Mission & Outreach
St. George's Enterprise Ministry
St. George’s Enterprise Ministry (SGEM) was formed as a mission initiative to bless the Nashville community and serve as a catalyst for future St. George’s ministry opportunities and relationships outside the parish. SGEM was formed as an expression of St. George’s successful Living Waters Campaign which was completed in 2013 and raised more than $6 million to restore our campus after the 2010 flood that devastated Nashville and much of our church campus. Using 10% of the funds raised in the campaign, St. George’s embarked on an ambitious initiative to identify businesses in our community with the power to change lives for good.
The SGEM Committee seeks to identify, evaluate, and support social enterprises that focus on development, promote interdependency, empower recipients with personal and social transformation, and leverage St. George’s strengths in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, and mentoring. Our goal is that recipients of the entrepreneurs’ offerings will be able to live in deeper faith, with greater hope, and as full partners in effecting change within their own neighborhoods
In 2020, SGEM selected several recipients including Justice Ministries’ Just.Wash program, a mobile car wash service. Justice Industries employs survivors of trauma such as homelessness, incarceration, addiction, mental illness, and domestic violence. Current recipients include Project Return, Crossroads Campus, and Humphreys Street Coffee. Recently, Humphreys Street Coffee began offering coffee service at St. George’s on Sunday morning. Parishioners are invited to enjoy Humphreys Street Coffee and breakfast foods in the Jones Rotunda. To date, SGEM has given $516,434 to partner ministries such as these.
Additional Mission & Outreach Offerings
St. George’s hosts quarterly Mission Days during which we send out volunteers to serve our community at various organizations in the morning, then return to the church to share lunch, fellowship, and prayer. Over 100 parishioners worked at several partner sites in Nashville and Waverly, TN in September, and we look forward to our next Mission Day in December.
Jones Paideia Elementary School
One of St. George’s flourishing partnerships involves our friends at Jones Paideia Elementary School in North Nashville. Over the last year we have mentored students, distributed food and clothing, appreciated teachers, donated books, purchased art supplies and prepared bulletin boards. Our most recent project is helping to build an outdoor classroom.
Room in the Inn
Over 100 volunteers at St. George’s welcome, feed, and host guests each week in the winter months in support of Nashville's Room in the Inn program. Volunteers serve as hosts and stock supplies to help those experiencing homelessness during the coldest months of the year. We provide toiletries, gently used clothing and shoes, and outerwear, including scarves lovingly made by St. George’s prayer shawl ministry. Bus drivers and innkeepers are the backbone of the ministry, helping transport and provide a safe night’s stay at the church. This intergenerational ministry guarantees that guests are served a warm meal and generous hospitality.
Our Little Roses
Our Little Roses provides a full-time residential home for abused, abandoned, and neglected girls in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. St. George’s sent its first mission group to Our Little Roses in 1993 and has continued to do so every year. While COVID complicated our international travel efforts in 2020-2021, we were still able to meet with the girls for a week-long adventure over Zoom. The week-long summer trip has grown from approximately 20 people to as many as 50 people, with a mix of adults and youth. During the summer trip, volunteers work on a building improvement project as well as participate in group activities with the girls including arts and crafts, reading, games, and excursions. A small group of adults return each February with a focus on relationship building.
Approximately 500 people have participated in these trips over 28 years. St. George’s has a steadfast relationship with the girls. In fact, many graduates of Our Little Roses have visited St. George’s and have maintained long-term relationships with our church members.
Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America)
Troop 31 was founded in 1920 and has been chartered at St. George's Episcopal Church since 1957. Troop 31 continues to shape youth through community service, mastering skills, and leadership opportunities. In 2018, Scouts BSA Troop 78 established their charter at St. George’s, opening doors for girls to participate in this important youth leadership program at our parish. Over the years, several generations of parishioners have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, scouting's highest rank, including two young women in Troop 78’s inaugural year.
Annual Grant Partners
St. George’s commits 10% of its annual budget to provide financial support for organizations in our community and around the world. Recipients apply annually and funds are allocated based on each year’s budget. These grant partners are also supported through hands-on volunteer efforts, including our quarterly Mission Days.
2020 Grant Partners
- 4:13 Strong
- Alive Hospice
- Anglican Frontier Missions
- The Branch of Nashville
- BrightStone, Inc.
- Building Lives Foundation, Inc.
- Church of the Holy Trinity
- Cumberland Heights Foundation, Inc.
- DuBose Conference Center
- Episcopal School of Nashville
- Faith Family Medical Clinic
- Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation
- Helping Holy Land Christians
- Lambscroft Ministries (The Cookery)
- Learning Matters, Inc.
- Legacy Mission Village
- Life for the Innocent
- Matthew 25, Inc.
- Medical Foundation of Nashville
- Mercy Multiplied
- Nashville Fellows Program
- Nations Ministry Center
- The Next Door, Inc.
- Operation Andrew Group: United4Hope
- Our Little Roses
- Preston Taylor Ministries
- Restore Small Groups
- Room in the Inn
- Safe Haven Family Shelter
- Scouts BSA Troop 78
- Siloam Health
- St. Luke's Community House
- Tennessee Kids Belong
- The University of the South, School of Theology