Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church has a long tradition of supporting Christian missions in Atlanta and around the world. We want to continue to make missions an important part of our church and its overall ministry. Through our missions involvement, our members, Sunday School classes and other groups can get involved and help carry out the Great Commission in our own community and beyond.
We support missions in several ways:
- Cooperative Missions contributions to the Southern Baptist Convention, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and their state organizations
- Direct Missions contributions to 25+ organizations
- Personal Volunteer Support of SPdL members
- Annual Partnership Missions that enable SPdL members to participate personally in Atlanta and around the world
Our annual giving to cooperative missions is determined by our annual church budget and the wishes of our members as indicated on annual commitment cards. The four organizations we support, representing many diverse ministries, are:
- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)
Our contributions support global missions, seminaries, colleges and new churches.
- Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)
Our contributions support the work of the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, six seminaries and GuideStone Financial Resources.
- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia
Our support helps to fund new congregations, seminaries and provide support for church growth.
- Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC)
Our long-time support provides funding for traditional ministries, including the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and hospitals, as well as new churches, hospitals and colleges; along with counseling, church growth and pastor annuities.
- Le Centre Biblique Evangelist in France
SPdL member Elizabeth Musser and her husband operate an evangelical relationship ministry through International Teams in Montpelier, France.
- Medical Missions
Our Missions Committee administers funds available through a special trust that is intended to provide support for a medical missionary.
- Missionary House
The SPdL Missionary House is available as a temporary U.S. residence for missionaries on furlough.
Social and Outreach Ministries
- Atlanta Community Ministries (ACM)
In an effort to get people “out of our seats and into the streets,” ACM provides an umbrella for hundreds of volunteers to put faith in action by meeting the needs of high-risk kids, internationals, teens, young professionals, the disadvantaged, and people with physical challenges. Housed at SPdL for many years, ACM now has its own offices while still maintaining close ties to our church family. www.atlantacommunityministries.org
- Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM)
This faith-based ministry is supported by 24 area churches. It started as a food pantry and now provides compassionate emergency assistance to individuals and families in the Atlanta area. SPdL is a sponsor church, giving an annual contribution and stocking the food pantry at least two months of the year.
- Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM)
Local BSUs minister to students, faculty and staff on college campuses with the purpose of helping them develop and strengthen relationships with Jesus Christ. The BSUs at Georgia State and Georgia Baptist College of Nursing offer lunch programs, lead Bible studies and prayer groups, and plan mission projects and trips that aid in spiritual growth.
- Stewart Baptist Center
Located east of downtown Atlanta since 1917, the center provides ministry programs for school children, teenagers and senior adults.
- Atlanta Metro Baptist Association
The AMBA assists each partnering church to be “on mission” in its own setting. They also provide support for community ministries.
We maintain a benevolence fund to assist members or others associated with the church in their time of need.
- McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University
The McAfee School prepares men and women for Christian ministry in an integrated environment of theological inquiry, spiritual formation, and practical experience. In 1994, SPdL was one of the school’s founding churches.
- Mission Education
- Student Mission Tours
Our Student Ministry takes a very active approach to missions projects, participating in several throughout the year. From March Missions Madness to Passport Summer Camp and Operation Christmas Child – with additional awareness-building experiences also mixed in – our students work on a number of hands-on mission opportunities on a regular basis.
- Student Mission Tours
- Children’s Mission Groups meet from 6:20-7:00p.m. on Wednesday nights during the school year and teach children about using our mission money, what other cultures are like, that missionary children are just like them, and how they can be missionaries themselves – even as children.
- Mission Friends (ages 3-5) meets in Room C306 in the Children’s Building. Children must have turned 3 before September.
- Girls on Mission (girls in grades 1-5) – meets in Room C305 in the Children’s Building
- Boys on Mission(boys in grades 1-5) – meets in Room C303 in the Children’s Building
- Women’s Missionary Union (WMU)
This organization focuses on the total support of missions, such as learning, teaching, praying and providing financial support.