GROVE PARK|ATL

The Place

Grove Park is a beautiful community in West Atlanta, Georgia (3 miles west of Georgia Tech). It is a place ripe with redemption, bursting with longing and potential that has been quieted and ravaged by racism, addictions, economic recession and crime. Nearly 30% of the buildings and houses are  abandoned and in disarray – boarded up and closed off to their potential as businesses and homes where families can flourish in community. The need is great, the challenge to plant a gospel driven missional church will be hard, but the power of the Holy Spirit is unlimited. The glory God will receive and the redemption and flourishing that will be accomplished far outweighs the risk and struggles ahead to plant this church.

 

Stats

Grove Park  
  • 4K population (3K decline last 15 years)
  • 95% Black, 3% other, 2% White
  • $22-30K avg household income
  • 20% plus unemployment
  • Food Desert
30318 Zipcode 
  • 50K population
  • 60% Black, 30% White, 10% other.
  • $40K+ avg household income
  • 32% living below poverty line
  • Growing Population

Iverson Family

The Planters

Danny and Kimberly Iverson met while in college and fell in love three years later while Danny was running an inner city ministry in Newark, NJ. Their hearts for the poor and marginalized of society, and the conviction of God’s love and redemptive purposes for such places, drew them together on mission. This shared passion continues to be a driving force as they follow God’s calling to plant a church focused on reconciliation and renewal in Grove Park in Westside Atlanta. They love being on mission with their six children, the oldest of whom is currently nine.

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Our Plan

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 “To see the Shalom of God holistically transform Grove Park, Atlanta, and the World.”

 

 

 

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 “To awaken, strengthen, and multiply Spirit-filled disciples of Jesus who are discovering and displaying the Shalom of God in all areas of life.”

 

 

What is Shalom?

Why is our church called Shalom City Church? And what is “Shalom” anyway?

Shalom Means Peace … And So Much More

The closest English word to Shalom is peace. When we think of peace, however, we generally think it simply means the absence of war or strife. If you’re not fighting, you must be at peace, right?

Not quite. Shalom — and peace — mean so much more than that.

Shalom is the Hebrew word for holistic peace — peace that permeates every aspect of our lives and our being. It is a word used throughout scripture to describe the absolute joy, flourishing, fulfillment, and bliss found in the presence of God. It also conveys the beautiful, interdependent relationships that God’s people eternally share with Him, each other, and all of creation.

Nothing Broken… Nothing Missing… The way things are supposed to be. Shalom is what has come into the world through Christ, and is made complete when Christ returns and fully eradicates sin and death forever. God is glorified as Shalom happens. We have a mission as God’s people to discover and display the Shalom of God’s Kingdom to this hurting world by faithfully proclaiming the Gospel in WORD and DEED as we share life with our neighbors.

What is a ShalomHouse?

Part of the way we want to spread Shalom in Grove Park is through the establishment and multiplication of ShalomHouses. ShalomHouses are individual homes spread out throughout Grove Park where most of the Church’s discipleship, fellowship, hospitality, worship, and mission will happen — even after we have “real church.”

Once established, they will grow to be groups of 20-25 people who live in a specific area — generally within a few blocks of each other — who live out the Church’s core values as they intentionally share life throughout the week with each other.

What will your local ShalomHouse look like?

That depends on the personality of the leader of your ShalomHouse and the people who join it!

  • Block parties
  • Service projects
  • Pot-luck dinners
  • Running or dog-walking clubs
  • Worship gatherings
  • Prayer walks

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“Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce…. Seek the Shalom of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its Shalom you will find your Shalom.”

Jeremiah 29:5,7

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Our Core Values

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Read extended versions of our core values as well as our statement of faith and what we believe about God, humanity and this amazing world we live in.

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“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Hebrews 13:20–21

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