Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus gave a final command to his disciples saying, “...Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and teaching them to obey everything I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20a). James, best known for teaching that faith without deeds is dead, writes, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27). Christian Mission encompasses both evangelism and mercy. At City Church we believe that Jesus’s command and James’s teaching apply to the whole church in every generation until His return. While much of the work of evangelism and mercy is accomplished through the efforts of full-time professional missionaries and mission agencies, we believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every Christian to support and participate in them as God gives opportunity. In this sense, we believe that every member is a missionary.
One way many Christians participate directly in the work of evangelism and mercy today is through short-term missions. These short-term commitments range from 15 minutes to several weeks. They may be one time events or scheduled to occur several times during the course of the year. They may involve an individual or a team. Sometimes they involve travel; sometimes they are local. Often they involve partnerships with full-time missionaries, mission agencies, or other churches. They always express the faith of God’s people through acts of loving kindness for hurting people in need of the Gospel.
This Summer, City Church will send three teams out on short-term mission projects. If you are interested in participating, please email John Bourgeois firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
July 28th-August 4th, City Church will send a team to Chattanooga, TN. This missions project has two main goals. First, to support the work of Christians in Chattanooga and see what God is doing in that city. Second, to give us a vision of what it looks like to engage inner-city poverty over a long time. We will be working with Hope For the Inner City, Widows Harvest Ministry, and Launch Chattanooga. John Bourgeois will be leading this trip.
July 20th-30th, City Church will send a team to visit and support the work of Abou, a pastor in The Gambia. This team will help run an evangelistic summer camp for youth in the area. We are excited about the partnership with Abou because of the work the Lord is doing through his team in The Gambia. In the past two years they have planted 25 churches, representing 9 people groups. They also have mercy ministry going on and have started two children’s homes to protect kids in danger of human trafficking. Kate Joyce will be leading this team.
Mundri, S. Sudan
City Church member Jennifer Disse currently lives in Mundri and serves with World Harvest Mission as a teacher and teacher trainer. More info on the Mundri work can be found here. At the end of July, City Church will send a small team to help train teachers and to provide Jennifer with some support from home. Annie MacKimmie will be leading this team.