History / Vision

About Parker Street Ministries

The Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood. – John 1:14
History / Vision - Parker Street Ministries in Lakeland, FL

In 1996, a core group of Christians trusted in the God of the Bible who cares for the poor. They took that trust in God to a particular impoverished neighborhood and invited others to join them and to listen to the people who live there—to share their experiences—as their neighbors. It began in little ways, folding laundry together in laundry rooms, helping children get homework done, picking up trash together, praying for all kinds of things. The big commitment was to individual, family, and community restoration, reconciliation, and revitalization.

We’ve grown a lot over two and a half decades, and we continue with a vision for community development that is shaped by the Gospel. There are plans and goals and ways to measure progress. All of this happens through an abundance of prayer, people, financial, and facility resources.

Long Range Plan for 2017-2022

2022 Impact Goals and 2021 Accomplishments

Charting Impact Study 2020

We Long for Residents Who Are:

Workforce young adults crossing the street
  • influential Lifetime Learners who reach their full potential;
  • living in a Desirable Neighborhood containing exceptional businesses and housing;
  • Financially Capable stewards who are generous through dependence on God; and
  • pursuing Healthy Community as all people are created in God’s image.