Ministries

Today, it’s hard to imagine Memphis without the Streets Ministries or Memphis Athletic Ministries or Christ Community Health Services…but in 1987, these were all ideas that had not yet been realized….today these organizations and ministries all over the city of Memphis trace their roots in one way or another to the Memphis Leadership Foundation.

Operational Ministries While a longstanding member of the global network of Leadership Foundations, we also partner with ministries all over the city. The partners on this webpage are those with whom we share common mission, as together we seek God’s plan for our city.

 
 

Operational Ministries

Red Zone

Red Zone Ministries was created by the Memphis Leadership Foundation to target young people between the ages of 6 to 18 who are making critical life decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.

Through fostering positive relationships and creative programming, the staff of Red Zone is making a positive difference in the lives of at-risk youth in the City of Memphis. These programs provide outreach clubs, Bible studies, internships, and educational assistance to young adults living in Orange Mound.

Contact:
Howard Eddings
Executive Director
RedZone Memphis
howard@redzonememphis.org

MultiNational Ministries

Multinational Ministries is a ministry of the Memphis Leadership Foundation with the purpose of proclaiming Jesus Christ in Midtown Memphis to refugees and immigrants from: Five Continents, Dozens of Countries, Many languages and religions…All needing to hear about the One Savior.

From plugging into existing programs like tutoring and Bible Clubs, to finding new ways to use your own individual gifts and talents for ministry, to supporting us financially and praying — there are just so many ways that you or your church group can be a part of this unique mission opportunity.

Contact:
Laurie Graves
Program Director
Phone: (901) 725-3138
Email: Laurie@mlfonline.org

 

Refugee Empowerment Program

Refugee Empowerment Program (REP) is a ministry of the Memphis Leadership Foundation that addresses the unique needs and concerns of the refugee population of Memphis, TN through innovative empowerment programs and creative community outreach.

We believe in the empowerment of individuals, families, and communities. REP values individual well-being, family unity, community, spiritual formation, education, diversity, and self-reliance. We offer educational programs for children and adults, summer programs, summer camping, childcare, cultural acclimation seminars, basic services, support for local church integration, and community advocacy. Currently, REP serves over 350 refugees from 12 different nationalities.

Contact:
Cam Echols
Program Director
Phone: (901) 725-3103
Email: Cam@mlfonline.org

Economic Opportunities

Economic Opportunities is a ministry of MLF and was created in 1994. This ministry is a business venture that provides employment and training for “hard to place” individuals.
Men and women released from prison often face daunting obstacles as they move back to their communities. They frequently have difficulties finding jobs and housing, and experience problems reconnecting with family and other social supports. In addition, former prisoners are concentrated in a relatively small number of distressed urban neighborhoods that lack resources to assist in the reentry process. Not surprisingly, many end up returning to prison, a disastrous result for them, their families and communities, taxpayers, and public safety. We believe that stable employment is critical to a successful transition from prison to the community.

EcOp has attracted increasing attention in recent years, as Memphis and Shelby County seek ways to reduce recidivism and control surging corrections costs. Our program participants are invited to join daily prayer, devotions and weekly Bible Studies to encourage Christian values and strong work ethics. Participation in these activities is voluntary and is not a condition for receiving program services, however our program practices are effective at promoting successful transitions and reducing recidivism.

Contact:
Glen Clayborn
Email: glen@ecopmemphis.org

 

Excel Leadership and Scholarship Program

Excel Leadership and Scholarship program, formerly known as ACTSIX, is equipping emerging urban leaders to engage and serve the college campus and ultimately the city of Memphis through a 4 part strategy:

Recruit and Select
Locally recruit and select students from a diverse and urban background in Memphis who show academic promise as well as leadership potential.

Train and Prepare
Intensively train these groups of students in the months prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically, and grow spiritually as service minded leaders.

Send and Fund
Send the students as cadres to our faith based partner schools.  Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, Bethel University in McKenzie TN, or Union University in Jackson, TN with a significant scholarship funded by the universities for 4 years of education.

Support and Inspire
Provide strong campus support, ongoing leadership development, mutual accountability within the cadre and vocational connections to inspire scholars to serve in Memphis.

Download the application and send back to us.

Contact:
Tracy Anthony
Program Director
Phone: (901) 729-2931
Email: Tracy@mlfonline.org

Clayborn Temple Restoration Project

The future of Clayborn Temple is evolving every day, and we need your input in helping us shape the new life of this historic property. Please come to Clayborn Temple to write on our suggestion wall or send comments to dream@claybornreborn.org.

We do know a few things, and we’re learning more as we go:

  • We are dedicated to creating a place that honors the unique history of this site and the people who worked, worshipped, and organized here.
  • We are dedicated to creating a place that responds respectfully to Memphis’ growth and evolution, particularly the changes coming to our immediate neighborhood.

Contact:
Rob Thompson
Program Director
Email: rob@robthompson.net/

 

Cooperative Computer Ministry

Cooperative Computer Ministry (CCM) a ministry which exist to train urban youth in the area of computer literacy, as well as, to serve the Management Information System needs to MLF

Restore Corps

Restore Corps
Restore Corps is a program of the Memphis Leadership Foundation.
Mission
We exist to eradicate human trafficking by empowering survivors, equipping communities, and seeking justice through systemic change.
Vision
To see a slave free community through the rehabilitation and empowerment of survivors and a community galvanized against human trafficking.

 

Contact:
Rachel Haaga
Executive Director
Phone: (901) 410-3590
Email: rachel@restorecorps.org

 

Operation Hope

Operation Hope provides programming for high-risk youth in Memphis, Tennessee in order to provide a positive alternative to risky behavior and gang involvement that they may become productive citizens within their community.

Contact:
Kenyatta Thomas
Program Director
Email: kenyatta@mlfonline.org

Las Americas

Las Americas is a youth outreach ministry targeting Latino youth living in the Hickory Hill Community. Outreach Clubs, Bible Study and afterschool educational programs reach over 100 youth weekly.

Contact:
Daisy Diaz
Program Director
Phone: (901) 363-7158
Email: Daisyanndiaz@aol.com

 

Leadership Development

Leadership Development offers two year-long training workshops to urban ministry leaders and pastors: Urban Arrow is a leadership and management training workshop. Transformational Giving is a fund raising workshop.

Contact:
Larry Lloyd
Phone: (901) 729-2931
Email: Larry@mlfonline.org

Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart is a partnership with Youth Villages where we provide an on-site coordinator for their Spiritual Life Program. More than 350 youth in residential treatment have the opportunity to participate in weekly chapel, Bible Study and worship services.

Hilda Arsenault
Program Director
Phone: (901) 252-2955
Email: Hilda@mlfonline.org

 

901 Bloc Squad

901 Bloc Squad is a community mobilization and outreach team charged with combating violence through outreach and service connection, specifically targeting youth 14 to 25 years old. They each have the ability to carry a caseload of 15-20 participants, and they will assist each participant by linking them and their families to educational opportunities, employment training and assistance, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, etc. Within seventy-two (72) hours of a shooting incident, the 901 BLOC Squad will partner with community stakeholders to organize a community activity to call attention to the incident and urge community members to speak out against violence.

The objectives are to: 1) emphasize a unified message that violence is no longer acceptable in the community; 2) incorporate a strong street outreach component, with outreach workers canvassing neighborhoods and connecting with high-risk youth and young adults during evenings and weekends to diffuse situations and link them to services; and 3) intervene in potentially violent situations to reduce the chance that a shooting will occur.

Contact:
Delvin Lane
Program Director
Phone: (901) 230-7348
Email: 901BlocSquad@gmail.com

Community Bikes of Memphis

Community Bikes of Memphis provides organizations in under served neighborhoods with bikes, training, and the ongoing support they need to establish unique bicycling programs. Our collaborative approach to youth and community development is the key to the long term sustainability and success of our programs.

Riding and maintaining a bicycle provides numerous skills and benefits. Community Bikes is dedicated to working with organizations that embrace this mindset.

Contact:
Bill Jurgens
Program Director
Email: bill@communitybikesofmemphis.org