Our mission is “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.” To do that, we engage in many forms of ministry, by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ one-on-one, feeding the hungry, partnering with non-profits to provide job skills to children aging out of the foster system, and so much more. We use our facility throughout the week so that those in need can share in the love of Jesus Christ. We have a strong belief that service is a form of worship.
McKendree on Mission
— Restoration Pointe
Restoration Pointe is a ministry of McKendree United Methodist Church, but is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has its own board and operating budget. Restoration Pointe encompasses and directs many ministries, including 5 & 2 Gathering (weekly lunch), Clothes Closet, The Foundry (transitional housing), and soon a free dental clinic. For More Information, click here.
5 & 2 Weekly Meal
Every Tuesday at 11:30 McKendree invites 100-150 hungry men and women in to eat a meal together. We need volunteers! You can volunteer weekly, biweekly, or once a month. If you can serve from 11:00am-12:30pm, please let us know.
Our Clothes Closet has free clothing for our displaced community. We need volunteers to greet people, and be in the closet as they choose items. We can arrange the closet hours to fit your schedule.
FOLDING CLOTHES We need people who can sort, fold and put away clothing at times when the closet is not open for the public. Can you give 1-2 hours in the morning or afternoon, once a week, every other week, or once a month? All help is greatly appreciated!
CLOTHING NEEDS We need Men’s clothing for the clothing closet, especially large size men’s clothing. You may bring your donations to the church on Sundays or call Ruth in the church office (615) 271-2600 if you’d like to bring a clothing donation Monday-Friday.
VOLUNTEERS TO WORK We also need volunteers to open and close the clothes closet. Unfortunately due to demands on our staff, we must rely on volunteers to help serve this ministry. All help is greatly appreciated!
McKendree hosts this transitional housing shelter on-site for men so they can get off of the streets and into their own residence. By utilizing unused space that is vacant during the week, our space has been transformed into transitional housing for up to eight men a year, complete with beds, restrooms and showers, and a kitchen. In addition to housing, training is offered in job placement, financial planning, wellness development, and conflict resolution. Each participant in The Foundry is assigned a life coach who helps in spiritual formation and goal setting. Weekly coaching happens with each Foundry participant.
Winter Warming Stations
Due to our belief that our doors are open to all people and that our building should be used constantly to help the community, we are pleased to provide temporary shelters and warming stations during the cold Nashville winters.
— E/M/SJ Team
McKendree established an Evangelism, Mission and Social Justice Team to address issues in the Nashville Community. This team envisions and coordinates participation in social and political issues that focus on poverty, education, and healthcare.
To all the Life Groups, Sunday School classes, extension classes, teams, groups and/or families – we invite you to share a meal with the Foundry! If your group can prepare a hot meal for the men in our Foundry and bring it to the church, please contact the church office. This can be done any night of the week. We are not asking you to commit to doing this every week, but just as your group is able to participate. Please call the church office for details.
— Metro Nashville Public Schools Mentoring Partnership
Mentoring young men at Rose Park Middle School on Thursdays @ 11a.
— ON-SITE COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Monroe Harding does for kids in foster care what a family would do. They provide security, support and give young people a chance for success as they have been doing it for 120 years. Housed on the third floor of McKendree United Methodist Church, their Youth Connections program is a resource center for young men and women, ages 16-26, who are currently in or have aged out of foster care or state custody. Here, young people receive assistance with employment, housing, High School Equivalency/GED classes, tutoring, post-secondary education planning, sexual health education, and financial education classes.
In addition to their core classes, the downtown McKendree location provides a place where youth can hang out, shoot pool, make a snack, or use the computer lab to research jobs, check email, Facebook, etc.
Housed on the fourth floor of McKendree UMC, The Contributor, Inc., is a nonprofit, social enterprise that prints and publishes a weekly newspaper. They recruit, interview, and train homeless and formerly homeless vendors to distribute their paper. The Contributor, Inc., then sells the paper to our vendors at $0.75 per issue and vendors, in turn, sell the paper to their customers for retail at $2, plus tips, earning at least $1.25 per paper sold. The vendor keeps all profits from the sale of the paper to their customers.
To serve in any of these ministries, call Ruth at (615) 271-2600 or complete the form below: