Local partnerships assist members to love like Jesus in Memphis. We seek the welfare of the city by working together to empower local schools, ministries, non-profits, and health care organizations for holistic growth through the gospel.
Christ Church's strategy to bring a holistic gospel to the city of Memphis includes strategic partnerships in three key areas: education, community development, and health care. Click on a picture below to see an overview of the need and a list of our partners with ways for you to pray, give, and go with each.
While the church partners with numerous organizations around the city, the church has made a strategic and geographic investment in the neighborhood of Binghampton.
The Binghampton community is located at the geographic center of Memphis representing two square miles and 8,000 residents. Binghampton began as an independent and racially integrated rural Memphis town in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The community experienced a shifting character as the city’s growth pushed east and urban manufacturing jobs departed, leading to various stages of racial segregation, poverty and population flight, which spawned a significant reduction in home ownership and increased vacant and blighted property. The population declined by 31% from 1970-2000. Now, 35% of residents live under the poverty level, with some census groups being reported at over 70% being in poverty. 52% of householders are female with no husband present, and 17% of housing units are abandoned or empty.
Thirty years ago, Christ Church made an intentional decision to show the love of Christ to this neighborhood. Service Over Self Service Over Self was established, and has since become an independent non-profit. Service Over Self, or SOS, was started to meet the needs of homeowners in Binghampton by providing home repair and roofing services. Since its launch, SOS has repaired more than 900 homes with more than 24,000 volunteers. Fifteen years later, the church made an investment in the economic conditions of the neighborhood by starting the Binghampton Development Corporation. The Binghampton Development Corporation desires to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood through job training, economic development, urban farming, and parent training. Five years ago, the church made another strategic investment when the neighborhood elementary school, Lester School, which was consistently performing in the bottom five percent of all schools in the state of Tennessee, became apart of the Achievement School District. The church supported the efforts of the Capstone Education Group, and Lester School became Cornerstone Preparatory School. Since its inception, the neighborhood charter school has had massive success, including double-digit gains in all subjects and a visit from the Secretary of Education. Through the work of these three organizations, and the work of others in Binghampton, the neighborhood is slowly turning in a new direction.