“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Mt. 28:19-20). “All nations” means across the globe and across the street. “Teaching them to obey” means proclaiming the gospel vocally and leading lives that reflect the way Christ lived. Missions is what the people of God do when they leave the church building. As a church we want to bless people who have dedicated their vocational lives to ministry and empower our members to serve.
West Sound Youth for Christ.
Coffee Oasis/Hope in Christ Ministries.
This ministry (www.thecoffeeoasis.com) pairs at-risk young people with caring business professionals who help them learn hirable job skills and a strong work ethic so that they can obtain permanent employment and escape the cycle of poverty. Beyond our monthly sponsorship of this ministry, we serve coffee from The Coffee Oasis at our church fellowship hour, and we have a group of individuals from our church that prepare and serve a meal there on a monthly basis.
Berith Presbyterian Church, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Ongoing Missional Opportunities.
In addition to these, our church has long been active in the community, serving as we are led and shining the light of Christ into the world. Again, missions is what we do when we leave the building. It is not a job for specialists, it is the every-day call of each beliver. As James writes, “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (Jas. 1:22).