Third Street Ministries, Inc.
Rome, GA 

A lay ministry of service to Rome and Floyd County, GA

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Matt 22:34-40 (NRSV)
The Greatest  Commandment

"When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him
Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"  He said to him, 

"'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind'

This is the greatest and first commandme

And a second is like i
t: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'  

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"


Effective October 1, 2016 Third Street Ministries will be returning to our roots.

We are leaving our current location at the old Troy's Barbeque building on Calhoun Avenue. While this location has served us well serving as a location for Bible Study, Prayer Meetings, Informal Worship Services, and a Clothing Distribution Center for the Homeless and needy citizens of our community, we feel that our place is on the "Street".  It is only "on the street" where Third Street Ministry is at it's best, working with, talking and praying with, those we need to reach.

Third Street Ministries, Inc. is incorporated in the State of Georgia as a non-profit lay ministry of service to the homeless and un-churched of Rome and Floyd County, Georgia. We strongly follow the theology of John Wesley and the United Methodist Church, in that we are all ministers sent to serve and share the words of Jesus Christ. It is not our goal, however; to encourage or recommend any one Christian denomination over another, but to witness to the life of Christ and salvation through His death. 


Who We Are: 

Third Street Ministries, Inc.  is a “not for profit” (501- C - 3) non-denominational Christian outreach to the homeless and un-churched of Rome & Floyd County.  We are based on Wesleyan doctrine and belief that we are all called to ministry.  Operating as a non-denominational ministry (by that I mean that we will not stress the beliefs of any Christian church over another) we minister only in the name of the Holy Spirit.

What We Do: 

In The beginning (that, by the way is not an original phrase) we simply took to the streets, walking the riverbanks, going into the woods, or where ever we thought we could find “the homeless”.

Starting in 1998, we started going to areas of Rome known to be centers of illegal activity. We set up a tarp as close to the suspect location as possible…. we cooked lunch…we gave away Bibles, paying special attention to anyone seen going into or out of the suspect location…we prayed with and for those who asked…we showed respect and built trust.  We walked the neighborhood knocking on doors, giving away free Bibles and when people would talk with us we would invite them to come to our tarp and have lunch…when they asked us why we were there we explained the circumstances of their neighborhood – some admitted knowing about the problem – some seemed surprised.  Over the first three years we believe we were instrumental in either closing or forcing re-location of four drug dealers and three brothels. In 2004 we started a “clothing closet”…taking donated clothing to the streets and giving them on a limited basis those in need. 

 Who Are The Homeless & Un-Churched:

There is no single answer to this question, the people we attempt to help generally fall into three general categories, we love to pigeon-hole people don’t we, well another sermon for another day. There will always be sponges; those who absorb all they can and return little if any - the self-entitled - this is just a fact of life in today’s society. While they are most assuredly un-churched they are not homeless. 

Rome is known as "a good place to be homeless" because of the shelters and food banks. Then there are the truly mentally ill, the physically of mentally disabled, the released addicts. There are the veterans from Viet-Nam who have returned to us dejected, rejected, and basically ignored by the government – unable to function in today’s society

 How Can You Help: 

The citizens of Rome and surrounding areas have opened their hearts and pocket books for this ministry.  All we are able to accomplish is made possible by their donations of time, clothing, and Bibles. 

Used clothing of any type or gender is always needed.
Personal care items are always needed.
A case of 24 Large Print Full Bibles costs $150.00.


Why do street ministry? ­ - Unconditional Positive Regard  

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” 
NRSV Ephesians 2: 8

Works Do Matter

For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” NRSV Ephesians 2: 10  We are not only expected to do good deeds but were actually created to accomplish them.  John Wesley’s union of justification by faith and going on to perfection does describe the biblical understanding of the life of those in Christ. We are both believers and dowers, people of both faith and good works. Either is barren by itself, as the letter of James reminds us: “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.”  NRSV James 2: 26


What Makes Us One Body?

One: The death of Jesus Christ has destroyed all distinctions of race and nationality. Where ever people are and whatever their background, they are now one people. “14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.”    NRSV Ephesians 2: 14-16

Two: We are united even though we do different things for Christ. The differences do not matter. As individuals, groups, and denominations, we are gifted in different ways; yet we can all belong to the Body as long as we are serving the head, Jesus Christ. Individuals and denominations need not fight over their differences. They can rejoice that God has called each to do separate ministries, which, when combined, express the work of God.  “for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.” NRSV Ephesians 2: 18


The Secret Is Out.

Jesus Christ has become the source of a new personal salvation and the center of a new universal kinship. We are all one body, one spirit, one race. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Making the story known is the responsibility of each disciple, regardless of personal circumstances. It is also a responsibility of the whole Body, the church. “that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” NRSV Ephesians 3: 6 “so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” NRSV Ephesians 3: 10

 The Whole Concept

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. AmenNRSV  Ephesians 3: 20-21.



Third Street Ministries, Inc
Rome, GA