Caring for the Welfare of Our City

God’s people are challenged through the Scriptures to care – for Jesus’ sake – about the communities in which they live.  Old Testament believers who found themselves in exile were told, “…seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you…” (Jeremiah 29:7).  Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14).

The following ministry opportunities are ways we might increasingly care for the welfare of our city.

Local Missions Opportunities

Local Missions Table

A Local Ministry table will be set up on Sundays in the Atrium for the congregation to see the opportunities for getting involved in local outreach. Stop by and learn more about incredible local ministries that First Presbyterian Church supports. 

Foster Care Resource Closet

A Foster Care Resource Closet is located on the second floor of 1420 Lady Street to serve those with foster children. Donations can be dropped off in the marked box located in the security office in the 1420 Lady Building. Items being collected include clothing, shoes, equipment, and toys. Volunteers are needed to donate items, organize donations, help shoppers during operating hours, and pray for shoppers. 

Supported Ministries

A Moment of Hope

A Moment of Hope trains and mobilizes prayer volunteers and sidewalk counselors to be present in front of Columbia's abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood, to provide gospel-centered help and alternatives to women arriving for abortion appointments.
Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Mark Baumgartner at (803) 348-1984.

Camp Joy of South Carolina

We believe that all people are made in the image of God and are therefore important and special in His sight regardless of their mental and physical abilities. Thus Camp Joy ministers to those who are mentally challenged. Campers must be at least 13 years old and have self-help skills. Camp Joy is designed to have a one-on-one camper-to-counselor ratio. The staff is experienced in working with a wide variety of chronological and mental ages and abilities. Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact David Harrell.

Capital Ambassadors

At Capitol Ambassadors, we are committed to be God’s Ambassadors in the political arena. We are the messengers with the singular message that can bring about reconciliation due to the seriousness of sin that has caused the separation between God and man. “Ambassadors of Christ in the Capitol Communities”. Interested in more information? Contact Jeff Lingerfelt. 

Christian Counseling Center

The Christian Counseling Center has the unique role in assisting First Presbyterian Church by providing Biblically-based clinical counseling and preventative services in order to build vibrant lives and strong families. Our vision is to provide the highest level of Christian counseling that will result in changed lives and have eternal impact in Columbia and throughout the world. 

Child Evangelism Fellowship

Since 1937, Child Evangelism Fellowship has been ministering to children. We are a Bible-centered, worldwide organization composed of born-again believers, whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to disciple them in the Word of God, and to establish them in the local church.
Interested in getting involved with the Good News Club? Contact Lee Hess at (803) 727-3267.

CIU Prison Initiative

The Prison Initiative is an accredited associates degree program offered to inmates to train them to serve in SCDC. Upon graduation, student-inmates serve their fellow inmates under the leadership of the senior chaplain of each institution assigned.  In the last 14 years, Prison Initiative has graduated 184 students that serve 21 institutions in SC.

Christian Medical & Dental Association

CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.
We exist to know Christ and make him known to our staff, patients, coworkers, community, and the broader world.

The Cola Network 

The Cola Network exists to call the church of Greater Columbia together. Our priorities drive us to partner with one another as we collaboratively serve our city and multiply our Gospel influence. Love Cola serves as the practical mobilization of participating churches and para-church ministries to love and serve our communities.

The Cooperative Ministry

Through crisis assistance and sustainability programs, The Cooperative Ministry exists to increase the economic self-sufficiency of people experiencing poverty in the Midlands. For 40 years, The Cooperative Ministry has served the Midlands: providing Financial Assistance, free clothing, furniture, and food, counseling, free income tax help, and financial empowerment services. Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Rhemie Gantz at (803) 799-3853, ext 650.

Daybreak Ministries

Daybreak is a Gospel ministry whose primary demographic is those facing unplanned pregnancies. We endeavor to show the love of the Lord Jesus Christ to all who come for our services. Moreover, we offer comfort and counseling for those who have been the victims of abortion. All of our services are provided absolutely free to the recipients. Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact (803) 771-6634.

Ezekiel Ministries

Ezekiel Ministries strives to provide positive role models through our mentoring program, apprenticeship program, and after-school programs. We focus on spiritual well-being, but after-school programs have an intensive focus on reading, math and character-building. Ezekiel Ministries partners with local churches to recruit loving adult mentors who will make a long-term investment in children’s lives. 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Fellowship of Christian Athletes challenges coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high, and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. Midlands FCA focuses on serving our communities by equipping, empowering, and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. Interested in more information? Contact Ervin Mack at (803) 917-9755 or emack@fca.org.

Focused Living

We are a ministry to men in the Midlands. We help men get connected to God and help men Focus their Living. We have daily Men's forums that meet in the mornings throughout the city. We offer a GRIP discipleship track each Fall and Spring.

Forge Ministries

An itinerant ministry that proclaims the gospel in a wide variety of settings. Our heart is to see people come to know Christ and to see believers deepen their relationship with Him and serve Him through a daily life of personal ministry. Our ministry offers many great resources and training opportunities as well.

The Gideons International

The Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus Christ by providing Bibles and New Testaments and sharing personal testimony. We place and distribute Scriptures in the lanes and byways of life.

Harvest Hope

Harvest Hope is on a mission to eliminate hunger and food insecurity throughout South Carolina. We operate programs that provide food for our most vulnerable citizens – children, seniors, and rural residents. Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Kara Pippen.

International Friendship Ministries

In the spirit of Matthew 28:19-20, the purpose of International Friendship Ministries is to introduce international students/scholars and their families to Jesus Christ and then bring as many as possible into a saving relationship with Him through the means of sincere friendship, genuine hospitality, and true Christian love. Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Raj Aluri at (803) 318-0800.

InterVarsity University of South Carolina

We are a community - on campus and for the campus. We create space for students from any background to know Jesus. Our main activity is facilitating small groups, and these small groups build community and study the Bible. Our hope is that students grow in love for God, His Word, His people, and His purposes. Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Lizzie Keegan.

Lifeline Children's Services

Our mission is to equip the body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. Our vision is to see vulnerable children and their communities transformed by the gospel and making disciples.

Midtown Fellowship - Two Notch

We are a church plant along Two Notch Road that focuses our ministry and outreach efforts on impoverished, high-crime rate communities. We have done many prayer walks, block parties, and other service events to build relationships and share Christ with our neighbors.   

Oliver Gospel Mission

Since 1888, Oliver Gospel has been serving those in homelessness and poverty in the Midlands. As the 6th oldest rescue mission in the US, Oliver Gospel has been engaging and transforming lives together through the power of Christ’s love. Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Dustin Smith.

Pearls

Pearls offers support, hope, and restoration to women working in Columbia's adult entertainment industry. Through monthly outreaches to local strip clubs, we build relationships with the women working in the clubs and share the hope that is found only in Jesus. Interested in learning more or volunteering? Contact below. 

Providence Home

Relying on the life-saving grace of Jesus Christ, we promote recovery for men misusing drugs and alcohol. As this misuse often leaves them incarcerated, Providence Home provides transitional housing, accountability, and stability as they are restored into their community and family. We also promote church attendance for our men. Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Rob Settle at (803) 779-2927. 

The Salvation Army

We focus on three main areas: Housing Security, Food Insecurity, and Youth Services. The Mission is to Preach the Gospel of Jesus and meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Lisa Huffman.

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)
University of South Carolina

We exist on the campus to reach students for Christ and to equip them to serve. We have a heart for the Gospel and a heart for the campus. We aim to do that with relational humility and honesty, as we love students through the avenue of ministry. Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Sammy Rhodes.

Teen Challenge - Southeast Region - Columbia, SC

A Christ-centered 12-month recovery program, offering LIFE TRANSFORMATION and HOPE for men with any life-controlling issues.

Toby's Place

Opening in 2017, Toby's Place is Oliver Gospel's ministry for women and children. Toby's Place offers a long-term transitional housing program to equip our residents to live and build a sustainable lifestyle for themselves and their families.

Young Life - Columbia, Downtown Columbia, YoungLives

Young Life is an outreach ministry for middle school, high school, and college students. Our staff and volunteer leaders seek to build relationships with students centered around knowing Jesus and following Him. Our mission is to introduce students to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Interested in more information or volunteering? Contact Katie Lindemen.