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Memphis Teaching Residency

The Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) was founded in 2009 to positively impact student achievement in Memphis’ urban schools by recruiting, training and supporting outstanding teachers, all within a Christian context. MTR recruits both elementary and secondary teachers from both education and non-education majors.  The 09-10 initial class has…

Downline Ministries: Recruiting a Better Memphis

DownLine (DL) is a local ministry committed to the training and equipping of church, ministry, and lay leadership to more effectively make disciples. Many have heard of the DownLine Institute, in which 120 of the Christian ministry and lay leaders in the city are presently being trained. However,…

Kingdom Advisors Growing In Memphis


In the fast changing regulatory and economic climate, wouldn’t it be nice to find a financial advisor whose advice is tested, relevant and sound? Recently, a group of Memphis financial professionals – financial planners, trust officers, estate attorneys – began meeting on a monthly basis to receive just…

Journey of Generosity: Where Are You On Your Journey?

The Generous Giving (GG) organization based out of Chattanooga, TN in recent years has successfully grown generosity through leading weekend experiences called Journeys of Generosity.  Usually held over a weekend hosted by an individual or couple, these gatherings are guided by a trained facilitator and expose participants to…

The Rebirth of Crown Ministries in Memphis


In 2001, Travis and Carol Moody had over $100,000 in unsecured debt and a mortgage on a home that they could not afford to live in, to maintain, or to even sell.  That same year, they took a Crown Financial Ministries small group class at a local Church…

Non-Profit Best Practices: Tracking Tangible Results

Research and common wisdom proves that donors prefer giving to a ministry or non-profit they know is having a significant impact.  Very few organizations take the time to measure results and share these tangible trackable numbers with their staff, board or donors.  As the economy tightens the budget…

Affordable Alternatives to Public Schools

The state of education in Memphis has encouraged many concerned individuals, churches, foundations and other organizations to get involved with educational alternatives to inner-city children in order to provide the tipping point to turn around education in Memphis.  In addition to supporting several charter schools, donors of the…

ReachLife Ministries is Changing Lives After the Music Stops

ReachLife Ministries is a 501c3 not for profit organization based in Memphis working within the Binghampton Community. It was established by the owners of Reach Records, a Christian hip hop label.  As Reach Record’s Christian hip hop artists traveled weekly across the globe performing and teaching to over…

The Hope for Memphis Fund Awards Its First Grants

The Hope for Memphis Fund awarded its first grants to Advance Memphis and Families Matter. Advance Memphis is an economic development ministry serving adults in the Foote and Cleaborn Housing Projects on Vance Avenue.  Advance offers “soft” job skills training, financial literacy and GED classes, and on-the-job training…