As I am meeting new people, a question that is often asked of me is – What do you think of Memphis?
As I am meeting new people, a question that is often asked of me is – What do you think of Memphis? My response is surprising to some, and to others it is a confirmation of what they have been sensing and feeling.
A little over a year ago, my wife and I were praying and seeking God on what to do about the potential/opportunity to come to ECS. I remember vividly telling Brooke that I believe deep in my bones there are great days ahead for the city of Memphis. After spending a little over a half year here, I can say I have experienced what I believed – there are great days ahead for the city of Memphis. I believe Memphis is a hidden gem with a lot to offer anyone seeking a robust city with potential for growth.
One of the first things I have loved about Memphis is the multi-ethnicity. I am so thankful my kids are going to grow up seeing different types of people from different backgrounds. I never will forget sitting down with my family at Costco to eat some pizza last August. I looked around and a different ethnic was represented at each of the tables surrounding my family. It was great to see such diversity in the food court of Costco! A second thing I love is the positivity of people that are not Memphians and the authenticity of people who are Memphians. These factors for a great mixture of growth and energy for both visitors and residents alike.
Our ECS alumni are some of the finest people I have ever met in my life. I am impressed that so many of our graduates are making a difference wherever God has placed them. Truly, ECS alumni are world-changers (I will write another article about this another time.).
So how will the growth of Memphis impact ECS and its long-term influence? I believe there are great days ahead for this school. As people begin moving into Memphis and the areas surrounding the city, some will seek a Christian education. These young people will learn, as ECS upper school students heard during Worldview Week, from guests like Luke Pruett and Lisa Williams with City Leadership and Choose901. Our future alumni may go to college somewhere outside of Memphis, but I think the draw to come back to serve and invest in their city will be powerful. Memphis is a dynamic town with authentic vibes that reverberate throughout the historical foundations that lead us to the present. I am looking forward to the great days that are ahead!
I want to encourage you to listen to this Equip podcast as a summation of what the students heard from the representatives of City Leadership. I hope you find it encouraging!