Upcoming Events

April's focus:


for the children in our community as they prepare for and engage in annual standardized testing.


Action Day - April 22nd

Time: 9:30-12:30
Meet: in the courtyard at 4003 N. Pearl Street at North Pearl Street Baptist Church.
Wear: appropriate clothes for outdoor street-clean up, lot clean, and trash pick-up.

The next Walk It Out is May 7th from 6-7pm. Location: Jackson Track

Download the Walk It Out t-shirt design to make your own shirt.

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Kids Across America: A Life-Changing Experience

Each summer 2nd Mile takes students from our CONNECT Middle School Program to Kids Across America, a Christian sports camp in southwest Missouri. It is a long haul to get there, but we keep going because KAA is simply the best at what they do. And what they do, is provide a high-energy, incredibly positive, titanically fun place for our students to encounter Christ in an environment that fully embraces them for who they are.

Not only does the camp introduce kids to Christ, but it also provides life-changing experiences that stick with students for a lifetime. But, don't take my word for it, hear what our students have to say for themselves about their own experience.
When asked to describe KAA in a sentence, responses ranged from the basic "It's so fun" to the more expressive, "That junk so lit!" Students praised the camp counselors (many of whom grew up coming to KAA themselves) for their relatability and teamwork, "[They] are so communicative and will always work with you."
As far as favorite aspects go, one student pointed to all the new friends from around the country that she made and the fact that they still keep in touch. Others talked about the "challenge by choice" adventures such as the high ropes course and the zip-line, "When you are up there, they say you need to finish what you start, I really needed the help from all my cabinmates on the ground who kept telling me to keep going."
Another favorite aspect mentioned was the CrossTalk an evening where students watch a re-enactment of the crucifixion and are challenged to take the next step in their faith. One participant said, "CrossTalk taught me more and more about Jesus and made me want to connect with Him more."
This month for our Pray Collect Act we are collecting donations for scholarships to send students on this life changing encounter. A full scholarship is $240 per student and half scholarships and other amounts also help to create an unforgettable summer for these kids.



The Gospel: It’s Still Good

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him- 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

There are many ways in which the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has been authenticated and affirmed; the empty tomb, His resurrected body personally observed by hundreds, as well as the sacred and non-sacred written testimonies of those called and impacted by the gospel. In addition to these powerful "witnesses ", God has provided a more personal authentication; and that is our lives.

The gospel is again confirmed through the lives of people who know without a shadow of a doubt that nothing in and of themselves merits God’s saving grace.  Yet God would grant good to the unfit!  Unfit not only on divine terms, but often on human and social terms!

It is a bit humbling and anti-culture, to cling to the label of God's foolishness, but that's me. The Lord has brought me from a mighty long way!  I am evidence that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and deserves all acceptance.  As I begin the process of transitioning into the Executive Director role at 2nd Mile, I cannot help but look back over my life and see what God has done, and how the gospel is the foundation in my new role as a leader and transformative agent in Jacksonville's Brentwood community.

I am not advocating that my role is what makes the gospel good in the sense of human promotion or positional authority.  But rather to express that my primary relevance in this world, to Jacksonville, to Brentwood, to 2nd Mile is that the good I have, and any good that I am is in and from Christ Jesus.

I am a witness and affirm the gospel, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.  My story is that He saves, that He cares. Like the hymn writer says, he has heard my “faintest cry”.  I am a witness that the gospel is still good, that He reaches not for the favorable, but to those who call upon Him and place their trust in Him. Yes, the gospel is still good, and He has unparalleled compassion for our low estate and human condition.

As I think about the ministry of 2nd Mile, I don’t know what all the future holds, but for sure I trust and expect that Jesus will be Jesus, and that the good news of the gospel will always be good news.


Walk it Out T-shirt Design


Download the Walk It Out t-shirt design

Get it printed with the logo on the front, and your name on the back. You can choose any t-shirt color you want and get the logo and your name printed in white or black ink.

Walk it Out is a monthly walking club to promote healthy living and community relationships. 


Prayer Focus: Give Presence

In December, our 2nd Mile prayer focus is that we would intentionally seek to represent Christ tangibly in every action and relationship.

It is fitting that we chose December for this focus on the tangible presence of Christ in and around us, as of course, this month marks the season when we celebrate the real, tangible, historic arrival of God Incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ.

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14 

And as followers of this Christ, we too are called to carry with us grace and truth everywhere we go.

To our job. 
To our school. 
To the bank teller. 
To our family and friends. 
To strangers on the street. 

I recently heard it said that our every interaction has the potential to either communicate love or indifference, affirmation or deprivation, that there is no such thing as a neutral exchange.

In this season, as we reflect upon our God, who entered into this broken world as the agent of healing and reconciliation, won't you join us in prayer that we all would be the people who speak the words of Christ, that we would be the ones who live the love of our God, and that we would tangibly represent Him in our every action and relationship?


Executive Director Transition

Our current director, Ruth Arnold, got married and moved to Atlanta in August. She has continued to lead 2nd Mile Ministries full-time, while the Board of Directors searched for the ministry's next Executive Director.

 On November 16 Jonathan Blackburn accepted the call offered to him by the 2nd Mile Ministries Board of Directors to become the next Executive Director of 2nd Mile Ministries. We’re so thankful to the Lord for bringing our paths together. 

Out-going executive director, Ruth Arnold (now) Evans, had met Jonathan at a by-invitation-only leadership cohort that they were previously a part of facilitated by the Christian Community Development Association. 

Jonathan is married to LaDonna and together they have four children. He and LaDonna grew up in Buffalo, New York and most recently have lived in Lexington, Kentucky where he earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Seminary. He has a great background of spiritual development, ministry experience and higher education that has prepared him well to lead 2nd Mile. We’re excited for the rest of you to get to know him and his family in the months ahead.

 As far as logistics go, he will be moving to Jacksonville in early January to begin his role as the Executive Director, with his family joining later in the month. Ruth will work alongside of him in order to help promote a strong and seamless transition. Ruth’s official end date is set at March 31st. Ruth is excited to watch (from a distance) as the Lord uses his gifts to lead 2nd Mile into some great years ahead!”

We are going to truly miss Ruth, but she has set us up well to receive her successor who will move the ministry forward without missing a beat.

Thank you for your interest and continued partnership in 2nd Mile Ministries.

-Glen Schrieber,
Chairman, 2nd Mile Ministries Board of Directors