Pride for Parents 2017  

Pride for Parents is an annual Christmas toy sale that operates on a founding belief: families would prefer to provide for themselves at Christmas rather than receive a hand out.

Generous individuals, churches, and businesses lovingly donate toys to stock our store shelves, and we sell them at a greatly reduced price so families with limited means can participate in the generosity of the season. If your church, business, or organization would like to host a toy drive, we need you! 

Learn more and get involved! >>>

Growing Businesses In South Atlanta!

Businesses can be powerful tools to increase resources and create jobs in a community. We love the energy and effort behind initiatives like Carver Market and Community Grounds in South Atlanta. But we know there is even more need for sustainable businesses in our community, and we also know there are ideas and small businesses growing already within our streets.


Learn about a new partnership and exciting initiative >>>


Focused Community Strategies partners with under-resourced neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God's Shalom is present.

3 Ways Seeking Shalom Redefines Charity

This year The Lupton Center proudly launched an online curriculum entitled Seeking Shalom: How Reimagining Charity Can Transform Lives and Restore Communities. This 6-part series brings together 30 diverse voices to help cast an exciting new vision for how we partner with those experiencing poverty.

Seeking Shalom is disrupting the old paradigm and breaking open exciting new possibilities for how real and lasting change can happen.


Telling A Different Story

What is the first thing you hope visitors notice about your community? Maybe it’s a stately line of trees, a welcoming sign, or a quaint shopping district that invites newcomers. I have similar hopes for my community.

However, for many years, the first glimpse of our neighborhood visitors saw as they turned into South Atlanta was a billboard warning against sexually transmitted diseases. 


Transforming Christmas For Good

I entered the immense foyer of a large, metropolitan megachurch. I was there to speak at a church sponsored mission conference. The senior pastor greeted me with a broad smile, expressing his excitement about my involvement in this important event in the life of the church. “We’re a mission church,” he said.