Local Outreach

Impacting our community with the love of Christ.

Church Ministries

These programs are facilitated, lead, and financially supported by the members of McEachern UMC. Most of these ministries take place on our campus or in our immediate community.

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Community Outreach Team

The Local Outreach Team serves people in the Powder Springs area who are in need of financial assistance. The Outreach Team will consider assistance with utility bills after an application is completed and the client has an appointment with the outreach team. In addition to financial assistance, the outreach team offers resume editing and referrals to other agencies and counselors. During the holidays, the team distributes Thanksgiving food boxes and Christmas gifts for families in need. The Local Outreach Team also supports many schools in our area by providing mentors, school supplies, teacher appreciation activities, etc. Most importantly, we offer prayer and Bibles to our neighbors here in Powder Springs.For more information, contact the Local Outreach office: 770-943-3008 x5015.

McEachern UMC Food Pantry

Food Pantry – Feed My Sheep

The McEachern UMC Food Pantry is a team of volunteers dedicated to assisting those in financial need with food assistance to supplement their food budgets. This service is provided by the generosity of the members of McEachern UMC and supporters in the Powder Springs community. We also help in directing our clients to other types of public assistance as well as praying with each family. Families must call the church office and leave their contact information to schedule an appointment. We believe in demonstrating the love of Jesus toward our brothers and sister in need, treating everyone with dignity and respect modeling our work on Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” If you have any questions regarding our food pantry, please call the church office at (770) 943-3008. Our food pantry will be open every other week!

Car Care Ministry

The McEachern Car Care Ministry is an outreach program designed to help people with limited financial resources with their vehicular needs. There are two major aspects of this ministry:

  • Minor to mid-level repairs of vehicles (oil and filter changes, bulb replacement, check engine lights, etc.)
  • Repair/refurbishment of donated vehicles, which are provided to people in need

We ask for patrons to pay for the cost of their parts as they are able; labor is always free. We serve anyone in our church family and local community that cannot afford repairs. We meet to work on cars at the barn on Old Villa Rica Road each month on the second Thursday at 5:30pm and fourth Saturday at 8:00am. Appointments are required and can be arranged by contacting the church office at 770-943-3008 x1254. If you need further information about donating a vehicle, contact the CCM Donor Coordinator, Bob Flood, on 404-754-5056 or email him at bflood49b@gmail.com.

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Join our volunteer staff of mechanics, parts runners, helpers and “lounge angels.”
  • Donate basic supplies for CCM, such as motor oil, brake fluid, shop rags, etc.
  • Bring breakfast food for workers and patrons.
  • Donations to McEachern UMC and designated to the Car Care Ministry
  • Prayer

Car Care Ministry Vehicle Donation


Partners in Education

McEachern UMC believes that schools are an important part of our community; therefore, we have sought out avenues of partnership with 11 local schools by which we can combine efforts to edify the community. Through discussions with local school administrators, county leadership, and local teachers we have been able to identify areas of opportunity that will allow the church to help schools invest in children and their families. Our partnerships vary based on the environment of each local school but include activities such as: providing hospitality and food for teachers and staff throughout the year, welcoming children to school in the mornings, volunteering at school events, before school devotions for teachers, mentoring children, providing backpacks and schools supplies for teachers and children, and collaborative school improvement projects.

Compton Elementary School – Kids Hope

Kids Hope USA mentoring offers churches and schools a proven, award-winning model to meet the emotional, social and academic needs of children. The McEachern UMC mentoring program at Compton Elementary School creates one-on-one mentoring relationship between adult church members, willing to give a little time and a lot of love, and at-risk elementary school-children in their community who desperately need loving, caring adults in their lives. The mentoring hour involves relationship building conversation, academics, and fun games with the child. For many of these children, the mentor is the only stable and consistent adult in their life that recognizes and celebrates their achievements.

The commitment to mentor is only one hour per week during the school year, but the effectiveness of that hour extends throughout the rest of the school week. McEachern UMC is entering their third year of mentoring at Compton Elementary and the results have been exponentially positive. In addition to mentoring, McEachern UMC also provides volunteers for various functions throughout the school year including Christmas Family Dinner, First Day of School Greeting, and School Cleanup Day.

Teach 1 to Lead 1 – Tapp Middle School

This is a team based, group mentoring program focused on teaching universal principles to children. Over the course of the semester you will begin to see changes in the attitudes of the students and hear reports from teachers and administrators about the transformations taking place in the school. Since Teach One to Lead One is team based you will get to know other members of McEachern UMC or our community. Each week you will use videos, games, role-playing, and group discussion to teach that day’s principle and help the kids form a plan to use that principle in their daily lives.

Chick-fil-a Leader Academy – McEachern High

The McEachern Chick-fil-a Leader Academy is a leadership development program for high school students combining leader labs with student led and run Impact Projects. Students impact our local West Cobb community through project-based leadership approach that includes food drives, job fairs, mentoring and service opportunities – all the while learning crucial leadership lessons to go out and transform their world. Through our partnership with McEachern High School, Tapp Middle School, and Chick-fil-a, an innovative idea has developed called “McEachern Mentoring and Making a Difference, Together as One” program. This mentoring program allows CFA Leader Academy students to go over to Tapp Middle School once a month and facilitate leader labs they have learned from the program in the past school year. The CFA Leader Academy students have taught labs on Servant Leadership, Teamwork, and Communication. The Leader Academy culminates with student-led and student-run “Impact Projects” partnering with churches in the local community. McEachern UMC has vested in this program both serving as a presence by providing food, encouragement, and support as well as mentoring coaches. We always welcome more volunteers who will pass on the tools that can be groundbreaking now and for the future of our next generation leaders. For more information visit chickfilaleaderacademy.com

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Acts 1:8

Partner Ministries

While we are able to facilitate and support many great ministries here at McEachern UMC we recognize that the needs are greater than our capacity to serve. In order to maximize our effectiveness and to promote the shalom of God we have partnered with several specialized ministries. This financial and volunteer support allows these ministries to focus on specialized areas of service that we would not be able to do ourselves.

Noah’s Ark Community Development

NACD exists to support the residents of the Lancer neighborhood in their efforts to improve the spiritual, economic, educational and material well-being of their community. Will you partner with us to see Lancer become a thriving neighborhood where its diverse residents enjoy wholesome relationships, where children are nurtured and where the Shalom of God is present?

Ways to be involved with the Community Development Ministry

  • Be a Strategic neighbor
  • Become a mentor with one of the neighborhood children.
  • Assist in job skills development and training.
  • Become a friend to the neighborhood and assist developing their community
  • Work with team to assess needs of community and developing a program.
  • Pray for the community and its needs.
  • Use your skills to be a helper: carpentry, mechanic, lawn care, painting, electrical, plumbing.
  • Help facilitate or support Faith and Finances classes

For more information or to learn how you can help contact to Jeff Jernigan at jsjernigan@aol.com.

MUST Ministries

A powerful, volunteer-driven organization, MUST Ministries addresses the basic needs of individuals, families and children with facilities in the Cobb and Cherokee counties and in numerous other counties. Programs include providing food, temporary housing, clothing, employment services, and more. MUST brings people of many faiths together to respond to God’s challenge to minister to others with compassion and love, without judgment of the beliefs, background or circumstances of those who serve or are being served. Our Mission is serving our neighbors in need – transforming lives and communities in response to Christ’s call. For more information please contact David Blackwood at dblackwood@mceacherumc.org.


Unite! is a diverse group of more than 200 churches whose leadership believes our best witness to the community is to put our faith into action, together as one unified body of Believers. This network of churches is led by pastors and church leaders coming from a broad spectrum of denominations, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, each committed to declare to the community through our collective deeds that which we have declared with our words within our respective churches. The heart of Unite! is for churches to join together to serve our communities in such a way that God would transform our city for His glory. For more information please contact David Blackwood at dblackwood@mceachernumc.org.


Murphy-Harpst provides programs for round-the-clock therapeutic care that enables children to heal and recover so that they can re-engage with society and lead productive lives. For nearly a century, Murphy-Harpst has successfully treated thousands of children by building the environment necessary to reverse the cycle of a lifetime of cruelty and neglect. A ministry of the United Methodist Church, Murphy-Harpst relies on goodwill and contributions. However, the need is great and the cost is large. For more information please contact ourmissions@mceachernumc.org.

Sweetwater Mission

Preventing hunger and homelessness is the mission of Sweetwater Mission (formerly CAMP). They help to stabilize families by providing basic needs and transform lives through education and employment opportunities. How do we help? The truth is that many families are just one life crisis away from being propelled into poverty. At Sweetwater Mission, we are committed to battle the effects of poverty head on to stabilize families and help move them into a more abundant life. Sweetwater Mission is a coalition of local churches, businesses, civic groups and caring individuals representing community at its very best! How can you help? All partnerships are critical to our success and your help is needed! Church congregations expand their local mission outreach through prayer, financial support and in-kind donations. Businesses encourage their employees and customers to get involved. Civic groups create awareness with strong networking and volunteer support. Together, we make it happen! For more information please contact ourmissions@mceachernumc.org.


SIFAT (Servants in Faith and Technology), a nonprofit Christian organization, provides training in community development in hard places in our world. Christian leaders learn self-help skills for physical, spiritual , social, and economic needs. SIFAT raises awareness of needs and global issues, providing opportunities for people to get involved personally, both to learn from and to serve alongside those with scarce resources. Since its founding in 1979, SIFAT has trained church and community leaders from more than 80 countries. We have helped thousands of North Americans leave their comfort zone, cross into other cultures and social strata and become one in Christ. For more information please contact David Blackwood at dblackwood@mceachernumc.org.

Mountain Top Boys Home

Mountain Top Boys Home cares for young boys referred by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice, who through no fault of their own become residents of our agency. Their daily life here is an organized family style guided by professional staff and house parents who counsel and mentor each boy. They often arrive neglected, immature, challenged, and have special physical, social, and emotional needs. Upon completion of Mountain Top’s individualized program, they become young men who are ready to take a faith-based and responsible citizenship role in life. We believe by pouring positive encouragement, direction, and resources into a young boy’s life now, we will create a safer, more successful society for the future. For more information contact Rick Standard at rstandard@kpsgroup.com.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then I said, Here am I. Send me!

Isaiah 6:8

Our Local Missionaries

Everywhere we walk is a mission field and the Mission Ministry at McEachern is proud to support local missionaries that are conducting important work in our region and nation. Each of these missionaries has been selected because their work mirrors the values of McEachern UMC and reflects our commitment to evangelism and developmental ministry.

Dr. Jim Ellison

Dr. Jim Ellison serves as Executive Director of Restoration ATL. Jim has over 25 years of experience serving congregations in the Atlanta area including serving as senior pastor of the historic downtown Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Restoration ATL was created to help redefine local missions in the city. The mission of RATL is to create urban ministry environments that foster God’s restoration, building the Kingdom within and through His children. Our goal is to bring individuals from all walks of life together for a unique and interactive mission experience, where both physical and spiritual restoration are received by all.

Rev. Tom Atkins

Tom Atkins is a General Evangelist for the North Georgia Conference of the UMC. He represents a new generation of evangelists by seeking to bring the timeless truths and experiences of the Gospel to our contemporary culture. My purpose in accepting the Lord’s call to service as an evangelist is to preach and teach a clear and concise Gospel, so that those who hear will respond positively to the call of Christ.

Dan Crain

Dan Crain is married to Adrienne and they have four children. Dan has a Masters of Intercultural Ministries from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and was the first to graduate from the Polis CityWise internship. He and his family now reside in South Atlanta. He is the Lakewood community Chaplain for Church on the Street and also does community development work in the South Atlanta neighborhood. Dan’s passion is to mobilize the church to work with people in distress in a dignifying way.

View Dan Crain’s September 2016 Newsletter