Serve the City
In the book of Nehemiah, we see a man distraught and broken for His city. He desires to see renewal in His city. We too desire to see renewal in our city, the city of Memphis. We want to be intentional in the way we live in our city. We will be intentional in the way we love Memphis, in the way we pray for our city and the way we participate with our city.
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
Intentional with the way we LOVE our city:
We believe that there was nothing in us that deserved or earned God’s grace of salvation. It is that truth that fuels our love for the city of Memphis. As undeserving as we were, we will love every and all peoples.There is not one person that God does not love. In fact, Paul says to Timothy in 1 Timothy that “God desires that all would be saved”. As Peter says in Acts, “who am I to stand in God’s way”. We must be compassionate and merciful to those of Memphis. We will love every person no matter the differences we may have. The Gospel is the great equalizer and we will herald it to as many as we can through our words, but also through our deeds, pointing people to Jesus Christ.
Intentional with the way we PRAY for our city:
We believe in the power of prayer. We believe that God chooses to use the prayers of His people and we want to be used by Him. We will be intentional, as a church, to pray for renewal in the city of Memphis. Our gatherings, no matter size or location, will be supported by prayer for our time together, but also for city renewal. God will accomplish what He desires. Our prayer is that our desires line up with what He desires.
Intentional with the way we PARTICIPATE with our city:
We don’t desire to recreate ministries or social groups for the sake of trying to do them better. In a lot of cases, ministries and social groups have been working successfully for years with the goal of bettering the city of Memphis. We want to join them in their efforts and not replace them. We want to participate in events, fundraisers, and ministries that look out for the welfare of the city. There will be an intentionality as we, at The Church at Cooper Young, look out for the welfare of the city. We don’t want to be focussed on ourselves and miss or ignore what is happening inside the city of Memphis. We will set goals to participate as a church quarterly with ministries that are already acting on behalf of the city.
We desire to be vehicles of justice to those who haven’t been able to receive it, like widows, orphans, and single parents. James says that true religion is caring for widows and orphans.We have a desire to care for the children of Memphis.
Our mission is to Stay Grounded, Share Life Together, and Serve the City.