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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.