It is easy to see that the Alpharetta and Milton communities are doing well financially. Demographic data, city center commercial real estate developments, high-priced residential real estate, expensive retail brands, and the busy lifestyle of residents are visible evidence of affluence. However, the pursuit of worldly affluence is not a guarantee of happiness or life satisfaction and can have negative consequences, including the lack of meaningful relationships.
But also, although the number of our neighbors who have income levels below the poverty line is lower than the national average, the homeless are visible in our community. It is also clearly visible that our community is diverse with about 25% of Alpharetta residents having immigrated to the U.S. The Milton Police indicated that they often see neighbors in need on the eastern side of Milton in the vicinity of the intersection of Highway 9 and Deerfield Parkway. This area is also one of the most diverse areas of our community.
Perimeter Church members care about their neighbors. We want to provide care and assistance to the needs of all of our community. And most of all, we want them to know that lasting satisfaction only comes through a personal relationship with Jesus, and not from the pursuit of worldly success. We have noticed that many of their neighbors could benefit from deeper and more meaningful relationships which are not easy to build in our fast-paced lifestyle.
For some individuals reading this, it may encourage you to get to know your immediate neighbors. For others, it might inspire you to use your time and talents in more direct opportunities to serve the community as a whole. Our prayer is that God will stir us to pray and care in deeper ways as we seek to further God’s kingdom where we live.
To view the full Assessment Report and the Ministry Plan, contact the team leadership below at firstname.lastname@example.org.