WHO WE ARE Learn More About Appalachian Mountain Ministry

Appalachian Mountain Ministry is an intentional missions response of Georgia Baptists to the spiritual and physical needs of persons living in the Appalachian region; by mobilizing Southern Baptists and their resources to provide ministries, evangelize the lost, and assist existing churches and new church starts in the multi-state region of Appalachia.

Appalachian Mountain Ministry (AMM) provides multiple short-term volunteer mission opportunities across the Appalachian region and the surrounding area; in cooperation with associations, state convention regions, compassionate ministry sites, churches, missions, and new church starts that relate to the Southern Baptist Convention.

AMM works in cooperation with the local Southern Baptist associations and/or state convention regional representative(s) in Appalachia to accomplish its mission.

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  • Sharing the Gospel.
  • Serving those who serve the poor.
  • Strengthening the local church, missions, and new church starts.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist local churches, missions, new church starts, associations, and compassionate ministry sites to serve and reach their communities for Christ.
  • Publish the needs and recruit the short-term and long-term mission volunteers.
  • Publish and find the resources to meet physical and spiritual needs.
  • Promote, organize, collect, and distribute the Christmas Backpacks through local churches and compassionate ministry sites in Appalachia and other areas as assigned.
  • Develop long-term missional networks and/or relationships between Southern Baptists associations and churches, with churches and ministries in Appalachia.
  • Provide training to associations and churches relevant to Appalachia on how to use mission volunteers, how to do a mission trip, Appalachian culture, and other needs as they arise.
  • Provide counsel, encouragement, individual training, pastoral care, and help resource churches, pastors, and compassionate ministry site directors and workers.
  • Promoting the Cooperative Program and missions.
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Spiritual Needs

Appalachia is more than hills and mountains, small towns and hollows. It is far more than the region portrayed by the media. Appalachia is a diverse region of poverty and wealth, of multiple ethnic groups, of illiteracy and major universities. Appalachia is people. The region has more than 90 metropolitan cities. Appalachia is a region that is spiritually lost.

Key areas within the region are more than 90% unchurched. Many areas do not have a Southern Baptist work. Through short-term volunteer missions you can make an eternal difference.

Area Served

The region served by Appalachian Mountain Ministry includes parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and all of West Virginia which are tied together by certain economic, political, and sociological factors, as well as missional strategies.

Poverty Needs

Compassionate ministry centers across Appalachia face real challenges as they serve senior adults, families, and children with physical needs. Here are some ways your church can help:

  • Food Boxes or Funds to Purchase Food
  • Back-to-School Supplies
  • Hygiene Packs
  • Coats and Shoes
  • Socks and New Underwear
  • Children’s Clothing
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