Christian Jam Battle of the Bands

Thank You local sponsor, Supercuts of Statesville, for helping to make this event possible.

Calling All Christian Bands!

The Upper Room, Statesville

12 Christian bands will be selected to compete for the opportunity to play at the pre-show for the May 2 Christian Jam, Building 429’s “We Won’t Be Shaken Tour.”  Please join us to cheer on your favorite local band, admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door.

To qualify for entry into this competition, please review contest guidelines and judging criteria and complete the attached application by 2/27/14!








Christian Mission Yard Sale

Join us on the second Saturday of each month for our Yard Sale.  All proceeds from this event go directly to helping fight poverty right here in our community.  Hours are 8 am – noon at Christian Mission Education Center, 100 Beam Drive, Mooresville, NC.

Christian Jam & Art Festival

ChristianjamlogofinalMooresville High School Stadium, $5 tickets available at i-tickets.comOR at the door. Join us for the first annual christian music and art festival, featuring local bands (Curios, Elijah’s Rain, Grace Abounds, Joyful Hearts, Omega Sparks, and Waiting Hill). Tables/booths are available for local artists for $20 VENDOR APPLICATION. The $5 admission includes entrance to the concert and free carnival games and rides. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

Food Drive Handbook

How to Host a Food Drive

Getting Started

Include the Mission in your planning process.

The Mission can be an excellent resource to ensure the success of your food drive. Depending upon your needs, we could provide tours of our facility, a speaker at your site, collection bins, promotional templates, etc.


Please contact us to register your food drive. A registration form is included in the PDF version of this handbook or email us at

Communicate with your organization.

Get backing from top management.

No one likes surprises. To get the most out of your efforts, discuss the benefits of hosting a food drive with senior management, administrators, and teachers.

Build a team.

Recruit committee members who are natural leaders in your organization and who are interested in motivating teammates and building community. 

Plan the details.

Choose the best timing for your drive.

Many food drives are focused around the holidays when people tend to be aware of need and in generous spirit. However, you might want to consider holding your drive at a time based on the ebb and flow of Mission inventory needs. Feel free to contact the Mission to learn more about our on-going needs.

Designate a beginning and ending date.

Determine what time frame would be most effective in maximizing participation.. You can make your drive a one day event or longer. We suggest that you hold your food drive for 2 weeks or longer – allowing ample time for promotion and participation.

Set a goal.

Set a goal for the amount of food and financial contributions to be raised.

Target donations.

We recommend that you begin by visiting our website for a current list of “Most Needed Items” and review our list of “Themes, Contests, & Incentive Ideas”.

Always encourage people to donate healthy food – things they would feed to their own families.

Choose a central collection location

Determine whether you will provide one or multiple collection locations. Your drop off point(s) should be accessible and protected from weather. Post signs nearby to clearly announce its availability (see templates).


If you plan to collect 500 lbs or more, you can request special collection bins from the Mission.



Publicize the event.

Build Awareness.

Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of the degree of food insecurity in our community.

Get the facts about hunger in our community from the Mission and incorporate that information into your campaign.

Spread the Word.

We recommend that you begin publicizing your event two weeks before your start date.

  • Host a kick-off event
  • Distribute posters and flyers in group meeting areas.
  • Make announcements at school, work or congregation bulletin.
  • Use email and social media to promote the event.
  • Share progress updates with your group.
  • Send an announcement/release to your local newspaper asking for support.

Track your progress

Utilize daily or weekly updates to monitor progress and motivate participants.




Wrap it up.


Arrange transportation.

Contact the Mission when you are ready to drop off your collection. For drives of 500 lbs or more, pick-up may be available.

If you have chosen to pre-sort and box your donations before delivery or pick-up (not required) please refer to our PreSorting Guidelines and Tips in this handbook and on our website.

 Sum it up.

Celebrate and share the details.

Now that all the hard work is over, it’s time to celebrate and communicate the results of your success to all participants and the community. It is a perfect time to thank your committee and participants for all their efforts. Persons who give cash donations will receive a thank you letter from the Mission as well.

Alert the media.

Notify the media and encourage them to meet you at the Mission when you deliver your donations. If the media is unable to attend, send them a press release complete with photos.

Set a date and register your next drive.

We are grateful for all your efforts and hope that it was a rewarding experience for everyone involved. We encourage you to consider hosting another food drive. We like to recommend two drives a year.





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Circles Mentoring Program

The primary participant is a family working to get out of poverty. The family is the Circle Leader and sets the direction for activities and actions which will result in their emergence from poverty.

Circles are conducted in cohorts of up to 25, to ensure that Circle Leaders have peer support from each other (bonding social capital) as well as the support of their Circle Allies (bridging social support). Each cohort begins with training for Circle Leaders as a group, using a variety of training curriculums.

During the first few months of Circle Leader training, participants assess their current relationships, resources and reason or purpose for making the necessary changes to escape from poverty permanently. It is during this time that Allies are also attending training session that increase awareness of poverty issues within the families they will be matched with as well as issues that affect the community as a whole. Both the Circle Leader and Ally Training curriculum teaches participants to better understand the “hidden rules” or “social norms” associated with class in the US as well as how to build a long-term vision for their future both individually as well as for the community.

Looking at poverty in a more holistic manner is necessary for both Circle Leaders and Allies once they are matched in an intentional team for a minimum of 18 months. Helping each family set and achieve goals unique to their own needs will be the responsibility of Circle Allies, who are middle to upper income community volunteers. Leaders and Allies meet monthly to build relationship, review goals that have been set, discuss and problem-solve barriers to getting out of poverty, such as improving self-sufficiency, expanding social networks, and enhancing academic performance of both children and parents.

Moving forward, Weekly Community Meetings gather Circle Leaders, Circle Allies, and other interested community members to provide support and networking opportunities. Big View Meetings are held once per month and feature a far ranging discussion of the causes of poverty in the community and how to address them for the long-term, in the process removing systemic barriers.


Ally Training

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Emergency Housing

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The Mission provides overnight lodging for varying amounts of time to those in need. To better serve our clients with dignity and to keep families together, the Mission contracts with local hotels to house our homeless until permanent solutions can be found.

We have found that given the choice between a traditional shelter and a hotel stay individuals choose the hotel stay. Hotel stays allow families and individuals to maintain their dignity during these difficult times. It is also more economical enabling the Mission to reduce costs by not having the expenses associated with running a full time facility (building expenses, utilities, 24 hour staffing, etc.) saving tens of thousands of dollars that can be used in the prevention of homelessness thus serving more people in our community.

Educational programs in financial literacy, job skills training and mentoring programs are available to individuals who need these services. Referrals are given for mental health, addictions and domestic violence.

Families can also be placed in the Mission’s transitional housing if space is available. Read more about our Transitional homes @

Like most emergency housing programs including shelters, we are not able to place individuals under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Bridge Out of Poverty Workshops

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Training Volunteers to Make a Difference

Bridges Out of Poverty is based on the book of the same name written by Dr. Ruby K. Payne with Philip E. DeVol and Terie Dreussi-Smith.

This workshop helps prepare volunteers and community members to address poverty more effectively. It is through the understanding of the issues of poverty that we can become more effective in removing barriers and helping families as they journey to self-sufficiency.

Bridges Out of Poverty provides concrete tools for a community to prevent, reduce, and alleviate poverty.

Materials used and strategies developed are focused on:

  • .Moving individuals from poverty to self-sufficiency

  • Reducing social costs related to crime, poor health, and welfare

  • Strengthening educational attainment and job skills

  • Enhancing economic development

  • Improving on-the-job productivity

  • Revitalizing neighborhoods

  • Building a sustainable community where everyone can live well


Class Schedule:

The Mooresville Christian Mission invites you to join us for one of our upcoming Bridges Out of Poverty series. This program is for those who are looking to counter poverty or its impact on people and businesses in our community. We will learn about the innovative concepts and training found in Bridges Out of Poverty solutions. Under our Bridges Model, we offer the ideas, structures, and concrete tools a community needs to prevent, alleviate, and reduce poverty.

Bridges Out of Poverty 2015 class schedules:

  • February 21 & 28  9am – 3:00pm

  • March 21 & 28 9am – 3:00pm
  • May 2 & 9  9am – 3pm

  • September 12 & 19th  9am – 3pm

If you are interested in attending any of these sessions please fill out the following form and we will get back with you soon.

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