The Ville Church has a vision to see holistic restoration in Jacksonville’s Zone 1 communities through the gospel of Jesus Christ and for strangers to become friends that become family
Our mission is to implement innovative strategies that target and serve the Zone 1 communities of Jacksonville Florida through gospel discipleship, church planting, and community development to the glory of God
Our inward focus as a church is to proclaim the Gospel and disciple everyone to be followers of Christ. Our hope is that the members of our church grow in their relationship with Christ, mature in the faith and knowledge of God’s Word, love their brothers and sisters in Christ as well as their neighbors, and develop a relentless desire to see the gospel proclaimed through the mission of the local church.
We are committed to the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, to stewarding all that God has given us, making disciples that make disciples, planting churches that plant churches, and mirroring the love shown to us by God through Christ Jesus to others.
The Ville Values: who we are
- Gospel Transformation / Biblical literacy
- Community Development
- Church Planting
- Racial & Class reconciliation
- Culture building / Arts
- Financial stewardship / Economical empowerment
Our strategies : what we do
Being transformed by the Gospel and declaring the gospel
Stewarding what God has given me in light of the gospel and priority of our
Building relationships through community development
Making disciples who make disciples
Planting churches that plant churches
Reconciling races and classes to worship God with one voice
Standing against injustice and standing for change
Creating culture through our family, work, and the arts
AWARENESS (Zone1): where we are
Health Zone 1 (Jacksonville Florida)
- Most urban area – has highest population density of 2766.5 people/sq. mile
- Population of HZ1 = 128,600 (2006)
- Largest number of minority residents in all of Duval County
- 107,001, which is 83% of the Health Zone 1 population.
- 41% of all blacks in Duval County live in this zone.
- Lowest average household income with $21,815
- HZ1 has the highest poverty level with 26% of the population living below the poverty level
- Highest unemployment rate at 7.03%.
- 100.9% higher than the overall unemployment rate in Duval County, 3.5%.
- Lowest level of education with 32.1% having more than a high school graduation,
- compared to 65.1% in Health Zone 6 (Beaches area)
- **Better educated people have fewer health problems, tend to live longer and have less disease than those with lower education levels
- Highest mortality rate from heart disease (64.7% higher than lowest zone rate), and
- Highest rate of mortality due to diabetes related conditions (twice that at Beaches)
- 2nd highest zone for cancer mortality rate (more than Duval County and state rate),
- Highest homicide death rate in Duval County with 43.4 per 100,000 population –
- 221.5% higher than the second highest rate which is in Health Zone 5
- HZ1 has 2nd lowest suicide rate
- Highest HIV/AIDS death rate with 42.4 deaths per 100,000
- 420.9% (4 times!) higher than the second highest Zone, 5, with 8.14 per 100,000.
- Highest STD rate ages 15-24 – significantly higher than all other health zones with a rate of 8,633 per 100,000, 131.6% higher than the next highest health zone.
- Highest teenage pregnancy rate with 81.33 per 1,000 female population ages 15-19 yrs
- Highest rate of infant mortality with 13.1 per 1,000 live births
- Highest rates of ER visits (especially related to asthma, diabetes, and intentional injuries) – more than double the zones with second highest rates
- Despite all this, some of the toughest, kindest, most resilient and resourceful people you could ever meet live in Jacksonville's Zone 1 neighborhoods
As our church sees Christ more and more together as a family, naturally the outcome of being undeservingly overwhelmed with such mercy and grace is that we would lavish others with the same love. Our outward response is broken down into the two following categories:
The Ville Church sits on the border of downtown Jacksonville and Springfield, a neighborhood currently in the middle of gentrification initiatives. Our city is steeped with a history of racial and economic division and our neighborhood bares the fruit of neglect. Fatherless homes, drugs, murder, violence, homelessness, mental illness and hopelessness are all to familiar. We respond to these issues by actively taking steps to serve our local neighborhood (Springfield/Eastside/Downtown) and equipping our church members to do the same in their communities.
We believe that loving kids is a pivotal way to love our city and move towards a brighter future. Volunteering in local schools, non-profits and working with teachers/leaders is a priority for The Ville Church. One of the distinctions associated with poverty has always been a lack of education. By partnering with schools, we are able to build relationships with future leaders, build esteem for education and a proper understanding of how it plays into the big picture of transforming communities for the better all while pointing people to Jesus. We currently serve closely with The Evac Movement, The Boselli Foundation, 2nd Mile, as well as other organizations and schools.