Southridge believes we’re better together.
This conviction applies to our local church too, as we seek to foster unity and serve along with the Broader Church to share Jesus’ love with the world. To that end, we have some core ministry partners that are not only integral to our mission but through whom we enjoy the mutuality of making their ministry better too.
Southridge works closely with a number of core ministry partners. While we’re eager to partner with anyone seeking to express Jesus’ love to the world, a few organizations have become critical to our church’s mission.
Together with the Region of Niagara, Southridge extends love to the homeless.
Southridge has a hostel agreement with the department of Community Services within our Regional government.
This relationship not only helps us offset the costs of running the shelter ministry in our St. Catharines location (providing about 50% of the funding required); it also supports our mutual values of providing holistic care and ongoing support to the homeless population.
Together with Compassion Canada, Southridge extends love to the global poor.
In addition to each of our location’s unique Anchor Causes, Southridge rallies our entire community around a global Anchor Cause of Child Survival.
Facilitated through Compassion Canada, we invest in 8 different Child Survival Programs around the world, with at least one on each continent. In turn, Compassion supports our efforts to grow the global faith perspective and lifestyles of our people, facilitating Child Sponsorships, providing training, and making resources available.
Together with the Global Leadership Network, Southridge develops leaders and serves other churches.
Our heart for the Church extends beyond our own local church.
By partnering with the Global Leadership Network, we’re able to host the annual Global Leadership Summit which envisions, equips and encourages leaders and leadership development in all sectors across Niagara. And we’re able to share some of our learnings and experiences with leaders and churches across Canada and around the world through GLN events, workshops and podcasts.
Together with the Mennonite Brethren Conference of Churches, Southridge supports ministries across Niagara and beyond.
Since its inception, our church has always belonged to the Canadian and Ontario Conference of Mennonite-Brethren Churches.
This association has enabled us to support some very effective ministries, including Tabor & Pleasant Manor, Eden High School, Bethesda and Camp Crossroads. The Conference also provides an extra measure of outside accountability, including an interdenominational SMARRT team to engage in cases of harassment, assault or abuse.