The history of our ministries
From our founding in 1998 by LGBTQ+ people and allies, we have been active in the metro Atlanta community on issues important to our congregation, including marriage equality, HIV/AIDS and transgender rights.
While our congregation has always included the homeless and marginally housed, our move to outdoor worship in 2006 increased our accessibility to those on the margins of society and brought the struggle for housing and personal dignity front and center. A decade later, we had begun creating and distributing thousands of hygiene kits on the streets of Atlanta.
From day one of our ministry, we have also had a powerful connection to the ministry of Whosoever, the website for LGBTQ+ Christians founded in 1996 by Rev. Candace Chellew, who we ordained in 2003. Since 2019 we have joyfully assumed the day-to-day oversight of Whosoever so Candace could fully embrace her personal calling as a minister, author and spiritual seeker.
Your generous support powers all of this and more. Every day we help someone reclaim their dignity and overcome homelessness, hunger, addiction, unemployment, healthcare challenges or plain institutional indifference.
Here are some ways you can support this powerful and life-changing ministry.
The Live Tithe
Cleaning out your attic, closets or storage shed? You can put unused items that are in good condition to work supporting the ministry of Gentle Spirit Christian Church via our Live Tithe, which allows you to convert gently used (or never-used) items into support for GSCC's ministry and claim a tax deduction. Here's how it works:
- Contact us to let us know you have an item(s) you'd like to donate.
- We'll make arrangements for dropoff or pickup.
- We'll mail you a letter confirming the value of the items so that you can claim the tax deduction.
It's really that simple!
Some examples of items people have donated to the Live Tithe:
We also collect non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items and teddy bears for our ministries to the homeless, hungry and sick.
Teddy Bear Ministry
Every year, Gentle Spirit Christian Church collects teddy bears and stuffed animals during the Advent season and distributes them to patients in local hospitals and hospices to spread Christmas cheer and let them know they're not alone.
To participate, you can either bring a teddy bear(s) to a church service or contact the church office to arrange to drop them off.
You don't have to attend the Church Without Walls to support our work. We receive help from some surprising places — sometimes from people we haven't even met yet. We're grateful for our friends all over the world, and we’re grateful for you.