Second Presbyterian Church exists to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ by seeking disciples for the Kingdom of God, sustaining faith through worship, care, education and fellowship and serving others in need through love, compassion and support for community and worldwide mission.
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received
— 1 Peter 4:10 (NRSV)
God Calls Us To Serve
God calls us to serve. The strength of a congregation’s life is measured by its service to the community and world, as well as its care for its own people.
The pastors and program directors are the support staff, the Session and other leaders provide the direction and guidance, but every member is a minister of Christ. Through the grace of God and with the generous gifts of time and talents from so many individuals in the church, we offer ministries to those who worship and learn among us, and to the people who live beyond our walls.
“Serving Christ” means being in the community and in the world reflecting the love of Jesus Christ. We help those in need, and we work with agencies in our city and region that help them. We want to share the Good News, and we reach out to other cultures by supporting missionaries and mission trips. We are part of a “larger church,” the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a tradition with deep history, extensive resources and gifted people.
Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.
— Deuteronomy 16:17
God calls us to give
All that we have and all that we are is a gift from God: our time, our talent, our money, and even the gift of life itself. God gives us all these many gifts out of love.
God’s intention is not for us to be actual owners of these gifts, using them only for ourselves, or hoarding them, or ignoring or hiding our gifts. Rather, God’s purpose is that we be good stewards, managers, or caretakers of these gifts by using them responsibly, generously, and wisely for building up the Kingdom of God.
Stewardship is about transformation. It’s a call to conversion and spiritual renewal to place God first in our lives. Stewardship is everything we do after we say we believe.
Those Who Spread Kindness
Buckhorn Children and Family Services was founded to provide compassionate and dignified residential care and treatment of troubled youth male and female, ages 8-17, and their families on campuses in Eastern Kentucky and Ohio. The family-centered approach to care means that the youth and families they serve receive the highest quality trauma-sensitive services available addressing psychiatric, foster care and adoption, and family preservation and reunification needs. Buckhorn promotes healing in a peaceful and safe environment.
The Cabbage Patch Settlement House
The Cabbage Patch is a local, non-profit Christian organization. The mission is to equip and empower at-risk children, youth and their families to be self-sufficient by helping them maximize their economic, educational emotional, moral, physical, social and spiritual potential. In 2016, “The Patch” celebrated its 106th year of profoundly changing lives.
Cedar Ridge Camp is a summer camp, retreat center and outdoor education center. Catch a fish in the lake, paddle in a canoe, try your hand at archery, take a dip in the swimming pool, hike through the cedars and hardwood forest, enjoy the beautiful private Lakeside Pavillion or gather a group of 100 or more friends in the large meeting space, Hopkins Hall. The mission is that Cedar Ridge is a place set apart for people to connect with God, with nature and with each other.
Dare to Care
To lead the community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need. On Thanksgiving Eve in 1969, nine-year-old Bobby Ellis died of malnutrition in his Louisville home. The stunned Kentuckiana community took action and created Dare to Care Food Bank, to ensure that no one in the community lacks enough food to live an active, healthy life. Today, Dare to Care partners with over 300 local social service agencies, such as food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens to distribute food to the community. In the past year, Dare to Care and our partners provided over 16 million meals.
Habitat for Humanity
When people think of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville, they think about building houses. And they should, since Habitat began in 1985 they have built or renovated over 450 homes in Metro Louisville and Oldham County. But, while building is what they do, the reason it is done is to change lives. Habitat builds homes because they are essential building blocks for families and communities, especially when coupled with strong relationships and healthy neighborhoods.
The Healing Place
To reach men and women suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, provide the tools for recovery, and restore productive lives. The Healing Place truly is “where hope is found.” Whether you are someone struggling with addiction in your own life, looking to get help for a loved one, or searching for a recovery model that really works, The Healing Place is here for you. The program is unlike any other in the country. Because it’s based on a social model – one that’s about empowerment rather than entitlement – it is more than five times more effective than the national average at keeping people clean and sober. Best of all, it’s open to everyone, and they maintain it with a far lower cost than most other facilities.
Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center
For nearly 30 years, the Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center has been helping the healing of individuals and families. Kilgore provides services to all members of the community regardless of their ability to pay, thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Kilgore Samaritan is a faith-based non-profit counseling center that recognizes the importance and power of the relationship between a person’s spiritual growth and their emotional and physical well being. The mission is to serve all those in need even if they are not faith driven or spiritually oriented. They will guide you down the path of your choosing.
Portland Avenue Community Trust (The PACT)
Portland Avenue Community Trust
A ministry serving the needs of people in the Portland neighborhood area, PACT provides a clothes closet, a food pantry and household goods to those in need.
Presbyterian Homes & Services of Kentucky, Inc.
Presbyterian Homes and Services of Kentucky is a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides communities of health care and services for Older Adults. Those in care are encouraged to maintain the highest level of independence possible. Each community is as unique as its geographic location and services range from Assisted Living to Skilled Nursing Care.
United Crescent Hill Ministries
Serving Our Neighbors – Building Better Community. United Crescent Hill Ministries, created and sustained by neighborhood communities of faith, in relationship with organizations, individuals and businesses, builds better community by serving the neighbors in Clifton, Clifton Heights and Crescent Hill with programs, activities and services that enrich their lives physically, mentally, spiritually and socially.
UCHM was founded as a Christian ministry “to enable our neighbors to gain a mature and meaningful self-image as God’s creatures, and to provide programs that will foster human growth and development without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin.”
Uspiritus was founded in 2012 with the merger of Bellewood Home for Children and Brooklawn Child and Family Services, two organizations that had each been in operation for more than 160 years. In their beginnings, both grew from the desire of a committed few to nurture and provide for children who needed help most. Through growth, change and ultimately partnership, the organizations that now form Uspiritus continue to uphold that philosophy in all they do to provide greater care for vulnerable children and families throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The mission of Uspiritus is restoring hope, instilling confidence, furthering education, encouraging spirituality and faith through a comprehensive continuum f care for vulnerable youth and families
Wayside Christian Mission
Continuing to serve as one of Louisville’s main safety nets, Wayside Christian Mission tackles the root causes of homelessness using a proven holistic approach. Alcoholism, substance abuse domestic violence mental illness and a lack of education and/or vocational skills are among the leading causes of homelessness. By addressing the primary causes of homelessness in a nurturing, caring environment, those bound by poverty and addiction have been able to return to the community as sober, self-supporting citizens.
West End School
West End School is a free, private, college preparatory elementary and middle school for at-risk young men. Admission is open to boys entering pre-kindergarten through sixth grade who are on free or reduced lunch, are capable of doing academic work at grade level or above and who would benefit from a safe environment and high expectations. Through the school’s rigorous academic and personal standards, West End School encourages the students to attain the highest possible level of scholarship, intellectual growth, responsibility and character.
EDUCATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL MISSION
Lay Minister Training Center - Presbyterian Church of Ghana
With only 50 full-time ordained ministers in the region, there is a vital need to educate and train lay leaders in all things Presbyterian. These lay leaders will minister to the needs of the congregations and lead worship in the nearly 600 churches of the Western Presbytery. Rev. Dr. Albert Anakwa, a former student of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is leading the way to help develop Christ’s Church in Ghana.
2016-2017 Sponsored Intern
The 2016-2017 Sponsored Intern is Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary student Courtney Bowen. Courtney is in her third year at LPTS and serves as an intern to First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana. This program helps Courtney to experience full-time ministry and First Presbyterian Church to strengthen existing ministries or help launch new initiatives.
Justo Mwale Theological University
Rev. Agnes Nyirenda, student of Justo Mwale Theological University, Zambia
Other International Partners
- Rev. Dustin and Sherri Ellington – Zambia
- Daniell and Elizabeth Turk – Madagascar
- Rev. Karla Ann Knoll – Costa Rica
- Rosario de Mora community – El Salvador