One of the most beautiful parts of a church is the strength of diversity in God’s people. The church is called to be a picture of all God’s people working together to restore the Kingdom on earth. It is this vision that spurred a desire at Peachtree to partner with a multi-ethnic sister church to invest in a group of interns that represent a variety of backgrounds, demographics, and cultures. Our goal is to bring the interns together year-round and take them on a journey of reconciliation through the work of the Church.

One of Jesus’ most well known interactions in the Gospel of Luke is the story of Zacchaeus, the hated tax collector. Jesus invited Himself into Zacchaeus’s life and the results were disruptive, not only for Zacchaeus, but for the entire village. Hearts were softened and healed. Relationships were established and restored. You can read the account in the 19th chapter of Luke.

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

–Luke 19:1–10

As we seek to join Christ daily in the restoration of all things, we believe one avenue for that calling is to expand on our highly successful summer Peachtree Fellows program. Learn more about this initiative in this message from our Senior Pastor, Dr. Richard Kannwischer.

You can participate in the launch of this vibrant initiative by providing financial resources, volunteering your time, and by hosting our Fellows program participants. Please fill out the form below or make a financial contribution to the Zacchaeus Fellows program.