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"So in the even months, second Sunday, we do not have a worship service. So we come together here in Fondren and at our Madison location and we go out and we serve all over the city and we do ministry," Pastor Smith said.

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"So in the even months, second Sunday, we do not have a worship service. So we come together here in Fondren and at our Madison location and we go out and we serve all over the city and we do ministry," Pastor Smith said. "So in the even months, second Sunday, we do not have a worship service. So we come together here in Fondren and at our Madison location and we go out and we serve all over the city and we do ministry," Pastor Smith said.
The music is folk or indy inspired at the converted gym at 3232 North State Street, but North Ridge Church actually seems to be a place where independent people come to be a part of a community. The music is folk or indy inspired at the converted gym at 3232 North State Street, but North Ridge Church actually seems to be a place where independent people come to be a part of a community.
"We feed the homeless at Poindexter and Smith Parks. We go work at children's homes. We go work with families who are fostering kids and we'll clean their toilets, wash their car, mow their yard," Pastor Smith said. "We feed the homeless at Poindexter and Smith Parks. We go work at children's homes. We go work with families who are fostering kids and we'll clean their toilets, wash their car, mow their yard," Pastor Smith said.
Pastor Eric Smith says the Fondren location for "North Ridge Church" opened 11 months ago. Pastor Eric Smith says the Fondren location for "North Ridge Church" opened 11 months ago.
Another goal at the church is to get young adults back into faith communities. After high school many kids never return to Sunday service, Pastor Smith said noting his experience as a youth pastor while in college. Another goal at the church is to get young adults back into faith communities. After high school many kids never return to Sunday service, Pastor Smith said noting his experience as a youth pastor while in college.
It's called "North Ridge Church" because leadership wanted a name reflecting its location - combining 'North Jackson' with 'Ridgeland'.

But, less than one year ago, the church started another congregation in Jackson's Fondren neighborhood and membership there is on the upswing.

Pastor Eric Smith says they're accomplishing the growth by appealing to young adults. But how? Well, they're putting "Faith in Focus".

Click here to watch last week's FAITH IN FOCUS: 'Agape' Church Strives to Show Namesake

The music is folk or indy inspired at the converted gym at 3232 North State Street, but North Ridge Church actually seems to be a place where independent people come to be a part of a community.

The banjo player in the church's band, Josh Wise, said he's been a part of the church since around when it opened.

"There was just a little church shopping around and just felt at home here," Wise said.

Wise is a transplant from South Carolina. In fact, many of the young people at the church are from out of town.

Wise is also one of the many church members that wearing a shirt which reads 'LIVE SENT' - the motto for the church.

"A lot of people think of churches doing missions as international missions - going to help 3rd world countries. When, in reality, missions start right here in our own communities," Wise said.

Pastor Smith said what Wise is describing is applied in their worship schedule.

"So in the even months, second Sunday, we do not have a worship service. So we come together here in Fondren and at our Madison location and we go out and we serve all over the city and we do ministry," Pastor Smith said.

The effort is called "Take it to the Streets" and it may be what's attracting the younger, more energetic crowd to the congregation.

"We feed the homeless at Poindexter and Smith Parks. We go work at children's homes. We go work with families who are fostering kids and we'll clean their toilets, wash their car, mow their yard," Pastor Smith said.

"For a pastor it's tough because it costs you money because you're not really going to take a tithe that day. And you might lose people who would show up to worship. But the people that you're able to go out and minister to is well worth that little bit of a sacrifice," Pastor Smith said.

Another goal at the church is to get young adults back into faith communities. After high school many kids never return to Sunday service, Pastor Smith said noting his experience as a youth pastor while in college.

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