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Guiding Principles

Mission Memphis operates on a strong biblical foundation. While our hearts are fully engaged, to be successful, the work of our hands must be guided by the Word of God. 

Our Vision

That Second Presbyterian Church would become a leader in advancing the cause of shalom (God’s peace) in every neighborhood in the city.

Our Mission

Mission Memphis seeks to glorify God and advance His Kingdom by engaging the members and other resources of Second Presbyterian Church, directly and through partnerships with others, in effective and sustainable ministries that proclaim the Gospel, extend mercy, and promote justice in our city.

How did we arrive at this vision and mission?

God is clear in pointing out who our neighbors are, what their (and our) greatest needs are, and our responsibility in meeting these needs. 

Who is our neighbor?

Those who need mercy. “'Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?' The experts in the law replied, 'The one who had mercy on him.' Jesus told him, 'Go and do likewise.'”  (Luke 10:30-37)

What are their (and our) needs?

The Gospel is the most basic need of all people; the Gospel is the only means that can provide hope and the moral foundation needed to change people’s lives. “Come unto me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

What is our responsibility?

With resources comes responsibility. “Those who are specially blessed have a responsibility to be a blessing to others.” (1 Timothy 6:17)  “For to whom much is given, much shall be required.” (Luke 12:48)

We have a special responsibility to the disadvantaged (those unable to help themselves). Jesus is clear in telling His listeners how they should care for those who are hungry or thirsty, homeless, sick or in prison: “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 31-46)

We have a responsibility to be involved in the specific needs of our city. “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you…” (Jeremiah 29:7)

What is our approach?

To work in partnerships with others, honoring their efforts and holding one another accountable for our ministry efforts. “For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege in sharing in this service to the saints.” (2 Corinthians 8:3-4) 

We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men. (2 Corinthians 8:20-21)