As the world moved into the neighborhoods surrounding Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (MDPC), its members reached out to their new neighbors with open arms, open hearts, and open doors.
The city of Clarkston is full of immigrant churches and start-up nonprofits that are already reaching people and meeting real needs. But these fledgling groups desperately need welcoming and affordable space for their services and programs.
MDPC recognized that their large campus is an enormous asset in this context. MDPC began actively sharing their space with both new worshipping communities and service-oriented nonprofits that began filling the campus with worship, English literacy programs, after-school initiatives, educational opportunities, integration support, and recreational activities.
As the complexity grew and the resources of the congregation decreased, MDPC began asking for help and inviting others into the opportunity of stewarding this campus for the good of the city and on behalf of the newcomers who are rebuilding their lives in Clarkston.
Under the direction of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, a Steering Committee, acting in concert with MDPC and key stakeholders, met frequently over the course of 2017 to discern and dream the future of ministry with those who face significant spiritual, physical, and economic need in the Greater Clarkston area.
After significant study, prayer, collaboration, and consultation; Memorial Drive Ministries was incorporated in December 2017 as a church-based nonprofit that manages the Memorial Drive campus with the mission of fostering diverse Christian worship, innovative community services, and transformative relationships.
Since then, we have organized an energetic MDM Board, received our 501(c)(3) status, and hired our first Executive Director. We also signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding with Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and solidified our partnerships on campus with 6 different congregations as well as 10 different nonprofits and recreation groups. In addition, we have partnered with numerous churches across Atlanta and other outside organizations that have helped us to address deferred maintenance items on campus and begin making necessary capital improvement to the space. We have also launched our website, online giving page, and Facebook page.
The future looks bright so come help us write the next chapter together!