The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Us
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon us! We covenant before God and with each other to, ‘set at liberty those who are oppressed,’ in Atlanta, GA by strengthening the support system for young people. We will work with youth in 8th grade and younger to dramatically increase their literacy skills through adopting reading initiatives, increasing the number of public computer labs in churches, and by sponsoring workshops and training for parents on 21st century parenting.”
In Atlanta, GA, Baptist churches have heard Jesus’ call to, “set at liberty those who are oppressed,” and are taking action. Led by young ministers at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, and Park Ave Baptist Church, young Baptists are working to address illiteracy in their community.
Atlanta, GA has more children living in poverty than any other city in the U.S. Fifty percent of children in this city are living below the poverty line. Covenant partners in Atlanta are addressing systemic issues of poverty by focusing on literacy among children. Giving children the opportunity to read at or above grade level significantly increases the opportunities for advancement available to a child. Thus this team is working to break systemic issues of poverty through education.
Here young ministers and teens are leading the way by instilling a love for reading among children. These covenant partners are hosting reading days and after school workshops to help children gain better reading skills. They are also working with parents to teach 21st century literacy skills.
Though this work, covenant partners in Atlanta are transforming their community to better reflect Jesus’ Luke 4:18-19 vision.
Our Covenants of Action are as diverse as the communities that make them. Across the country many Baptist churches have put this model into action. These stories highlight just some of the ways that the New Baptist Covenant movement is supporting pastors and faith leaders in their efforts to live out the Gospel in their city or town.
Michael Wortham of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Katrina Moore of the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, Trey Lyon of Park Ave Baptist Church