The community faced a blight when a freeway project split the neighborhood in two. The church responded by creating a credit union in 1956 to give African Americans economic opportunity they had never been granted. Later a charitable organization was founded to provide affordable housing for the elderly and single families. This innovative approach led to economic growth and black entrepreneurism. By 1999 the church had 33 million dollars in real-estate holdings and became one of the wealthiest African American churches in the country.
In 1957, Borders and other black ministers boarded a city bus and took seats in the front. When they refused to move to the back, the driver returned the bus to the barn. This event had been scripted and planned. The group notified Mayor Harfsfield of the planned event and asked for his support in facilitating a peaceful arrest. Atlanta's buses remained segregated for another two years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the ministers, ending one of the most symbolic features of Atlanta's Jim Crow social system. Borders was also instrumental in the hiring of Atlanta's first black police officers in the 1940s. His unorthodox approach and achievements made waves throughout the community and he was regarded as one of the best administrators and orators in black history. He remained an influential leader until his death in 1993.