At "Residents 4 Arkansas" our mission is to help improve the rural and metropolitan communities of Arkansas by working with individuals in neighborhoods to solve their problems. Our primary goal is to give residents a loud voice by assessing the needs of individuals and families young and old alike, thus giving them the tools to work for REAL improvement!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Overflow (Part 2 of our look at churches in rural America.)
In this final article dealing with the role of the church in our local communities, we’re going to discuss the; West Memphis Church of God. More specifically, we’re going to talk about one of their outreach programs which they have in place for young adults. As was discussed in our highly popular editorial; “The Humble Mission of Old St. Paul,” the purpose of this series is NOT to endorse one particular denomination over another. Instead, its sole purpose is to MAKE more people aware of just HOW hard our local churches are working to enrich the lives of so many families today. Countless houses of worship all across this great nation have seen a drastic rise in the need of local based assistance. Local based assistance comes in the form of families needing food, clothing or perhaps even access to shelter. Make no mistake about it, whether you’re a religious person by nature or not, the vast majority of churches are doing some measure of great things for needy people today. Now, let’s get to the real heart of the matter, and we’ll do so by talking briefly about the history of the; West Memphis Church of God.
The West Memphis Church of God has played a major role within the city, despite it’s not really having been there as long as some of the other denominations within our area. The Church of God is both recognized and respected by other religious institutions as one that has consistently sought and researched news ways of reaching out and empowering young adults, primarily teens. They do this within the city of West Memphis through a special outreach ministry, known as “Overflow.” It’s a unique concept, and not what you or I would deem as a “Traditional Service.” The music for one is of a newer and louder tone, and various games and fun youth activities are held. I guess you could best liken it to a very lively social gathering of young adults, with good food and a great atmosphere. It’s designed for all individuals who are seeking to better themselves and the communities in which they live.
Overflow Student Ministries is a community outreach program that exists to show the love of Christ to the community of West Memphis through mission work, and participation in community based projects. They realize above all, that in order to improve entire neighborhoods and effectively minister to people, then they must get involved with other organizations and work closely side by side with individuals of all different racial and religious backgrounds. Recently I had the opportunity to visit with Jordan Adams, who serves as the Youth Pastor for the; West Memphis Church of God. His hospitality was second to none, and it was great to have met with someone else committed to improving our area. The full audio portion of our interview with Jordan Adams will be uploaded within the next few days. We also look forward to seeing “Overflow” Student Ministries at our upcoming community cleanup. For more information concerning this outreach program, feel free to check them out at: www.overflowsministries.blogspot.com
With Humble Regards
Residents 4 Arkansas Inc.