In December of 2012, a group of believers came together, called to plant a new work in Birmingham as an extension of Jesus’ final earthly command found in Matthew 28:19-20:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
From the Beginning
Meeting in the basement of our pastor’s home, our small group of 20-30 folks voted and officially launched The Church at Southside in the Southside area of Birmingham on January 6, 2013. We believe we are called to this part of Birmingham to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our neighbors in the heart of the city.
Why The Church at Southside as our name? When looking at how the churches were addressed in the New Testament, they were simply called the Church from their particular city. We love the simplicity that comes with the name and the beauty found in the word Church as we are a part of the bride of Christ.
A New Space
Fast forward to April 1, 2014. With much excitement, we took possession of our new space on Green Springs Highway. Our great God opened up this opportunity in a way we never expected, and after clean up, paint, and renovations, we moved in and launched with our building dedication service in this new location on June 1, 2014.
A Unique Journey
After meeting in our space on Green Springs Highway for a little over 2 years, our pastor sensed a stirring in his heart and began to share some bold thoughts with the leadership team of our small body. Our relationship with the homeless community in our city has grown, and with it, some relationships formed. With much prayer, we decided at the end of our lease to move out of the building and begin a new journey as an outdoor church, specifically meeting in an area close to our friends who are homeless. From the first Sunday of November in 2016 until the end of 2019, The Church at Southside met, rain or shine, in Intermark’s parking lot.
Slide above to see our first Sunday from November 2016 and a recent Sunday from early 2019.
Pulling Up Tent Stakes
Beginning in 2020, The Church at Southside will gather, rain or shine as always, across 22nd Street South from Norton’s Florist. Every week we offer a warm, home-cooked meal that has been prepared in the homes of our team to any and all who come. After serving and sharing a meal, we have a short service with music and the Word. Our community is invited to actively participate in the service as they feel led as we all worship together. Each week after our service, any who are in need are free to grab a bag of food and supplies for the upcoming week. We hope that you will come and be our guest and worship with us soon!
So what are we all about? In a word: Jesus. That’s it. He is our reason for everything. Because of His finished work on the cross, we can live. And we want everyone to experience the same abundance of life that only comes from Him.
More specifically, we believe God has purposely placed us near the heart of the city of Birmingham to be the hands and feet to those close by.
To unify in Christ together to reach people with the Gospel (John 17:22-23)
Preparing people to encounter God (Isaiah 40:3 \ Matthew 3:3b)
How? Through evangelism, worship, discipleship, ministry, and fellowship, The Church at Southside wants to model Christ in all we do. We have a heart for the city of Birmingham, the nations, and the least of these. In all things, we put our hope in Jesus and His Gospel to change lives. He is our first love and only hope for all people. We are His Church and we exist for Him. (Matthew 28:18-20 \ Matthew 25:40 \ John 14:6)
We are made up of people from many denominational backgrounds. We each love and respect the different denominations from which we all come. We do have strong beliefs, all of which are centered around Jesus and His Gospel. In a city historically infamous for discord, we choose to unify in Christ alone and the essentials of the Gospel, allowing all else to be considered secondary. What does that look like?
- We preach Jesus as the only way to a relationship with God.
- We are called to make disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples to the ends of the Earth.
- We want to love and minister to all individuals we meet along this journey.
While many feel the city of Birmingham is a lost cause, we believe as the Bluetree song “God of This City” says: “Greater things have yet to come, and greater things are still to be done in this city!”
The Church at Southside can best be described as a group of people from many different denominational backgrounds who love Jesus and desire to make Him famous. We each love and respect the different denominations from which we all come. But we also have strong beliefs, all of which are centered around Jesus and His Gospel.
There is only One true God. He is infinite, perfect, and the Creator and Ruler of all creation. God is three distinct yet equal persons: God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22 \ Psalm 90:2 \ Matthew 28:19 \ 1 Peter 1:2 \ 2 Corinthians 13:13)
God the Father
The Father reigns over all that is seen and unseen. He is all knowing, all powerful, and everywhere at all times. To Christ followers, He is the Heavenly Father. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22 \ Colossians 1:3-14 \ Galatians 4:6 \ John 14:1-17)
God the Son
Jesus Christ, the Son of God was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life, yet offered Himself to be crucified on a cross for the sins of people. Three days later, He rose from the dead to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return to earth one day to reign as King. (Matthew 1:22-23 \ Isaiah 9:6 \ John 1:1-5, 14:10-30 \ Hebrews 4:14-15 \ 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 \ Romans 1:3-4 \ Acts 1:9, 11 \ 1 Timothy 6:14-15 \ Titus 2:13)
God the Spirit
The Holy Spirit indwells in and through Christ-followers for guidance and understanding spiritual truth. As Christians, we submit to his leading in all things. (2 Corinthians 3:17 \ John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17 \ Acts 1:8 \ 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16 \ Ephesians 1:13 \ Galatians 5:25 \ Ephesians 5:18)
Written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is the self-revelation of God to people. It is without error, totally sufficient, and the supreme source of all truth for all matters of life and faith. (2 Timothy 3:16 \ 2 Peter 1:20-21 \ 2 Timothy 1:13 \ Psalm 12:6, 119:105,160 \ Proverbs 30:5 \ Luke 24:25-27)
God created mankind in His image and for His glory, as the crowning work of His creation. People are loved by God, yet all are born with a sinful nature that separates us from a sinless God resulting in need of salvation. (Genesis 1:27 \ Psalm 8:3-6 \ Isaiah 53:6A \ Romans 3:23 \ Romans 5:12-21 \ Isaiah 59:1-2)
Salvation is God’s redemption of a person from sin. This redemption is offered to people only through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is a free gift received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Salvation cannot be lost. It is maintained by the grace and power of God, not man. (Romans 6:23 \ Ephesians 2:8-9 \ John 14:6, 1:12 \ Titus 3:5 \ Galatians 3:26 \ Romans 5:1\ 1 Corinthians 15:35-55 \ John 10:29 \ 2 Timothy 1:12 \ Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14 \ 1 Peter 1:3-5)
All who receive salvation in Christ are instantly united to a global community of Christ-followers called The Church. Christ is the head of this church, which exists to glorify God by spreading God’s redemptive truth and discipling believers to mature in Christ-likeness. Although the Church is a worldwide body, it exists in clusters of local fellowship that have been brought together to engage cities. (Acts 2:42-44 \ 1 Corinthians 12:12-26)
People were created to exist forever. Those who have trusted Christ as Savior will receive their reward and dwell forever in a real place called Heaven. Those who have not trusted Christ as Savior will spend eternity in a real place called Hell. (John 3:16 \ John 14:17 \ Romans 6:23 \ Romans 8:17-18 \ Revelation 20:15 \ 1 Corinthians 2:7-9 \ Hebrews 9:27-28)