There are many areas of ministries that the Dale Ridge congregation is involved in including personal ministries, such as visiting and assisting the home-bound and sick, widows/widowers, or group ministries such as our Ladies Ministries, and Men’s breakfast. We are often made aware of a man wishing to become a Minister but lacks the funds to attend a training school. The Dale Ridge congregation pays his tuition and financial support at the East Tennessee School of Biblical Studies. And, while a lot of what we do takes place ‘behind the scenes’, below are just a few of the ways we seek to help build and grow disciples of Jesus Christ.
At Dale Ridge, there are a variety of ways our youth can learn and grow in discipleship to the Lord. We offer bible classes for all age groups Sunday and Wednesday, as well as other activities such as VBS, Lock-In's, and many other ways our youth can both learn, grow, and build lasting relationships with each other. Unfortunately our youngsters grow up, go off to college or move away from the area with their parents. At this time we have a shortage of young people. However, our efforts toward attracting new families to join us as Jesus put it: Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. So, come join us, we have adult mentors, big Brothers and Sister and Great youth Bible Teachers.
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One of Dale Ridge's primary involvements is with Hope for Haiti's Children. This allows us the opportunity to help spread the Good News of the love and grace of God to them, while providing them essential education and needs.
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." - Matthew 28:19-20
Red letters denotes the Words of Jesus.
Dale Ridge is involved with our communities in many ways. We believe that in order to spread the good news of Jesus, we need to seek people where they are, whether it's direct outreach or helping thru a joint effort such as Potter Children's Home & Family Ministries.
For over 100 years, Potter Children’s Home and Family Ministries has been committed to bringing Christian-based solutions and strength to those in need to end the generational cycle of child abuse and neglect. With the growth of our residential and community programs, we continue to find new and better ways to serve those in our care and reach more souls within our community and beyond.
In 1901, after the loss of their only son, local farmers, Clinton and Mary Potter took their grief and channeled into a positive change on their land. In the spirit of Christian endurance and faith, they opened the Potter Bible College in memory of their son, Eldon. The college found success under the administrative leadership of James A. Harding, president of Nashville Bible School. His retirement 11 years later would leave the school with challenges that would eventually close its doors. Unwilling to abandon their good work in credit to God and their son’s memory, in 1914, the Potters and the trustees would later establish the Potter Orphan Home and School on the same grounds, cementing the legacy from which our organization still thrives.
Even after a series of destructive fires in the 1940s threatened to set back our mission, we have rebuilt and restructured, and in 1989, we extended our reach with the SPARK program (Single Parents Alliance for Raising Kids). At each step, Potter Ministries has strived to help those in need grow into stable families and followers of God’s teaching.
Potter Today and Tomorrow
In recent years, our children’s housing moved to residential “cottages” with loving house parents in more family-like settings to better care for the spiritual and physical needs of those in our Foster Care program. On our property, the most recent “quadplex” was opened in 2014. These buildings have freed the large dormitory building to be converted into apartments for our SPARK program, as well as offices for our staff in Foster Care and Adoption and in our Christian-based counseling services. As representatives of the power of Christian-based support and teachings, our continued expansion and repurposing of resources ensures that we honor the legacy of the Potters and their son by doing the greatest amount of good and reaching out to the community even beyond our doorstep.
Over 7000 children and residents served in a century of care. In providing homes for children and families all services are provided at no cost.
2021 Summer Appeal
Potters Children’s Home & Family Ministries
2350 Nashville Road – Bowling Green, Ky 42101
(270) 843-3038 – www.potterministries.org
A letter from our Executive Director
The mission of Potter Children’s Home and Family Ministries is to be a tool in the hands of supporting churches of Christ and individual Christians to deliver God’s justice and mercy to children and families in need.
I am sure we all have memories of our first day of school. I still remember when my mom walked me up to the school building for the first time. I was a little scared and not sure what to expect. But even after that very first time, later when I kind of knew what to expect, the first day of school each year was one of excitement. Maybe you, like me can remember the positive experience you had and parents who were
able to be sure you had new clothes and everything on the supply list. Our parents gave us a hug and told us to have a good day at school. Unfortunately, many of the children that come to Potter have not had those experiences. Some have missed a lot of school and are behind academically. To them, school isn't something to which they look forward. But it is just around the corner.
It is hard to believe that summer is in full swing. As usual, the children are having a busy summer. We are blessed to have several youth groups coming to do work on campus and make friends with the children here. The Sojourners spent two weeks with us in May. Many of the children are attending more than one Summer camp.
But now we must turn our attention toward the new school year. With 37 children in our care, you might imagine it is quite a task to get them all ready. School shopping will need to be started soon to get the children ready for their first day. The average cost for one child is $327.58. I'm asking that you prayerfully consider sending a gift to cover the cost of a child's needs for the 2021-2022 school year.
Would you please help us? James calls it pure religion in James 1:27. We would be so grateful for your support. August 4th will-be the-first day of school for the children , so we need the funds soon. If more than the needed funds are received, the additional income will be used for the other day-to-day expenses for the care of the children.
Thank you very much for your continued prayers and for blessing the children with your financial support.
For the children,
Click "Members" at the top of this page. Follow instructions. Please designate "for Potter Children's Home & Family Ministries". Thank you.
Our women come together often to study and strengthen each other in service to the Lord. They are active with members and guests alike, and come together for crafts, sewing, reviewing an inspiring book, other social activities and bible studies.
"...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
- Matthew 5:16