What is missions?
Jesus commissioned his church to "go and make disciples" (Matthew 28:19) and this commission is still our mission today. Missions is the outworking of this commission of Jesus in our world. It is the bringing of the Gospel into contexts, people groups, religions, structures, etc., that do not have a witness to the Gospel natively.
Missions is vastly important because there are countless millions of people who do not glorify God with their lives and who have no witness to the Gospel in their culture. Missions is a temporary goal. It is not the end. Worship is the ultimate end. Missions exists that God would create worshippers who glorify his name through glad-hearted faith and obedience.
We realize that as a congregation/church we have certain limitations to our resources, money and time. We also realize that God has placed us in this time and place for a reason. There is a weight of responsibility that we feel towards the resources, money and time that God has given us. With this in mind, we seek to be most aligned with those efforts that are most closely aligned with who we are as a church. We don't want to chase after the wind in this area. We desire to develop deep and lasting partnerships with missionaries and missions organizations that are Christ-centered, Gospel-driven and others-focused.
You can give to missions in a number of different ways. First of all, think about what God has given you–your house, your job, your income, your family, your time. Then ask God: "How much?" How much will you give of your time and energy towards the cause of global missions? How much will you open your home to others in an effort to be a Christ-centered, Gospel-driven friend? How much of your income will be set aside and given without strings to the cause of global missions?
This deep conviction to spread the Gospel to the ends of earth may capture your soul to the degree that you sense that God would best work through you as a missionary or a worker in another culture for a long-term or short-term period.
This usually means entering a culture that is foreign to you and making Christ known to that culture over a long period (between 4 years and an entire lifetime). We partner with missionaries who are in cultures foreign to them, these missionaries seek to train local leadership to pastor and equip others for the work of the ministry.
This simply means going on an extended trip into a country to complete a specific task or objective. Usually groups travel together in this way and many times connect with local Christ-followers or missionaries who can help them navigate their culture. We engage in short-term missions through our Go Global trips each year.
A Go Global trip is an excellent way to experience what God is doing in other parts of this world. These trips have the potential to radically alter the way you think about your life, your role as a Christ-follower and the impact of the Gospel
These are the current trips that we have for this season. Click on the title to see more information about each trip.
October 10 - 19, 2016
Each year, we take a week to pause and reflect on the Great Commission call that we have received from Jesus to go into the world preaching the Gospel and making disciples of all nations. During this week, we think about this call as it relates to our involvement with our global impact on our world at large.
If you are interested in partnering with our church in your missions endeavors, as a first step, we ask you to fill out our Global Partnership Request form.
Our Global Strategy Team will review your request and get back to you with our decision (typically within 6-8 weeks). If your request has been approved, you will be sent a more extensive application to complete before we can make our final decision regarding partnership. If your request is denied, you will be notified and your information will be kept on file for 5 years for future decisions.