From the Beginning
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.”
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.
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 New Place
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.
As of November 2016, our Sundays look very little like your typical church service. We’ve partnered with Intermark Group downtown, who have graciously allowed us permission to use their parking lot on Sunday mornings to be the church. We spend that time meeting with our homeless friends, sharing a meal and the Gospel together. Check out our video below to see more about this endeavor.
We covet your prayers as we continue our journey. Even more so, we would love to have you join us to partner and grow with us during this exciting time in the life of The Church at Southside. For more on how you can help, see our Give page.