Missions at Community
Our vision at Community Church regarding missions is to magnify God’s glory across the earth. We hope to do this as our church family engages in sharing the gospel beyond our own church walls. And we believe that it is important to build relationships with people to do this effectively. Our goal is to build relationships with the missionaries that we support and with the church partnerships in other countries. And everyone in our church body can participate by praying, be helping to send others, by supporting those who go both financially and with encouragement, and/or by going ourselves.
Our 7 Convictions
This is Community Church’s 7 Missions Convictions made simple. A full formal description can be obtained by request from the church office. The ideas and even some of the wording we used to develop these convictions can be found in the 9Marks book, Missions, How the Local Church goes Global, by Andy Johnson.We are using the following definitions:
Missions: Evangelism and discipleship that takes the gospel across cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and geographical boundaries.
Missionary: Someone identified and sent out by the local church to make the gospel known and to gather, serve, and strengthen local churches across cultural, ethnic, linguistic, or geographical divides.
Partnership: Community Church partners with a church or church supporting organization that exists across cultural, ethnic, linguistic, or geographic divides so that both churches are benefitted through evangelism and/or discipleship.
Scripture informs our thinking, giving shape to our principles and strategies as we carry out Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:18-20 to reach all nations with the gospel and to disciple them.
It is God’s desire for His mercy to bring people across the nations into His family. This brings Him glory because it reveals how great are His love and goodness. We find it exciting and even an honor to work with Him in revealing to others His kindness and mercy as He invites them into eternal life.
(Johnson, p34). Humanitarian aid and cross cultural friendships are important because mercy and love are integral to the gospel. These open the door to the ultimate and driving goal and purpose which is to bring the gospel. That is, to facilitate the understanding and embracing of relationship with Almighty God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Churches work in conjunction with parachurch organizations, relying in many ways on their expertise in cross cultural work. However it is the primary responsibility of the local church to multiply through evangelism and through the establishment of other churches across the world.
Pastors and elders take the lead to encourage their people to grow in availability and skill as either goer or sender. Church leaders make this an integral part of corporate led prayer and teaching.
Involvement in missions should not be limited to a special few in leadership or on a committee. We are all called to a deep compassion for the unreached and a strong desire to see God worshipped where He currently is not. It is the gift of every Christian to participate in this great joy.
God is greatly pleased with deepening, supportive, and edifying relationships within His church. We are committed to send out our missionaries “in a manner worthy of God,” generously caring for them financially, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.
How To Get Involved
There are several ways to get involved with missions here at Community Church.
- Missions Team – Our Missions team is always looking for new members! We meet once a month to discuss care of our missionaries, upcoming short-term mission teams, pray for our missionaries and much more.
If you would like more information or would like to join our next meeting please email the Missions Team.
- Senders Team – Community Senders is a new team whose purpose is to fund faise through various meal events at Community Church. The money raised is used to help offset the cost for those who are called to GO on a trip. As a Community Sender you have the opportunity to help sell event tickets, prep food in the Community kitchen, serve meals and of course clean up after meals. If you’re not a chef, that’s okay! Our kitchen dutires and meal prep are led by Jim Wathan. You can serve as little or as much as you wish.
Community Senders is a great opportunity to participate in The Great Commission as well as meet new people and build new relationships while having fun and serving the Lord.
To sign up or get more information about Community Senders, please email Heather Bowen.
- Advocacy Groups – Missionary advocates help our missionaries connect at Community Church through encouragement, communication, and hospitality. While missionaries are on the field, their advocate team can encourage them by sending emails, care packages, and even visiting! They will help to connect with the church by reading their newsletters and sharing with the church through posters, Facebook, and possibly videos on the month the missionary is highlighted. When a missionary visits, the advocates will be their hospitality team by helping to arrange housing, a meal after the service, and connecting them with the church family
To sign up or for more information about our Advocacy Groups, please email the Mission Team.