Luke 19:10 “for the Son of man came to seek and save what was lost.” Christ’s mission is our mission; to see people redeemed in Christ, to restore broken relationships and to transform our environments. This means bettering the quality of life spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally.
ATLAS is a non-profit, Christ centered, inter-denominational organization dedicated to touching lives for Christ by coming alongside area churches and cooperating with other organizations, including government agencies. We are dedicated to following the work God is already doing in our communities. In the words of Isaiah, we strive not to carry our own torches and walk ahead of God, but rather depend on God’s leading to light our paths. Atlas is committed to cultivating community wide evangelism, prayer, and compassionate service through a comprehensive 3-part strategy.
- Helping the Hurting
ATLAS strives to reach out to people in the community who are in need and connect them relationally to grow in Christ likeness.
- Equipping the Saints
ATLAS equips and mobilizes the saints to serve, mentor, evangelize, and disciple.
- Uniting the Community
ATLAS unifies the community to work together through all its denominations and faith traditions.
As we view ourselves on the road of life, most of us find ourselves in a pothole from time to time and need someone to reach out and give us a helping hand. Within the walls of our churches we do a pretty good job of recognizing these needs and responding. Outside of those walls, we are less effective. This is not a criticism of our churches; it is simply a reality. If we don’t walk in the unchurched world, we don’t see it. If we don’t see it, we don’t understand it, and if we don’t understand it, we can’t minister effectively to it.
Over the years the potholes in our communities have grown larger. We have a much higher percentage of people living outside the church body and apart from the way God has instructed and intended. Many find themselves in potholes needing a helping hand but have no relational infrastructure to provide it. ATLAS was started to address these unmet needs in our communities.
No government entity or program can make this happen. It needs to start in local communities with ordinary citizens taking responsibility and making personal sacrifices to help their neighbors – one person at a time – mentoring, modeling, challenging, and holding themselves and others accountable to be what God calls us to be.
No one leader can meet these needs; it takes a community. God calls people to multiply and share their talents, never hoard and exhaust them. As individuals are helped by their mentors, they may one day do the same for others. The rippling effects of such a program will be greater than anyone could imagine.
We must drop the denominational walls and work together in our communities to help those that are hurting, no matter what that hurt is.