Joy Purvis, Global Missions Team member
Some big themes in the modern American church are growth, community, and social justice. These are all good things to emphasize, but it appears that the church has lost some footing when it comes to missions. Take a moment right now and think about all the missionaries that CCC supports. Do you know their names? Where do they serve? What kind of ministries are they involved in? For many of us, the answer may be “I have no idea!” My point isn’t to make you feel bad about your answer but simply to make you aware of this reality. In fact, one of my responsibilities as part of the Global Ministries Team at Christ Community Church is to make missions more visible to the church and to help get everyone involved in mission work.
But first we must ask, “What is missions, and why is it important?” Missions means going to a different culture to tell people about the gospel of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. Missions is important because it is the heart of God to reach all kinds of people. In the book of Revelation, John sees “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” If God intends to draw all nations to himself, then so should we! Jesus also said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” If missions is a priority for Jesus, it must become our priority, too.
Next, we can ask “How can I get involved in missions?” There several ways. As individuals, our functions may differ, but we must be all involved in missions. Some of us will SEND, encouraging and commissioning others to carry out mission work. Others will commit to PRAY, asking God to protect our missionaries and bless their efforts with fruitful results. Others will GIVE, supplying the practical needs of missionaries and their families. Finally, some of us will GO, taking the gospel message ourselves to another land. Although we may not all be physically involved in the mission work, we are all involved in the sending, praying and giving. These three elements play a critical role in the effectiveness of missions.
Going forward, the Global Ministries Team will be trying to make missions more visible at CCC through videos and in-person testimonies from visiting missionaries or church members involved in short term mission teams. We hope these visible reminders will encourage you to send, pray, give and…maybe…GO!
You can read more about Global Ministries at CCC, including the missionaries we support, here: http://cccpca.org/global-missions/
If you want to learn more about missions at CCC, please talk to one of the Global Ministries Team members: Teresa Leonarz, Landon Holbrook, Joy Purvis, and Rick Hawkes.