Beyond the walls

In early 2019 a group of men whose lives had been deeply affected by the ministry of The Porch came together with a vision to enhance and expand the scope of that ministry. A non-profit corporation called The Porch Ministries was formed, with a board of directors to oversee its affairs. This board formulated a plan for ministry to not only continue in the house, but to expand well beyond the walls of the home in Corryton, Tennessee.


The Porch Ministries has a fivefold vision based on the ministry gifts of Christ outlined in Ephesians 4:11 (apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists), and is expressed through the individual and corporate operation of these gifts:

 

Apostolic

At The Porch we want to be at the ground level of furthering the mission of the Church by training and preparing young adults for ministry/ministry school. We do this primarily through in-depth Bible studies, and by creating a culture of discipleship to help people identify their specific gifts and callings.

 

Prophetic

We believe fully in the exhortation of the Apostle Paul, who told us in 1 Corinthians 14 to "Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and especially that you may prophesy." We seek to do this by providing spaces for and facilitating prayer and worship gatherings that serve as a safe training ground for prophetic worship and ministry.

 

Pastoral

This ministry gift given to us by the Lord Jesus is expressed at The Porch by acquiring and providing facilities for residential discipleship of young men, including those who have struggled with addictive and self-destructive behaviors. We also partner with ministries that specialize in discipleship of individuals in recovery.

 

Teaching  

Everything we do at The Porch is built upon the solid foundation of the Word of God. By honoring the authority of Scripture and teaching the whole counsel of God, we purpose to foster a Great Commission culture by training disciples who make disciples.

 

Evangelistic

As a Great Commission ministry, one of our distinct purposes at The Porch is helping young adults recognize a call to missions, and preparing them to enter training for the mission field. We provide financial support to a number of missionaries and missions organizations.

 

One of the major goals within this fivefold purpose is to acquire additional venues and facilities so that The Porch’s most effective ministry, that of residential discipleship, can be expanded. Although some of our purposes and functions are the same as those performed by churches, it is not the intent of The Porch Ministries to be a church, but rather to be an expression of THE Church, as a ministry that helps carry out the larger mission of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

OUR CORE BELIEFS

The Porch is a Christian ministry that is not affiliated with any particular church or denomination. As such, we espouse, believe and are founded upon the Five Core Tenets of Christianity:

 

1. The Trinity

We believe that there is one God who eternally exists as three Persons - FatherSon, and Holy Spirit. All three Persons are equal and eternal.


2. The Person of Jesus

We believe that Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He is God the Son and the man Christ Jesus; the Word made flesh, born of a virgin, baptized by John, crucified, and raised from the dead. He has always existed as God, and all things were created through him.


3. Salvation by Grace through Faith

We believe that every person is broken by sin and in need of salvation. We are saved by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ.


4. The Inspiration, Infallibility and Authority of Scripture

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, infallible and without error in its original autographs, and is the supreme authority for all matters of life.


5. The Return of Jesus and the Resurrection of the Saints

We believe that Jesus will return bodily to the earth in order to set up his kingdom and judge the world. Those who have trusted Jesus for salvation will be resurrected unto eternal life in heaven, while others will be separated from the presence of God in a state of eternal judgment.



christmas at the porch

Each December The Porch hosts a reunion of men who helped launch the movement in its early days. Papa Rich often calls it his favorite night of the year, as the Lord regathers sons from near and far to celebrate all the Lord has done in the place so many have called their spiritual home.

FIRST THANKSGIVING

In 2019 a new tradition began at The Porch. On November 27th our first ever Thanksgiving dinner was held, with 19 sons - old and new - breaking bread together, followed by a powerful time of fellowship around the Word.