Mission Opportunities
Missions at Northside Drive

Northside Drive has a long history of commitment to missions, both local and global. The Missions Committee offers opportunities for all members to put our Christian faith and love into action. We serve one another's needs, those of our local community and the world by giving of our time, talents, and resources.

The Northside Drive budget provides direct financial support for over 20 faith-based organizations. In addition, members participate in hands-on mission activities and in special projects throughout the year.

Northside Drive Baptist Church is committed to working with other Baptist and faith groups including the following:

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is composed of individuals and approximately 1,900 partner churches who share a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. The Fellowship provides educational resources for churches and supports mission field personnel who serve the most neglected people groups throughout the world. The Fellowship partners with 14 theology schools and seminaries with a combined enrollment of about 1,800 students. The Fellowship has endorsed more than 500 chaplains and pastoral counselors.

The Alliance of Baptists is an alliance of individuals and churches dedicated to the preservation of historic Baptist principles, freedoms, and traditions and to the expression of ministry and mission through cooperative relationships with other Baptist bodies and the larger Christian community. The Alliance of Baptists is an organization of connections that works with other groups to meet identified needs whether local, national, or global.

The Baptist World Alliance is a fellowship of more than 200 Baptist conventions and unions comprising a membership of 38 million baptized believers. The Baptist World Alliance began in London, England in 1905 at the first Baptist World Congress. BWA unites Baptists worldwide, responds to people in need, and defends human rights.

Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, an education and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC, promotes the historic Baptist commitment to religious liberty. The mission of BJCPA is to defend and extend religious liberty for all. The Baptist Joint Committee serves 14 Baptist bodies and receives financial gifts from individuals, churches and other organizations.

Baptist Peace Fellowship is an inter-Baptist network of individuals, congregations, and various Baptist conventions and agencies. The goals are to educate, inspire, and mobilize Baptists for greater involvement in justice and peace concerns. BPF proclaims the Bible's message that loving God means caring for the weak, the poor, the despised---all those who suffer violence.

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta is an ecumenical organization that covers the 20-county Atlanta region. The mission of the council is to develop relationships, foster dialogue, and advocate collaboration. Its purpose is to bridge the denominational and ethnic boundaries by speaking with a united voice on key issues such as building affordable housing for the poor, helping the elderly, and protecting the environment.

Atlanta Metro Baptist Association is a volunteer partnership of Baptist congregations working together to assist churches in ministry and missions. AMBA provides support to the Moncrief Ministry Center and Memorial Drive Baptist Centers.

Northside Drive is committed to supporting students and theological education:

Emory University and Georgia State University Baptist Collegiate Ministries provide opportunities for fellowship, food, worship, and Bible study. Students also participate in local, national, and international missions projects.

Recognizing a need for educational alternatives within the Baptist tradition, the past two decades have seen the establishment of at least 16 new theological schools. Three of these schools receive direct support from NDBC:

McAfee School of Theology, established in 1994 by Mercer University, attracts students who have looked critically at the options and who seek a theological education that will best prepare them for ministry. McAfee is located in Atlanta and partners with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond prepares men and women for Christian ministry, offering Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. BTSR opened for classes in 1991 with 32 students and currently has over 300 students enrolled. BTSR is part of the Richmond Theological Consortium and the Washington Theological Consortium.

Baptist Studies Program at Emory is one of five theological programs housed on campuses of other denominations (Candler School of Theology). The Baptist Studies Program operates within an ecumenical Master of Divinity program to prepare students for ministry in Baptist congregations and other settings.

Northside Drive is committed to providing opportunities for Hands-on Missions including:

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity has been an important part of the hands-on ministry of NDBC for over two decades. Since the mid-90's we have been part of an inter-faith coalition building homes in the northwest Atlanta area.

Mission Trips---NDBC supports youth, adult and intergenerational trips. Members put their faith into action by building and repairing homes, building playgrounds, working in shelters and orphanages, and conducting Bible studies.

Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM)---Founded in 1987, BCM is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides both short-term relief and longer-term assistance to people in need. BCM is supported by 28 Buckhead churches and serves residents of 14 Atlanta zip code areas. The core programs revolve around providing food and shelter with the goal of helping families achieve financial stability and independence within a few months. Volunteer opportunities include Thrift Store worker, Helpline Counselor, Office Assistant, and Food Pantry Specialist.

Andrew P. Stewart Center---A longtime NDBC ministry partner is the Andrew P. Stewart Center. The Stewart Center is located in the heart of the Reynoldstown neighborhood near downtown Atlanta. Since 1917, their goal and vision has been to reach the children and families of that community by providing a safe welcoming environment where children, youth, families, volunteers and staff can grow intellectually, spiritually, emotional and physically. It is a place where lives are changed and enriched through meaningful relationships and purposeful activities. For more information on the Stewart Center and its programs, please visit their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StewartCenter), or contact the Stewart Center's Executive Director, Rev. Clayton Davis at 404-522-0942.

Memorial Drive Baptist Center---This center ministers to people's needs in southeast Atlanta. The Sanctuary Family Shelter provides intact homeless families with temporary housing, food, medical assistance, clothing, and job skills. The center is also a Set Free Ministry site---a 24/7 church that ministers to those struggling with homelessness and addictions.

Moncrief Ministry Center--- The ministry at Moncrief Center provides hope for thousands of people each year through clothing, food, Bible studies, worship services, and activities for children and youth. Economic development in the Techwood area has brought changes, resulting in the relocation of many of the families and individuals served by the center. In the fall of 2007, the ministry to children and youth moved to East Point. Other changes in the types of ministries and the location of services will take place in 2008.

Perry Homes/Agape Center---Northside has been involved with mission activities in the Perry Homes area for over 20 years. With the revitalization in that area, our role has changed, but we continue to support the Agape Center, which provides educational and other resources to residents in this area.

Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries provide support for children and families through residential care, diagnostic and assessment programs, residential counseling for adolescent substance abuse, maternity care and services for children with developmental disabilities.

LifeSpan Resources---Founded in1981, LifeSpan is an interfaith organization whose purpose is to enhance the quality of life of those 55 and older in North Atlanta by recognizing and responding to their interests and needs. Programs include quarterly Lunch and Learn, Day Club for frail older adults who are physically limited or memory impaired, Medical Escort Transportation Service, and handyman/minor home repair services.

Throughout the year NDBC participates in special mission activities including:

Souper Bowl Sunday
As part of a national focus on hunger, NDBC chefs prepare their best chili and soup and members enjoy a church-wide lunch while raising money for our Hunger Fund. These funds are used to purchase food at the Food Bank, which is delivered to Andrew P. Stewart Center.

Buckhead Christian Ministry Pantry Drive
Each February, food is collected for the pantry at BCM. In 2008, BCM fed the hungry with over 24,748 bags of food.

Thanksgiving Altar
On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Flower Committee decorates the altar and steps with fresh fruits and vegetables. After the service, the food is delivered to needy families.

Joyous Toys
Members donate new, unwrapped toys for the Christmas store sponsored by Buckhead Christian Ministry. In mid-December, clients of BCM select toys for their children.

Christmas at NDBC
Members participate in a variety of projects including the Giving Tree, Shoebox gifts, and clothing for the homeless.

Special Missions Offerings
The Missions Committee sponsors three special offerings each year, which are given to agencies/programs as designated by the Missions Committee.