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.