challenging people to send in $1,000 to his ministry and you would receive two things: a copy of his new book (most expensive book I have seen in a while) and financial blessing from God. He even went as far as to say if you have credit card debt, don’t send the money you owe to the card company. Instead, send it to his ministry in faith and watch how God will bless you because of your generosity.

I have to say this was the only time I have ever heard him speak and so I have to be careful about the conclusions I am able to draw from it. I did some looking online and it seemed like more of the same. It seems to be all about money. For every one reference to Jesus there are twenty or more references to giving money to his ministry. I keep asking myself how do these guys get on the air when there are so many decent people out there who really care who have no voice. I guess the networks are more interested in getting someone on air that can generate piles of cash rather than preach the truth. Sad. Have any of you heard him speak or watched more of his programming? Is this a fair representation of what he typically preaches about or did I just catch him at a bad time? It seems others have had the same impression:

Jesus Banquet

For more information on how to donate go to this link at – Dump Day 2010

Church Pantry Ideas – Food Planters

Nooma #23 – Corner

There is a ministry in our area called Five and Two food. They make it their business to make sure hungry people get fed. Dave, who works with this ministry, had a couple of ideas for our pantry that I thought I would pass on because it is so practical and others might benefit from this information.

The first idea that I thought was outstanding was for church members to dedicate a row in their personal garden to the church pantry. Pantries rarely have fresh produce because it is typically expensive to acquire and doesn’t have a long shelf life. This would take some coordination to make sure the pantry didn’t get overwhelmed with food it couldn’t do anything with. Encourage members to give some of this out that day to the struggling in their neighborhood or the homeless they drive by on a regular basis. We haven’t decided to do this one yet at Northwest but hopefully we will in the next year or so.

The second idea was to build a food planter on the church grounds. We are going to pursue this one. Our 20s & 30s class is going to help maintain this food plot and our church pantry will use this fresh produce to supplement the canned goods we already give out on a weekly basis.

What ideas have you seen work well for the food pantry where you worship?

Video Parable on Stewardship – God’s Pie

A great video on what we have, where it comes from, and what we do with it…

Benevolence Ministries in the Church – 1

Let’s start this series with a couple of questions:

  1. what has been your experience with benevolence ministry?
  2. What has worked well and what has needed improvement?
  3. How have you balanced being discerning with compassion?
  4. How do you define what someone is genuinely in need of?
  5. Do you assess more than just financial needs?
  6. What kind of follow up is necessary (type, frequency, etc)?
  7. Do you provide financial counseling (how to budget, how to find a better job, resume prep, etc)?
  8. Is this solely at the discretion of the elders and deacons (e.g. you don’t need to personally help people outside your Sunday contribution because the elders have already budgeted to use some of that to help others)?

What are your thoughts?

171 Urban Ministry Resources Including Links, Annotations, and Contact Information

This is a work in progress (as you can tell by the formatting). It is an attempt to catalog inner city ministries and Christian urban outreach programs across the United States. Each resource has a link, an annotation, and a contact. They are sorted by city and state and then by category. I put this together a couple of years ago as a student at HUGSR in the Urban ministry class so this is pre-Katrina (sorry John!…I will get to that eventually) and needs a lot of updating. Let me know if there is anything you would add or if any of the links get broken. This is the third of my wordpress pages I am converting to posts so that the information can be better disseminated.

Please comment with relevant links of related ministries and resources you know of.

Urban Churches and Community Outreach Programs:


Inner City Church of Christ (Branch of Mayfair Church of Christ) – of
This is a church website that provides information on their various ministries. They also have a decent list of Bible links. They lay out their scheduled topics for the preaching year and contact information.

Inner City Ministry of Huntsville –
A very small website that, in a single page, outlines the staff and programs of this ministry, which is basically their service schedule.

Inner City Ministry of Mobile –
Another site connected with the Nashville Inner City Church. It is a very small site that provides information on staff members and contacts.
Contact: (251) 432-5734

Landmark Church of Christ –

Landmark offers Bible studies to those in inner-city Montgomery 6 days a week. The provide transportation, clothing and relationships to those they come in contact with. They currently have 350 attend weekly.
Email: or by phone – Ken Kilpatrick (334) 277-5800


Little Rock:
River City Ministry –

They provide health and human services as well as ministry to the poor in Little Rock. They have a medical clinic, pharmacy, eye clinic, and dental clinic. They have a food pantry, clothing, and lunch four days each week.
Email or by phone – (501) 376-6694

Silver City Church of Christ –
The Silver City Church has mentoring programs, weekly worship services, a Carnival and Summer camps.
Email or by phone – Greg Sublett (501) 658-8849


Los Angeles:
Bel Air Presbyterian Church –

This ministry is involved in 22 different outreach ministries. They cover everything from Ronald McDonald House to outreach to at-risk teens. See also
Email or by phone – (818) 788-4200, ext. 118

Hilltop Community Church of Christ –

Provides a comprehensive list of their ministries, prayer lists, youth events, and schedule of worship.
Email or by phone – Matthew McMillon (310)322-5757

Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles –

They provide education, job training, counseling, legal assistance, recovery programs, transitional housing, medical and dental care, meals, shelter, and clothing to help people have a second chance.
Email or by phone – (213) 347-6300

Beyond Shelter (Homelessness) –
Dedicated to combating poverty and homelessness. They have a shelter, employment services, housing, neighborhood regeneration, and an Institute for Research, Training, and Technical Assistance that puts on workshops and does consulting work.

World Impact –
Dedicated to bringing the gospel to the inner city all over the U.S. Focuses on indigenous church planting, evangelism, discipleship, schools, and camps. They have other locations in Fresno, CA; San Francisco, CA; Oakland, CA; San Diego, CA; Newark, NJ; Chester, PA; St. Louis, MO; Wichita, KS; and Dallas, TX.

Modesto Gospel Mission –
Provides food, shelter, job skills, help with addictions, parenting, and spiritual guidance. They also have a women’s shelter.

Palo Alto:
Urban Ministry of Palo Alto (Palo Alto Church of Christ) – and
Provides meals, groceries, employment, and shelter to the homeless and low-income of the city. They also provide gifts to poor children for Christmas. They sponsor the Urban Ministry of Palo Alto that meets the physical needs of the poor in Palo Alto.
Email or by phone – (650) 493-4263

San Diego:
Safe Harbor Church of Christ –

San Francisco:
Raphael House –
Shelter for the homeless. They have casework, aftercare, and children’s programs. They provide counseling and education as well as a thrift store.
Email or by phone – (415) 474-4621

Santa Ana:
Orange County Rescue Mission –
Provides shelter for the homeless men and women, family housing, addiction recovery, and medical clinics. They also have a mobile medical unit for those with no insurance and a hunger relief vehicle.
Email or by phone – (888) 946-HOPE (4673)

Santa Maria:
Central Coast Rescue Mission –
GED prep, Bible study, helping others help others,



Denver Rescue Mission

Has a men’s shelter with over 100 beds, 10 apartments with child care for single mothers, rehabilitation farm, and career training.


(303) 297-1815

Dry Bones

Trying to reach, rescue, and reconcile Denver youth. Supported by the Lakewood Church of Christ. They have backpacking in the Rockies, friends/relationships, and generally meeting the children where they are. This even involves occasionally renting a pool hall and having kids play for free.




Bridgeport Rescue Mission

They have a new life program that helps people overcome obstacles such as addiction. They have a homeless shelter, as well as clothes and food donation and distribution.


(203) 333-4087




Inner City Ministry of Orlando

As are all the churches indexed in this website, the information is very sparse. It lists programs – basically bible classes, staff, and contacts.


(407) 366-1676

Orlando Union Rescue Mission

Programs are split on gender lines. Men’s programs include: shelter (80 rooms), discipleship and job training. Women and children’s programs include: space for 174 people with an average stay of 8 months. They have a “Victorious Life” program with a goal of bringing people to Jesus.


(407) 422-4855


Pensacola Inner City Church of Christ

They run a Bible school and bus ministry. This site is another branch of the Nashville Inner City Church Website.


(850) 455-5426



Atlanta Union Mission

Website is now down.



River of Life Mission

This website is now down as well.




Jesus People Short Term Youth Missions

This site is down.

Contact –


Southside Mission



Wheeler Mission Ministries

They have a resource center/camp for men struggling with addiction and homelessness. This is called the Hebron Center. They have a women’s shelter with an average night of 75 women there. They also have a Hispanic ministry.

Contact: or


Kansas City:

Swope Parkway Church of Christ

They host a large number of programs: meals on wheels, pantry, transportation, prison ministry, small groups, and substance dependency groups. They also have services on radio and television.



Springfield Victory Mission

They have GED training, job training, addiction recovery, homeless shelter, clothing giveaway, shelter for women and children, emergency food and transportation, a thrift store, and a trade school.


(800) 346-3678


Beaver Falls:

Word of Grace Outreach

Offers a networking service for ministers and ministers across the country. They have a number of small group resources online. They offer mission trips to India, Ukraine, Haiti, Chile, Argentina, New York, Portugal, Spain and elsewhere.

Contact –


Urban Impact Ministry

This “is an urban ministry dedicated to helping the unreached people groups of New York City come to Christ. We primarily work with Jews and Muslims, as well as immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Asia.” They have a nice collection of New York related links including city and subway maps, and links to information on Islam.



Bronx Fellowship of Christ (plant of Manhattan Church of Christ)

They meet the first Sunday of each month in rented space and the rest of the time in house churches. They teach conversational English, Introduction to Christianity, and have a marriage course.


(718) 829-7801


Metro Ministries – Metro Ministries in Brooklyn, NY is based in the inner city and does Sunday School for over 20,000 kids a week. They also have “Brooklyn Boot Camp” for an intensive urban ministry training.


Manhattan Church of Christ

This is an excellent website that also is host to the Urban Ministry Conference website. They have Spanish ministries, online sermons, small groups, and a number of downloadable files of information or sermons on relevant contemporary issues.


(212) 737-4900 – Thomas Robinson

New York:

Mission New York City

Currently down

Camp Shiloh

This is a Christian camp that is aimed at inner city youth. They provide mentoring, after school programs, and tutoring. They provide a camp for children 8 to 15.


(212) 737-8258

City Harvest

They have nearly 800 programs that mainly focusing on bringing hunger relief to the needy of New York. With over 500 weekly donors, they collected over 21 million pounds of food in 2002-2003! They also have a nice information kit with valuable resource and statistics on hunger.

Contact: – Patricia Barrick
(917) 351-8700


New Jersey/New York

Metro Soul Urban Outreach Team

They have an abundance of free software for ministry. They have information on planting churches in the Northeast United States. They have a “How to” for using census data for ministry. See:

Contains Demographics of the Northeast United States as well. They also have a number of articles on church growth and planting.

Contact: – Ben Cheek


World Impact

They focus on church planting and Christian schools. This is part of the world impact churches mentioned above. See: for a helpful map of their locations, schools and camps.


(316) 681-1317



Urban Ministry Center

The have a “Room in the Inn” ministry that encourages churches from many denominations as well as colleges to open their doors to the homeless one night each week. They also teach through art and have worship.

Contact: – David Mullennix

(704) 347-0278



Cincinnati Urban Ministry Outreach

This is a church website that explains their ministries. They have a pantry and prepare holiday baskets. They also have a helpful links page to many popular Christian ministries and “Church of Christ” Universities


(513) 489-4659



John 3:16 Mission

They have a homeless shelter for men, car donation, crisis intervention for families, food pantry, and free store.


(918) 587-1186



Portland Urban Ministry Project

This is a well known urban ministry website in churches of Christ. The site is currently undergoing a bit of construction. They offer church services, Bible clubs, and tutoring. They also have a van ministry, teaching reading, and community meals.


(503) 528-8158


New Castle:

City Rescue Mission

Massive shelter and food services, clothing, counseling, networking, and case management are all offered. They help all from the homeless to victims of natural disaster.



Inner City Missions

They are non-profit and faith based. They seek to spread the Gospel and meet people’s needs. They have medical services, crusades, clothing and food ministries, and a sidewalk Sunday school.


(215) 634-6635

Master’s Commission

This site is currently down.




Inner City Ministry of Chattanooga

Ministries include: Bible school, Hispanic ministry, tutoring, and chorus.


(423) 624-0752


Farragut Church of Christ

List themselves as being involved in urban missions but their website does not give any details. See for a bulletin board of Urban ministry activity (currently empty).


(865) 966-5025


Inner City Ministry of Murfreesboro

Provide Bible school and worship for inner city Murfreesboro.


(615) 896-4444

Riverdale Church of Christ Inner City Ministry

This ministry uses buses to take volunteers into the inner city to pick up 2nd – 5th grade children and evangelize them.


Kingwood Heights Church of Christ

This ministry is attempting to plant an inner-city church in Murfreesboro. They also provide financial and human resources to the inner-city.


(615) 893-8618


Memphis Urban Ministries (MUM)

This ministry is involved in planting inner-city churches throughout the Memphis metropolitan area. (The website could use to be a bit more detailed). Provides internship positions for those interested in inner-city ministry.


(901) 755-6745

Agape Child and Family Services

Offers Christian counseling and adoption services. They also have counselors in several area churches. They have parenting classes, support services, and medical/insurance options.




Youth Encouragement Services

This is an outreach ministry to teens in Nashville’s inner-city. They provide a basketball league, tutoring, after-school programs, day care, and a Christmas store.


(615) 315-5333

Nashville Inner City Ministry

This is a bus ministry that picks up inner-city youth and takes them to their own Bible study/worship. This has developed into the Inner City Church of Christ (listed below). It is also responsible for planting the churches listed above with the web addresses.


Nashville Inner City Church of Christ

This is a church with the goal of planting similar churches in inner-city neighborhoods. The attendance is now over 600 (unclear if this is combined across locations or just in Nashville).




Southern Hills Church of Christ

This is an off-site urban outreach. This is mainly an outreach to children. They provide transportation, food, and Bible study. The ministers involved are Damon Parker and Brad Carter.


(325) 692-2670


Mission Arlington

This is an inter-denominational group with 254 house church congregations with a 4000+ attendance.

Ministries: Citizenship classes, G.E.D. classes, Conversational English, job assistance, 12 step recovery program, busing, summer camp, carnivals, scholarships, sports, crisis intervention, dental and medical clinics, eye exams, Bible studies, and internships.




Northside Church of Christ

Ministries include literacy programs, tutoring, Bible classes and worship. They provide Bible study tools and online Bible correspondence courses.


(409) 833-7706


Dallas life and demographics/statistics

Central Dallas Ministries

Came as offshoot of Preston Rd. Church of Christ

For a list of ministries, see


(214) 823-8710 x20

Dallas Community Youth Development Program

This was developed as a juvenile crime prevention program. They have leadership and skill development programs, service projects, education, and mentoring. They have an extensive list of links to similar agencies.


(214) 421-7330

Fort Worth:

Fortress Ministries

This is a church interested in community outreach for inner-city For Worth.


(817) 335-1007


Bammel Road Church of Christ

They have a lot of children’s ministries. They have addiction recovery groups and a Hispanic ministry.


Impact Houston Church of Christ

This church is known as the big inner-city outreach church of Houston. They have a distribution center for food and clothing that is open three days each week.


(713) 864-5667


Central Lubbock Church

They have the “Inside Out Community Outreach”, which is “a church-based substance abuse, addiction, homeless/hunger relief and HIV prevention ministry.” They have a food pantry and clothes distribution center, HIV testing for at-risk individuals, support groups for people in recovery from drugs, alcohol and other addictive behaviors. They also have Imani House Transitional Living Centers for men and women.



(806) 744-8633



Mission Spokane

They focus on church planting, community transformation, and prayer ministries.


(509) 468-4855


Tacoma Rescue Mission

They provide food, shelter, addiction recovery, and other emergency services.

Contact: – Diana Jeffery – Mike Lonergan


Central Union Mission

They provide shelter, safety, strengthening families, Hispanic ministry, Seniors luncheon, showers, medical and free legal aid, homeless shelters, and a camp retreat. They serve over 180,000 meals each year.


(202) 745-7118



Huntington City Mission

They feed the hungry, offer pastoral care, and clothing giveaways. They provide lodging, counseling, and case management. They have a decent list of links.


(304) 523-0293



Milwaukee Rescue Mission

Outreach to homeless men and women and to inner city youth. Help with job skills and placement, tutoring, mentoring, and spiritual development.



Urban Economic Development:

The Center for Urban Economic Development – University of Illinois (Chicago)

They have a database of full text articles on: Community economic development, workforce development, Neighborhood indicators, Contingent work, labor market trends, and immigrant and labor.

The Center for Urban and Regional Policy – Northeastern University (Boston)

This contains mostly data and data analysis tools for the city of Boston. Citistat is a program that allows one to review all areas of Boston city government. Their staff web page offers a number of course power points that have sociological lectures –

A Large list of links – including: Economic data, economic development, education, homelessness, housing, neighborhoods and communities, poverty, public policy and advocacy, sprawl, urban centers (university studies), urban planning, and urban professional organizations. See –

Economic Development Handbook

A Word document Handbook of considerable length and detail. “This study was conducted to identify the neighborhood economic development process for neighborhood members and was funded by Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)”

Pew Research Foundation – Urban Development and the Internet

This site is currently down.

They provide over 1000 useful links for socioeconomic data. They have tools for gather data from multiple sets. They rank various metro areas on a number of statistics. They also have projections of economic trends

Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy

They have clickable maps for state and local data from several federal statistical agencies. It also has links to all the original data sources.

State of the Cities Data Systems, Department of Housing and Urban Development

This comes out of HUD. It is full of economic performance indicators for metro areas. They also have crime and employment statistics.

A source for over 100,000 data sets on state and national employment.

Urban Outreach Programs:

Pratt Institute Center for Community & Environment Development

This site is currently experiencing problems.

AGRM – Association of Gospel Rescue Missions or

This is an very well done and comprehensive website listing hundreds of Gospel Rescue Missions. They have employment information, statistics, missions, and links to member organizations all over the country. This is a very important tool for urban organizations and networking.

Center for Urban Community Services

Focuses on homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse. They have transitional housing and links to Housing publications.

Compassion Works (Branch of Compassion International)

“Conferences for urban youth workers. Held in March in 2 locations-Philadelphia and Chicago. The main purpose of the conference is to motivate, equip and network urban youth and children’s workers from across the United States.”

Connect for Kids

This site provides a very wide range of resources concerning juvenile problems, adoption, parenting, and a large range of other topics dealing with children. The goal of the site is to develop better policy concerning children.

Continent of Great Cities

“Continent of Great Cities ministry recruits, trains, and cares for missionary teams that establish churches in Spanish and Portuguese speaking urban centers of South America.” They have a list of targeted cities and large scale church planting efforts.



Faith-Based Community Economic Development

Produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Public and Community Affairs Department.

Habitat for Humanity International

World famous organization that is dedicated to “eliminating poverty housing.”

International Center for Urban Training – City Team Ministries

Involved in inner-city youth work which hosts a center for urban training. The year-long program combines classroom instruction with supervised field experience. Offers a one year program to equip men and women for effective ministry in urban/cross-cultural contexts.” [Site is currently down]

International Mission Board

This is a group formed by the Southern Baptist Convention. Their goal is to evangelize the world. They have a missionary directory (now accessed through 1-800-866-3621), very helpful maps of various regions of the world in need of the Gospel, and people groups identified that need the Gospel.

Mission Year

“Our program is simple. We recruit teams of 5-6 committed Christians to live and work together in a poor urban neighborhood as ‘members’ of an active local church, reaching out to love their neighbors in a variety of practical ways. Besides church participation, our weekly routine is devoted to community service (in schools, hospitals, or other social service agencies) and neighborhood outreach, along with ongoing training, team-building, and personal devotions. Our people work long and hard to strengthen their communities, and to develop the kind of relationships that can change people’s lives forever.”

National Crisis Prevention Institute

“Provides nonviolent crisis intervention training to youth service providers.”


North American Mission Board

They have a large amount of education resources, computer/clip art, church planting resources, financial information, and a large staff dedicated to church planting and broadcasting resources.

Urban Immersion 2004

Offers spring break urban mission opportunities in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Detroit, and Washington D.C.


World Vision

“World Vision is an international Christian relief and development organisation working to promote the well being of all people – especially children. In 2003, World Vision offered material, emotional, social and spiritual support to 100 million people in 99 countries.” They have information on relief efforts, publications, and a large number of relief related links.

Federal Government Programs:

Community Development Financial Institution Fund

This site is currently down.

Faith-based and Community Initiatives

This covers everything from abstinence grants, conferences, data collections, and regulations for faith-based initiatives to receive government support.

National Congress for Community Economic Development

They have a HUGE number of links national and regional that deal with economic development. They run everything from AmeriCorp to the Prescription Benefit Card Program. For a list of programs, see

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development see also for information on specific communities.

This is the place for information and statistics on housing, rent, and many articles on a wide range of housing related subjects.

Demographic Resources:

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions Studies

AGRM’s population and demographics page.

American FactFinder

This is a data extraction tool for use on the 1990 and 2000 U.S. census data.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

They have income levels by industry even down to the county level. They have regional input-output data and gross state product.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Statistics on National, State, and Metropolitan employment and unemployment. They also have wages broken down by industry.

Census Scope

This has a large number of trends and population growth statistics. There are also numerous maps and rankings.

Demographics and Census Data

This site has numerous articles on demographics and population information. There are also census directories and definitions.

HUD USER – Housing and Urban Development – Policy Development and Research Information Service

This is a “gateway to current written research and analytic tools produced by and for HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research (PD&R). You can use this online resource to access research reports about housing and community & economic development, datasets that can be used for original research, HUD income limits and fair market rents, and much more.” They also have some very useful reports.

U.S. Census Website

Home of the U.S. census. They have a population clock (U.S. and world), as well as trends, demographics, and projections. All things dealing with population figures and access tools.

Urban Youth Ministry:

Urban Youth Ministry Information

This is part of the AGRM website. It is full of resources and ideas for working with urban youth. See also


Summer Camps for Inner City Youth


San Francisco:

CityTeam Camp MayMac

They serve “disadvantaged and at-risk youth” from the San Francisco area.


(831) 335-3019



Cross Bar X Youth Ranch

This camp is specifically designed to take on low-income and at-risk inner city children.


(970) 259-2716



Riverwoods Christian Center

This site is currently running very slowly or is down.


Summer in the City

This is designed to let college students spend their spring break making a difference for those in inner city Chicago.



South Side Missions Camp Kearney

This camp is for inner city and foster children.




Wildwood Ranch

This camp is directed toward inner city children. Over 90% of those attending are on scholarships. They have over 1000 children attend each summer.


Grand Rapids:

Camp Mel-Tro-Mi

This is a camp for all ages. Its goal is to share the Gospel with hurting children and families.


(616)454-8249 ext. 248


Kansas City

City Union Mission/Camp CUMCITO

This is a branch of the City Union Mission in Kansas City, MO. This camp is to provide love and discipline for those with no home stability. Follow-ups happen after camp.


(816) 474-9380



The City Mission Youth Department



Buffalo City Mission, Inc

They have a shelter for women and children as well as food and clothing. They help with job loss and substance abuse. They also have a summer camp.


(716) 852-0761


Syracuse Rescue Mission

They have a learning center, career development, vocational training, and work experience. They also have a thrift store and statistical resources.


(315) 472-6251


Camp Bennett


Urban Studies Institutions:

For a large list of University Urban Institutions, see

That was listed above under URBAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – The Center for Urban and Regional Policy – Northeastern University (Boston)

The Center for Student Missions

“The Center for Student Missions exists to provide students with an effective urban ministry experience that transforms lives, invluences local churches and honors Christ. Local churches, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, childcare facilities and youth facilities are active in the inner city, but they need volunteers to be successful.”


Stadia – New Church Strategies – Christian Church Planting

This site helps organize church planters. They have a number of helpful downloadable forms on church planting. They have region specific information on church planting. They also outline the vital steps for planting a church.



Christian Connections for International Health

This is from the Christian Connections for International Health website.



Alcoholics Victorious (Kansas City, MO)

“Alcoholics Victorious support groups offer a safe environment where recovering people who recognize Jesus Christ as their “Higher Power” gather together and share their experience, strength and hope. Both the 12 Steps and the Alcoholics Victorious Creed are used at most AV meetings.”


(816) 471-8020

Alcoholics for Christ (Detroit, MI)

Based out of Detroit, they minister to alcoholics, their families, and children raised by alcoholic parents.


(248) 399 – 9955

Drug Treatment:

Calvary Ranch (Lakeside, CA)

Residential Christian Drug treatment facility.

Christians in Recovery (Tequesta, FL)

Over 2000 pages of helpful information to overcome addiction and maladaptive behaviors. A huge resource of information on drug treatment.


See –

GOAL Ministries – Global Outreach for Addiction, Leadership, and Learning (Princeton, NJ)

Helping people overcome addictions with Christian principles. GOAL stands for Global Outreach for Addiction Leadership.



National Association for Christian Recovery (Brea, CA)

Have additional recovery ministries linked at –

Contact: – Dale Ryan

Net Casting Ministries (Statesville, NC)

Helps broken families and addictions.

Contact: – Ron Ross

(704) 872-9769

Overcomers Outreach (Oakhurst, CA)

12 step program, Christian, deals with addictions



Teen Challenge World Wide Network (Springfield, MO and around the world)

Teen Challenge National Website

Teen Challenge of Southern California

Global Teen Challenge

Drug prevention program for teens. There are multiple site all over the world. See –

They have drug information and parental resources, as well as residential programs for teen drug recovery.


Sexual addiction:

Heart to Heart Counseling Centers (Colorado Springs, CO)

Deals with sexual addiction. They have telephone counseling, support groups, information on finding out if your spouse has a sexual addiction, and journal articles.



Mastering Life Ministries (Jacksonville, FL)

Deals with sexual sin and brokenness as well as anger management.


(904) 220-7474

Urban Counseling

Christian Counselors Directory

926 Counselors in 636 communities. This is a networking and reference tool.

Turning Point Counseling Center

This site is currently down.



Offers information for those affected by abortion, rape, incest, and sexual abuse

This site is currently down.


For those overcoming sexual abuse

This site is currently down.

Confident Kids Support Groups

Website for children of dysfunctional homes. They have curriculums, resources, seminars, and directories.


His Mansion Ministries

Helps dysfunctional Young Adults.


(603) 464-5555


Christianity and Homosexuality –

Has great links, organizations, and articles on the topic of Christianity and Homosexuality. It has a bibliography, questions and answers, and other links. It is part of the “Gay Change Web Ring” which can be accessed at the bottom of the page.

Exodus International

Helps people leave the gay lifestyle. Resources for those in the gay lifestyle as well as for ministers who deal with this topic. They have a large array of articles and topics with detailed information.



Rest Ministries

For those with chronic pain

Website is currently down.

Victim to Victor

Reconciliation for victims

Website is currently down.


Urban Mission Journal

Offers a selection of full text articles from the Urban Mission Journal

Urban Ministry Conference

email for information

Helpful articles with Urban Ministry tools:

Hispanic Urban Ministry Conference

The Hispanic version of the above Urban Ministry Conference.


Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization

This site is dedicated to spreading the gospel all over the world.

Urban Ministry Resource Guide (Emmanuel Gospel Center)

They have a guide book for urban ministry, pastoral resources, and service opportunities.

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions – Computer resources In particular –

This is a page of their online tools for urban ministry. They have an introduction to using computers as tools for urban ministry, a software library, and list serves.

They also have an extensive list of more Urban ministries similar to those listed in this post.


They provide a huge number of links and databases on all things Christian. This covers everything from church history to languages and upcoming concerts.


They call themselves the “ultimate online Christian search tool”. This site also provides links to a large number of Christian resources.

Poverty and Homelessness

American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty

This is the Bar Associations Commission/Conference on Homelessness.

Homeless Online

This is a not for profit organization that also serves a few other interests. They are non-religious.

Homelessness Information from the AGRM

This page has a large number of articles on all facets of homelessness. It also contains statistical information on homelessness.

National Alliance to End Homelessness

This is an effort to mobilize the private sector to bring an end to homelessness. They have a 10 year plan and a tool kit of information to prevent and end homelessness.

National Resource Center for Homelessness and Mental Illness –

They have statistics on homelessness, links to journals regarding homelessness and a large list of links of Federal sites regarding homelessness.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Homelessness Page

A very small page of several government links regarding homelessness.

Report on Homelessness

This is a substantial article on the state of the homeless in the U.S. They cover mental illness, definition of terms, substance abuse among the homeless, and the spiritual condition of the homeless.

Operation Work

“To provide homeless men and women Worthwhile Opportunities through Resources, Knowledge, Job Training and Career Development, helping them to become productive and self-sufficient members of society”

Online poverty tour

From the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. This is a flash presentation on the homeless.

Urban Missions Internships

Association for Gospel Rescue Missions – Internships

Check here for many internship positions in Urban or Inner City rescue environments. It contains many non-CofC national/international outreach programs.

Online Church of Christ Directories

Here are three key online lists of Churches of Christ in America:

Churches of Christ Online

Church of – Church of Christ Directory

Church Zip – Online Directory for Churches of Christ