To love our neighbor by revitalizing impoverished neighborhoods through spiritual and community development
To partner with leaders in developing thriving and sustainable urban ministries.
Desire Street Ministries gathers and directs resources on the goal of revitalizing impoverished neighborhoods. We seek, educate and engage individuals and organizations with a heart for the inner-city—and coach and care for urban ministry leaders called there to live and work. Our partnership approach encourages, equips, empowers and connects leaders to build effectiveness and sustainability in their efforts towards spiritual and community development. Currently partnering with leaders in 13 urban neighborhoods in 7 cities across 6 states, we continue the work where our roots are—rebuilding the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.
Urban ministry leaders walk amidst some of the toughest challenges in the United States today: concentrated poverty, failing schools, unsafe streets, deteriorated housing, high unemployment, inadequate health care. In this maze of need, those who commit themselves to ministry in today’s cities must navigate toward glimmers of light and hope. They walk in God’s promises to uncover His hidden beauty in places marred by outward decay.
Transforming impoverished urban neighborhoods into flourishing, healthy communities is the goal, and Desire Street believes that bolstering the leaders in those neighborhoods is the best route toward that goal. Two steps at a time, Desire Street and local ministry partners are striding forward on this path toward revitalization of urban communities across America.