Local & Direct
Listed below are the organizations supported as Northminster’s Local and Direct missions, through our Missions Committee. If you would like additional information on any of the organizations listed, you may contact Bill Thompson, Chair of the Missions Committee, for information related to Local and Direct Missions, or Doug Boone and Dennis Smith, Co-Chairs of the Denominational Relations Committee, for information related to the National and World Baptist Missions.
Baptist Children’s Village
The Baptist Children’s Village was founded in 1897 as the Baptist Orphanage. The purpose of the Baptist Children’s Village is to provide a Christian environment where the physical and spiritual needs of hurting children are met by a loving, God-called staff. The Baptist Children’s Village includes five locations in the State of Mississippi with a main campus located in Jackson.
Beginning Again in Christ
Beginning Again in Christ is a Christian faith ministry whose mission fields are the correctional institutions in the State of Mississippi. The primary purpose of Beginning Again in Christ is to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the prisons and to disciple in an holistic manner offenders and ex-offenders to prepare them for re-entry into society. Beginning Again in Christ accomplishes its mission by placing chaplains inside prisons and by following up with an aftercare program which provides inmates being released from prison with a place to live which is conducive to their spiritual growth.
Catholic Charities was established in 1963 as the social service agency of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. The mission of Catholic Charities is to be a visible sign of Christ’s love by helping those who are unable to help themselves; the poor and vulnerable, especially children, women and families. The Catholic Charities’ Shelter for Battered Families Program strives to meet the residential needs of victims of domestic violence and their children.
Exchange Club Parent Child Center
The Exchange Club Parent Child Center is a non-profit organization committed to preventing child abuse and improving the quality of life for families at risk of abuse. The center was founded in 1981 and was the third center of its kind to be opened by the National Exchange Club Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse as a part of Exchange Clubs’ national efforts to combat child abuse. The Exchange Club Parent Child Center offers parenting classes to any parent who is interested in learning to parent children in a nurturing way. Additionally, the Exchange Club Parent Child Center offers technical training/in-service training for school and day care personnel on topics related to child abuse.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a housing ministry in which a partnership is formed with low-income families to build houses which they then purchase on a non-profit, no-interest basis. Habitat for Humanity is an international ministry, building homes in over 1400 locations in every state in the U.S. and in 40 countries. Habitat is the 17th largest homebuilder in the United States.
Hospice of Central Mississippi
The Hospice of Central Mississippi philosophy of care addresses the needs of the patient as well as the needs of the caregiver. Seeking to enhance quality of life and dedicated to treating the psychological, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of pain. The Hospice of Central Mississippi provides in-home care and, through Whispering Pines Hospice, an inpatient facility. Through this hospice ministry patients receive the gifts of comfort, quality of life and death with dignity.
The Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed is a ministry to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of mentally challenged adults by providing a loving and protected Christian community and meaningful activities that allow the participants to fulfill the potential that God is creating within them.
Salt and Light
Salt and Light is a ministry that has grown out of the Honduras ministry of Northminster and other Mississippi Churches. It is the Mississippi sister organization and provides funding to Ministerio Sal y Luz, a holistic Honduran ministry seeking to provide spiritual, educational, housing, medical, and dental care to the poor in Honduras. It is also the sponsor of the Northminster Mission trip to Honduras.
The focus of Magnolia Speech School is to teach hearing impaired and language disordered children to listen, understand, and to speak. It is the belief of the school that these barriers can be overcome through early identification and intervention. There are four service branches of Magnolia Speech School, including: 1) the Magnolia Speech and Hearing Clinic for diagnostic evaluations, individual therapy, and hearing aid services; 2) an auditory/oral classroom program for the hearing impaired; 3) a structured multi-sensory classroom for children with severe expressive and receptive language disorders; and 4) a preschool autism program for replication, combining behavior modification, sensory integration and multi-sensory language techniques. In addition, Magnolia Speech School provides parent education and mainstream support to increase the chances for success for each child as he/she enters the “real world” of normal education.
Mission Mississippi sponsors and/or coordinates opportunities for people of various denominations and racial backgrounds to meet, get to know each other and serve the Lord together through gatherings such as: weekly Thursday morning prayer breakfasts at alternating black and white churches, meetings of pastors and pastor/spouse retreats, annual Mayor’s Leadership Prayer Breakfast, annual picnic and Christmas party, annual youth and adult rallies, Two and Two Together Restaurant Day. Mission Mississippi’s vision is to encourage and actively express unity in the body of Christ across racial and denominational lines so the message of Christ can be better seen in our communities throughout Mississippi.
Mississippi Food Network
Mississippi Food Network is a food bank (warehouse) which includes a large and growing membership of religious organizations located within a 56-county service area that work together to provide food to the homeless, elderly, handicapped, mentally ill, battered or otherwise needy men, women and children. The mission of the Mississippi Food Network is to secure, assess, warehouse and distribute donated and purchased food to qualified member charities within its service area.
New Life for Women
New Life for Women is a residential treatment program dedicated to the rehabilitation of chemically dependent women. Services are provided without bias to previous treatment experience, socioeconomic background or national origin. New Life for Women’s program is designed to meet the needs of the whole person - social, physical, emotional, vocational, mental and spiritual, with the emphasis placed on individual responsibility to gain and nurture the skills to meet these needs.
Operation Shoestring is a private, non-profit community services organization designed to help people overcome the problems of poverty and racism so that they can become self-sufficient. Operation Shoestring’s mission is to provide a ladder of opportunity to disadvantaged families. Through a variety of programs serving children, youth and adults, Operation Shoestring assists over 1000 Jackson families facing social, economic and personal challenges. Operation Shoestring includes the following programs: day care fore pre-kindergartners; after-school and summer programs for children in grades K-12; emergency services for families and seniors; a college test prep project for teens; and an art and entrepreneurship project for teens.
Stewpot Community Services
Stewpot Community Services, a non-profit community organization, began in 1981 when seven congregations provided volunteers and funds to form a soup kitchen. Both the scope of services and the number of volunteers have grown drastically through the years. Today, Stewpot Community Services involves over 70 local congregations along with countless businesses, clubs and individuals. The purpose of this organization is to provide people of faith with an opportunity to help persons in need make the most of the lives God has given them.
Young Life is a mission community of Christ centered people committed to reaching adolescent youth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This mission is carried out by building personal relationships with young people, by sharing and participating with young people in a variety of experiences through which the Gospel can be heard and experienced by them. The mission of Young Life is carried out under the authority of scripture and through an understanding of incarnational witness.
Grace House was established in January, 1995 as a place to live for people living with HIV disease. The purpose of Grace House is to provide caring supportive services to all people affected by the HIV disease, to create and maintain a home environment in which people living with HIV disease may live with dignity, safety and care and to provide public education and awareness about HIV/AIDS. Grace House is a non-political, not-for-profit organization that relies on concerned individuals and organizations for its operation and support.