Restoration ATL/City of Refuge

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Restoration ATL/City of Refuge

Site Mission:

Restoration in Atlanta

Restoration ATL was created to help redefine local missions in the city. The leaders of RATL (pronounced rattle--as in Ez 37:7) were not interested in starting another mission opportunity in the city for those in the suburbs to drive in, drop off, and drive away--creating a transaction-like experience. No, our desire was to create an environment where being with was valued over doing for--which in turn would lead to transformation for all.

The mission of RATL is to create urban ministry environments that foster God’s restoration, building the Kingdom within and through His children. Our goal is to bring individuals from all walks of life together for a unique and interactive mission experience, where both physical and spiritual restoration are received by all. We believe ministry and worship that unite young people from disparate socioeconomic backgrounds will inspire transformation and advance the Kingdom in Atlanta and beyond.

We Believe…

Each of us is broken at some level and in need of God’s restorative healing power. Failing to acknowledge our own brokenness leads to a place of great emotional and spiritual pain. We are in need of soul restoration.

The cure for brokenness in one’s life is found in a relationship with Almighty God through Jesus Christ. This is not a one-time “experience” but rather an on-going journey that takes daily nurture and care.

While God can and does use all environments to transform the lives of His children, He instructs followers to engage in the lives of the poor for such transformation. A way for one to experience healing of a broken soul is to find another broken soul and become Jesus to that person.

We have three primary values that guide our decisions as an organization.

About the Site:

Students doing their Contextual Education through Restoration ATL will do their site work at the City of Refuge in Atlanta. The City of Refuge is the largest women’s shelter in the city and Restoration ATL provides pastoral care and programming for the residents and their children.



Restoration ATL/City of Refuge

1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd.

Atlanta, GA  30314

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Site Supervisor:

Dr. Jim Ellison 

Executive Director, Restoration ATL




About the Supervisor:

Dr. Jim Ellison serves as Executive Director of Restoration ATL. Jim has over 25 years of experience serving congregations in the Atlanta area including serving as senior pastor of the historic downtown Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Jim has served on multiple boards in the non-profit community in Atlanta including SafeHouse Outreach and Historic Oakland Cemetery. Jim currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Young Harris College.

Jim holds an Associate of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Young Harris College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from LaGrange College. Immediately following the completion of his undergraduate degrees, Jim enrolled at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and received his Master of Divinity degree the spring of 1993. Most notably, Jim received his Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching and church leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2005, where he was awarded the Beeson Pastor Fellowship scholarship.