Scripture calls us to “walk in love, as Christ also loved us.” CityServe 2018 will be a time to dig deeper into what it really means to walk in love with our neighbors. At CityTalk on the 22nd, we will learn about ways to connect with our community, and on the 23rd we will hear from guest Rev. Ed Copeland at our morning and evening worship services.


MidWeek Special Events

September 12: MidWeek Event
Sowing Seeds Through Church Plants

6:30pm, Sanctuary

At this session we will hear the stories of our most recent church plants: Downtown Church, All Saints, Esperanza, and The Avenue.

September 19: MidWeek Event
Meet Our Neighbors: Orange Mound and Alcy Ball

6:30pm, Sanctuary

In this session we will hear from ministry leaders and local residents about the history and ways God is at work in the Orange Mound and Alcy Ball neighborhoods.

CityServe Weekend:
Walk in Love, Memphis

September 22: CityTalk
8:30-11:45am, Youth Lounge

CityTalk will include breakout sessions led by ministry leaders and volunteers who are actively engaged in serving throughout the city. 


  • Plenary Session

    On Binding the Wounds: Reflections on a Calling
    Dr. Greg Thompson, Director of Research and Strategy at Clayborn Reborn

  • Session 1

    Understanding Complexities of Generational Poverty                        Mike Shaw, Program Director, Advance Memphis and Richard Graham, Executive Director of JIFF

  • Session 2

    Welcoming the Nations                
    Michael Phillips, Executive Director, Su Casa Family Ministries and Michael Warner, 2PC Elder and Su Casa volunteer

  • Session 3

    Improving Educational Opportunities 
    Tari Harris, Principal, Binghampton Christian Academy and Sharon Voehringer, 2PC member, Berclair Elementary volunteer 

  • Session 4

    Serving as a Mentor  
    Cam Echols-Blackmon, Executive Director, Refugee Empowerment Program and Graham & Emily Farnsworth, 2PC members, Nathan Street Ministries volunteers

  • Concluding Session:

    A Gospel Focused Response
    Dr. George Robertson, Senior Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church 

KidMission & Nursery

This year, our Children’s Ministry is partnering with World Relief Memphis to offer KidMission during CityTalk. From 8:30-11:45 a.m., our partners will guide children through lessons and activities to teach them about refugees — from why families leave their homes and aspects of refugee camp life to how immigrants come to the States and what hurdles they face as they adjust to a new culture.

KidMission is designed for ages 5 to 5th grade. Registration is required. Parents should check children in that morning in the Gym lobby.

Nursery is available for ages 0-4. Registration is required.

September 23: Sunday Worship
8:15 & 11:00am and 6:00pm, Sanctuary

At our Sunday services we will hear from guest Rev. Ed Copeland, ​​senior pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. 

Pastor Copeland is the senior pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. He is the author of Riding in the Second Chariot, a guide for ministers and church leaders, and a contributing author of Entrusted with the Gospel. He received his Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is married to his wife, Starla, and they have three children.