MISSION & OUTREACH
The Advent serves our Lord Jesus Christ by engaging in his spiritual and material restoration of our city of Birmingham and our world. Our hope is to develop a culture where Adventers, through the work of the Holy Spirit, engage in evangelism, doing justice, and loving mercy. We regularly have food and coat drives, participate in local service days, and plan trips that facilitate deep, healthy relationships with other Christian organizations working in gospel ministry.
The Advent supports ministries that work to develop current and future leaders who serve unreached people with the gospel, who support the persecuted church, and who give in ministry to the poor. Through engagement with five primary ministry partners, we grow in relationships with others, shaped by mutual prayer, encouragement, and learning.
Restoration Academy is a Christian K-12 school in Fairfield, Alabama that takes a holistic approach to education. Through classroom instruction and life-on-life discipleship, RA seeks to advance the greatest commandments in the lives of each student: to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love others as themselves.
The Advent hosts an annual lunch-and-learn for Adventers to learn more about the ministry of Restoration Academy and get involved as volunteers. RA students interested in ministry have also spent time with Advent staff members to explore possibilities in vocational ministry. We are excited to see how our relationship with RA can grow as more Adventers engage in partnership with them.
Anglican Church of
Rwanda and Shyira Diocese
In 2015, the Advent hosted Sam Mugisha and his family as Sam began his doctoral studies at Beeson Divinity School. Our friendship with Sam and Jacky and their girls (Iris, Ines, and Ingrid) has been a truly special one and we are grateful to God for our partnership with the Shyira Diocese, where Sam currently serves as bishop. The Rwandan church has much to teach us about the reconciling power of God, the joy of worshipping our risen Savior, and the love of Scripture.
The Advent has partnered with Global Teams for more than twenty years. As our only mission-sending partner, our support helps spread the Gospel across the world, to people with the least access to God’s word. Global Teams sends from everywhere, to everywhere. The gospel is for all people in the world, so only 10% of their field partners are from North America. While we support the broader mission of Global Teams, we have a special partnership with field partners located in Malawi.
Brother Bryan Mission
Brother Bryan Mission serves men in Birmingham who likely are at the lowest points of their lives. It offers two programs to support men recovering from addiction: a nine-month recovery program and a back-to-work program. The Advent hosts graduations of men completing their recovery programs, and several men in our congregation serve as mentors to other men working through Brother Bryan programs.
Bridge Ministries is a front-line responder to crisis situations in Birmingham, and has provided a significant service to our church for years. Bridge staff members have a wealth of case management expertise, exercise creativity in working with clients to find solutions to difficult problems, and offer compassionate care to those who are at their most vulnerable.