Local Outreach

Proverbs 11:11 says, “Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted.…” God has given His Church the mandate to care for the hurting and helpless in our cities. This incredible responsibility can only be accomplished as we come together and think creatively and use our resources to make a difference in our city. As we share hope and help with those in need, we are living out the true heart of the Gospel. We invite you to join us as we bless our city and spark a serving revolution!

If you would like to know more about weekly opportunities to serve alongside our team and/or invest in changing the lives of our friends and neighbors in Memphis, check out all of the pages of this site and get involved! We can’t wait to have you experience God’s love in a new way as He works in and through you in your city!


We are so excited about our Team Read tutoring program which began in February 2015 at Douglass K8 school. Volunteers spend one hour each Tuesday morning providing literacy tutoring to second grade students. We are already seeing amazing improvement in the reading skills of the students we spend time with each week. We are so grateful to Principal Lionel Cable and the staff at Douglass for giving us this amazing opportunity to build relationships with and invest in the lives of these precious children. We continue to add members to the team each week, so please contact us if you are interested in making a life changing difference in the life of a child!


▪ Downtown Friends Host – East Memphis 9:00-10:00a

▪ Generous House – Cordova 9:30a
▪ Generous House Prep – Cordova 6:30-8:00p

▪ Team Read – Douglass K-8 8:45-10:30a

▪ Generous House – Cordova 9:30a
▪ Sensational Summers – During the months of June-July – Cordova 10a-1p

Feed Memphis Prep – Collierville, Cordova & East Memphis 6-7p
▪ Generous House – Jackson 10a-1p

▪ Feed Memphis – Cordova, Collierville & East Memphis 2-5p

▪ Generous House On-the-Go – 4th Saturday of the month – Cordova 9a
▪ Generous House – 4th Saturday of the month – Jackson 10a-1p


Feed Memphis Teams – Friday
▪ Kingsbury Elementary Team – 2pm
▪ Douglass Elementary Team – 3pm
▪ Jackson Elementary Team – 2pm
▪ Wells Station Elementary Team – 2pm
East Memphis
▪ Vollentine Elementary Team – 2pm

Memphis has been labeled “the hungriest city in America”. We have the opportunity and mandate to be a blessing to the poor, marginalized, widows and orphans of this city. Every Friday our teams come together to pray and carpool out to specific North Memphis schools, to serve these children. Each child receives a bag with simple meals and/or snacks to be eaten throughout the weekend. Once we’re at the schools, we unload the food bags from the Serve trucks and prepare to greet the kids with lots of smiles, encouragement, high fives and hugs, as we hand off a bag for every child. Team Members need to wear their red SERVE shirt.

If you are unable to serve, but would like to participate in blessing these precious children, you can give online or bring the following items and place them in our donation bins on the first weekend of each month: The cost to fill a bag is approximately $7/week.
▪ 1 box of breakfast bars
▪ 4-6-count pack of applesauce cups
▪ 1 can of beans & franks
▪ 1 can of chicken noodle soup
▪ 1 box of Easy Mac
▪ 1 small jar of peanut butter
▪ 1 can of chili with beans
▪ 1 can of fruit
▪ 1 can vegetables
▪ 4-count pack of jello cups

Prison Ministry: Beyond Barriers
We serve an amazing God who will never leave us or forsake us. But often our circumstances leave us feeling as though everyone has forsaken us. That is how many feel who have found themselves on the back side of poor choices and behind bars. God has called us to reach beyond our comfort and into the world of those who are lonely and outcast. We currently have small groups meeting to train and go in to the city and state prison system to build relationships with the residents and offer love, life, and freedom found in Jesus.

If you are interested in becoming a part of these small groups, please contact:
Women’s Prison Outreach: Jill Beck sjillbeck@gmail.com
Men’s Teen Prison Outreach: David Kimler davidmichaelkimler@icloud.com

Mentoring: Man Up Memphis
Man Up Memphis pairs Christian men who are passionate about making a difference with fatherless young men in North Memphis. Our goal is to build a generation of Christ-followers who will be faithful husbands, loving fathers and leaders in their community.

If you are willing to invest 1 hour a week and a few hours every 6 weeks or so for over the course of a year to change the direction of a young man’s life, please contact Dr. Joe Carson at jcarson@thelifechurch.com

Feed Memphis Prep Team
Thursdays at 6p – Collierville, Cordova & East Memphis
This team meets to sort and fill the food bags for the children we feed weekly. They are the behind-the-scenes heroes that enable our Friday Feed Memphis Teams to be successful.

Feed Memphis Drivers
Fridays at 1:30p – Cordova, Collierville & East Memphis
We need committed volunteers to drive our Serve trucks out to the designated schools and help distribute food bags to children in need.

Team Read
Tuesdays 9:30-10:30a
The team meets at the Outreach Center at our Cordova campus and carpools
out to Douglass Elementary, where we spend an hour tutoring children who
are struggling in the area of reading.

Sensational Summers
Wednesdays & Fridays during the months of June-July – Cordova 11a-1p
During the summer vacation months, our teams go to the city’s poorest neighborhoods each week and provide bottled waters, snacks, awesome games, and friendly smiles as we encourage the children to dream big dreams and reach for great success. We are aware that most of the children we feed each week during the school year struggle with significant Food Insecurity during the summer months. We want to continue to build upon the relationships we have established and also partner with their parents and/or guardians by providing each family, whose parent or guardian participates, a week’s worth of groceries. Our goal is to build deeper relationships with the children and their families, and to demonstrate and share the love of Christ in a meaningful and tangible way.

Generous House
Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:30a – Cordova Campus
The Generous House is an upscale food pantry and clothing closet where all items are free or sold at reduced prices to those who qualify. Our weekly guests are treated with respect and dignity in an environment of joy and faith for a better future. Guests to Generous House may shop for food twice a month and clothing once a month. Guests may sign in between 10a–12p. When all guests who are signed in are served, we close for the day (usually ends around 2p). Potential guests can get more information about hours and requirements, by calling 901.737.9006.

Jackson Generous House
Thursdays from 10a-1p & every fourth Saturday from 10a-1p

Generous House Hosts
Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:30a-12p – Cordova Campus
Our Hosts welcome each guest with smiles and offer friendly service and conversation while assisting our guests as they shop in our Generous House each week.

Generous House Prep Team
Tuesdays at 6:30p – Cordova Campus in the Outreach Operations Center
This team meets each week to prepare the grocery bags and frozen bags for the guests we serve through Generous House.

Generous House On-the-Go
4th Saturday of each month from 9a-12p – Cordova Campus in the Outreach Operations Center
Volunteers will meet to prepare bags and then carpool to North Memphis. The Hollywood Community Center serves as our host site for our mobile food pantry. Generous House On-the-Go provides a way for us to target senior citizens who live in the 38108 zip code. We are now accepting clothing and non-perishable food donations only on the first weekend of each month. Clothing must be new or gently used and sorted and labeled by size and gender. We do not accept toys, jewelry, stuffed animals, household items, furniture, etc. at this time. At our Cordova Campus, you can drop off donations at our front Connection area and at our Collierville Campus, you can drop off donations at the designated area located just inside the Family Entrance.

Current Items Needed: canned tuna/chicken, canned fruit, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned chili, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, crackers (saltines or Ritz-type), pasta sauce, pasta noodles, bagged rice, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, toothpaste & laundry detergent

BIG Serve Days
Big Serve Days are hosted throughout the year at specific sites in our areas of Outreach focus. They are full of games, fun, giveaways, neighborhood cleanup and more!

Downtown Friends Outreach
Sundays from 9:00a-10:00a – East Memphis Generous House
Many of our friends find themselves trapped by poor lifestyle choices and/or poverty. Often these circumstances lead them to a place of homelessness. Our Downtown Friends team strives to break the stigma associated with their present living conditions by offering a meal, a positive and encouraging worship environment and the opportunity to move forward in life.

Serve Truck/Van Drivers
▪ Sundays at 8:15a, 11:15a- We drive our downtown friends to and from our weekly services at the East Memphis Campus
▪ Tuesdays at 12p – Pick up food supplies from the Mid-South Food Bank
▪ Fridays at 1:30p – Deliveries to our weekly feeding sites and help distribute food bags to children in need


To find out more info on joining a team, or to receive email updates about our weekly outreaches, sign up below or at Connection or email kcarson@thelifechurch.com.

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