God’s mission to save a people for himself from all nations is one of the great themes of the Bible, beginning with his promise to Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3). It becomes even more explicit after the coming of Jesus Christ when he gave us his Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20). In light of our church’s vision to “build a community of grace and truth for the ministry and mission to the glory of God,” the goal of our outreach effort is to win individuals to the Lord, equip them in the faith and establish churches that have the same aim among every tribe, tongue, people and nation (Acts 14:21-23, Rev. 5:9). Although we cannot fulfill the Great Commission standing alone, we are committed to efforts, both individual and cooperative, which win people to the Lord, build them up in their faith, and establish churches with a similar commitment. We make this commitment out of love for and obedience to our Lord and our love for men and women who are lost without Him (Mt. 9:36-38).
We seek to fulfill this commitment in at least the following ways:
- By teaching one another, particularly our children, youth and new members, about the importance of missions and the challenges and opportunities for service in missions.
- By encouraging, equipping, commissioning, and supporting those from our congregation, and others, whom God calls to the mission field, whether short-term or long-term.
- By maintaining our affiliation with and commitment to the Evangelical Free Church of America, which, through its departments, academic institutions, districts and agencies, is able and available to do what individual churches cannot do by themselves.
- By giving missions a high priority in our budget and encouraging a high priority for missions in individual stewardship.