Service Over Self exists to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed through urban home repair camps.

Spring Break

College students travel from all across the country to partner with inner-city homeowners in making their homes warmer, safer and drier. Through relationship building and home repair, groups are invited to participate the kingdom work of bringing renewal in our city.

Summer Camp

SOS offers Junior High and High School students the chance to sacrifice a week of their summer to immerse themselves in the inner-city of Memphis. Students partner with homeowners to serve Memphis and our Savior by repairing homes in the Binghampton and Orange Mound neighborhoods.

The Academy

The SOS Academy is a one year internship that trains and equips 19-26 year olds to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with their God in an urban context. Interns will gain practical urban ministry experience and will be discipled as followers of Jesus Christ as they live incarnationally in a low-income urban neighborhood in Memphis, TN.

SOS Builds

SOS Builds is an after school program for urban youth providing educational, character, and leadership enrichment through hands-on construction training. Through SOS Builds, urban youth will gain practical vocational skills, learn to be servant leaders, and grow as followers of Jesus.




Homes Repaired


Summer Staff


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    The Academy Reflects

    We’ve asked the members of the SOS Academy to share some reflections on their experience this year. Here’s a post from Devin Bledsoe, who is partnered with Multinational Ministries. You can learn more about Devin on our Staff page. Where do I begin? The beginning......

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    The Inaugural SOS Builds Project Moves Forward!

    Carpenter Street in Binghampton has seen some exciting changes in the last few years: there’s Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, the Carpenter Art Garden and, most recently, the Purple House.  In May, SOS Builders will install a clubhouse behind the Purple House—our inaugural SOS Builds project. SOS......

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    Meet a Homeowner

    Meet a Homeowner – Sammie Clark We’re continuing our series “Meet a Homeowner” with Mr. Sammie Clark, who was an SOS homeowner from summer 2014. He partnered with returning Team Leader, Ben Hancock. I had the chance to sit down on the couch with Mr.......

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    When Helping Hurts – A Blanket of Pain

    When Helping Hurts was one of the most influential books we read last year in the SOS Academy. It raised some very hard questions about my motives and effectiveness of loving and serving those in poverty. As I’ve transitioned into my full time position with......

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