Local outreach is part of our missions strategy at the Capshaw because we recognize that there are people right here in the greater Huntsville area who are far from God, and Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples of all people. The opportunities are great and we would love to help you find a place to serve right here in our own back yard.
Our goal is to establish biblically faithful and culturally relevant churches throughout North America beginning right here in our own back yard.
We hope for all members of Capshaw to be engaged in God’s mission both locally and internationally. If you are interested in getting involved in international outreach at Capshaw, explore the links below to see how you can be mobilized for the glory of God.
Training. Capshaw partners with other churches and organizations throughout North Alabama to offer the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course. Perspectives is a 15-week class designed to help students better understand the character of God and how we fit into his great story of redeeming a people from every tongue, tribe, language, and nation. Unlike traditional classroom experiences, Perspectives utilizes a unique format which centers around a different instructor each week.
Perspectives is not just a missions class. It’s a course that helps followers of Christ better understand the heart of God and their role in his purposes here and to the ends of the earth. Since this course is offered in cooperation with many other churches and organizations, it moves to new locations throughout our community each semester. This partnership between multiple churches and organizations is a hallmark of the course. Join hundreds of men and women in our community who have already taken this course and discovered they were made for so much more than this world has to offer. To learn more about Perspectives and find the next class near you, please visit the official course website.
Downtown Rescue Mission
The Downtown Rescue Mission is a nonprofit organization serving the homeless throughout northern Alabama and southern Tennessee. For more than 30 years, they have saved numerous lives and have had a profound impact on thousands of others by providing Christ-filled, enriched, and compassionate services to those in desperate need. DRM provides emergency services, recovery services, and transitional services:
- Emergency Services – Available free of charge to all in need, especially the homeless. Provides hot meals served three times a day, overnight shelter, clean clothes, showers, free laundry services, toiletries, temporary baggage storage, and the opportunity to join the DRM recovery program.
- Recovery Services – Biblically based 12-month Residential Recovery Program is designed to help men and women achieve life-long change and freedom from problems, such as: alcoholism, drug addiction, and emotional mental and physical abuse. The program ministers to the whole person and seeks to restore individuals through teaching and modeling solid, Biblical principles and truths in which they can rebuild their lives.
- Transitional Services – DRM assists graduates in finding housing, provides household items such as small appliances, cookware, furniture and groceries, and further aides in their employment search. Thanks to the DRM ministry directors, graduates also have assistance in finding employment. The DRM goal is to see every graduate move back into society and live a successful life in Christ.
Specific Prayer Request:
- Pray that God will provide the donations and funding support for DRM to continue to support the physical needs of the homeless as a path to minister to their spiritual needs.
- Pray that God will touch the hearts of the DRM homeless diners with His love as exemplified through the staff and volunteers and that these men and women will be led to seek Him through the DRM recovery program.
- Pray that God will give strength, courage, and faith in Jesus Christ to the DRM Recovery students to overcome their addiction problems and re-establish their lives with a daily sober walk with Him.
- The new Owen’s House (facility for women and children) is now open!! Volunteers are needed in many areas including serving meals. Contact Corey Buckner, Director of Volunteers and Church Partnerships at (256) 713-4316 for more information.
Huntsville Harvest of Internationals
The Huntsville Harvest of Internationals consists of a group of Christ followers from like-minded evangelical churches in north Alabama who recognize that God, in his sovereignty, has brought nations from all around the world to this area as refugees and immigrants, or for education and jobs. He has brought the nations to us! Because of this, we have been prayer mapping neighborhoods in Huntsville to find pockets of Internationals and potential harvest fields. We meet at the Burger King on Jordan Lane at 10:00 on Saturday mornings to discuss the plan for the day and go prayer walking in designated neighborhoods and apartment complexes. As we encounter both Internationals and local residents, we greet them and strike up conversations. We ask if there is anything we can pray with them about, and if the opportunity arises to encourage them and share the gospel, we do so. Our plan at Capshaw is to meet up on the first Saturday of each month with some from other churches at the Burger King. After prayer walking in groups of 2 or 3, we meet at an ethnic restaurant to debrief. If we can’t meet on that Saturday, we can go on any Saturday that works into our schedules. Someone will be going out each week.
If this is a mission opportunity that you would like to know more about, fill out the form below. You are welcome to join us at any time to see how God is working in the harvest field. You will not be sent out alone. You will go with someone who has done this before and will guide you. If you can’t go on a mission trip overseas, you can reach the nations right here at home!
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” John 4:35.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.
Limestone Prison Ministry
Limestone Prison Chaplain Support - Ted Stephens is a Capshaw Baptist member who has gone through the necessary approval process with the Limestone Correctional Facility Chaplains Office to be able to meet with and minister to the inmates there. Working with inmates at Limestone Correctional Facility is a very challenging mission and Ted meets men who are often at their lowest point in life. They would tell you they have hit bottom and for that reason so many are for the first time open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many will tell you they thank God he sent them to the prison for that reason. Ted says he has never seen such a field so “white” to harvest (John 4:35). And amongst these prisoners, there is a hunger for the word of God both in tracts or Bibles. volunteers both men and women can attend a chapel service on Tuesday nights, or jump in at whatever level they feel comfortable, teaching classes, or just meeting, and encouraging men. I was in prison and you visited me. Mathew 25:36.
NOTE: Mandatory annual training is required for volunteers. This free training is offered at Capshaw on Saturday, Nov 4 from 9:00am-1:30pm. Plan to attend if interested in volunteering at the prison.
For more information on how you can get involved, fill out the form below: