How does a Christian make his or her life count in a big way? By knowing Christ and making him known. A person becomes a believer when they begin a new life in Christ, yet the journey lasts a lifetime. While we are growing in our relationship with Him, we want to share His joy with others.
The Missions and Ministry department exists to mobilize people to fulfill the Great Commission. We want to make Christ known and minister in His name in our community, our country, and on other continents. You don't have to wait to be a part of something great. Whether you have a desire to minister right here in Houston, somewhere in North America or in another country, we want to provide you with opportunities. God can use your gifts and skills to share His love and meet needs around the world. You don't need a seminary degree to play a vital part in kingdom work—you just have to be available.
Our approach is more than short-term mission projects. We want to invest in people's lives, helping them move from being converts to becoming disciples. Some work may be short term in regard to hours or days spent on the project, but all work has a long term view of seeing people grow in Christ. We also partner with other missionaries and ministries to see that end accomplished because we know we cannot do the work alone.
Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20 NLT)
Jesus told his disciples that they would have an ever-expanding influence from their community to the ends of the world. God's desire is for people to become disciples, and our strategy is to serve God by serving others in our community, our state, our country and other continents.
But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere — in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8 NLT)
Jesus not only gave us the Great Commission and a strategy to carry it out, but He also showed us His heart in carrying it out. It starts with compassion for people. He does not begin with the most talented, most powerful, or the most popular. Jesus entrusts his most amazing work to hearts that are humble and available. Out of a God-given compassion for people who are lost, broken and without hope, we can follow the example of Jesus to go and teach them many things about the Savior.
A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he taught them many things. (Mark 6:34 NLT)