Community workers

Community workers

I pulled into the parking lot at Church on the Street this morning to find one of the homeless members of our community busy working on cleaning up the parking lot. He had his rake, leaf blower and dust pan and he was working up a storm. I really can’t tell you how awesome that […]

COTS update for September 11

Another great day at Church on the Street.  It’s actually so peaceful around here today that there’s not much to write.  If you search for us on Youtube you’ll find our latest report from the street that was published today. It’s hard to keep up with all of the things that could be reported in […]

Awesome week!

I’ve said this a few times this week, but this was an awesome week at Church on the Street. I am so glad and thankful that God allowed me to be a part of it.

Service is a daily task

There are many well meaning people out there that decide to give of their time on occasion.  They may serve at a soup kitchen, give out lunch bags in an inner city park, hand out clothes, etc.  It’s kind of like a kinder, gentler drive by. But we are not called to occasional service.  We […]

Reading is a gift

We have the task of educating people outside of our community on what we do in our community.  It’s a difficult task at times because when someone finds out we work with many homeless people in Atlanta, they automatically think that we are a shelter or a soup kitchen.  We are neither.  We do meals […]

Daily chores

Since we are living in a community environment, we have chores that have to be done. Kitchen cleaning was happening this morning. Service as modeled by Jesus is the goal.

No soup for you!!!

Ok, this is not a post about the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld, but I’ve always wanted to use that line and this was my chance. So there, I’ve done it and now my life is nearly complete. 😉 Actually, I want to try to explain to you what our daily lunch together is all about. […]

Car wash

The interns are working on a car wash fund raiser in the church parking lot today. It’s amazing how much traffic is coming through. In fact, as I write this I’m hearing them out front calling for more towels to handle the traffic. Watching Jesus work in the unexpected ways is always fun. Brodie.

What We Do

It’s hard to explain what we do. We say that we are trying to live in community in such a way that our most vulnerable neighbors feel welcome.  I’m not sure that paints a clear enough picture.  So I thought I would share a little bit about what it looks like. We organize our days […]

The Power of Community: How Daniel Returned Home

*Guest Blog – Dan Crain is a liaison/trainer in South Atlanta for Polis Institute. He is a regular member of the Church on the Street community.  He can be reached at When Daniel left home six years ago, addiction guided his path, and he might as well have walked off the face of the Earth. His […]