Church Evaluation Paper I chose to evaluate my home church's missions program for this paper. A big part of this decision was curiosity; I had never in my five years at my home church heard anything of a well-formed missions program, and upon receiving this assignment became very intrigued. I interviewed a good friend of mine, who is also an elder at Kentwood Christian Church, by the name of Mike Boumis. As it turns out, my church does have a missions program, and a well-formed one at that. The backbone of the missions program is a committee made up of two elders and three members of the congregation. The main job of the missions committee is to keep in good contact with the missionaries, not only receiving reports, financial needs, and …show more content…
In addition, some KCC partners to a certain extent with a larger local organization that has a similar goal. Finally, KCC holds what they call "love offerings" from time to time. These are presented as separate from the general offering during Sunday morning service when the church leadership feels called to give to a certain person or cause that has been brought to immediate attention. The missions budget which supports the ministries first listed comes as a percentage of the annual yearly offering. This year it was 7.5% of last year's offering. The hope is to soon raise the missions budget to 10% of the yearly offering; however, it is a work in progress. The missions program has not been stagnant at KCC over the past few years. Here a look at some of the progression in the program, as well as some anticipated change. KCC used to have a Sunday each year where their missionaries and organizations would come set up booths in the fellowship area to raise awareness and educate the congregation. This hasn't happened for a couple of years. Also, the mission giving used to come from a separate offering each Sunday morning, whereas it is now taken as a percentage from the yearly offering. Just recently a formal application was developed for those missionaries and organizations to fill out first, before meeting with the missions committee. Also, KCC just began hosting a body of Nepalese believers in the student ministries
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The Church I selected to evaluate is called Parkview Christian Church. Furthermore, both Churches before their inception the founder's sort guidance from God above to reach people for Christ. The concept of the Tinley Park Church of Christ (currently name Parkview Christian Church) originated in 1948 with two women on a train headed to Chicago. These two women discussed and prayed about how they could be a part of God’s plan to implement the lords work in their community. Later, after they arrive at their destination started a prayer assembly that kept expanding. Consequently, due to their increase in membership on “April 15, 1951” they formed a storefront church called Tinley Park Church of Christ (currently Parkview Christian Church). Moreover,
I became interested in missions when my family and I lived abroad in Laos, Singapore, and Costa Rica; we had adopted my youngest brother and were in the process of immigrating him back to the United States. I believe that I can use my majors, Spanish and music (piano pedagogy) in evangelism and in furthering Christ and His Kingdom.
Some estimate that 70 percent of the worlds bible-believing Christians (as opposed to nominal or cultural Christians) now live in the majority world.”1 This reality should entirely changes the way we think about missions. If the greater part of Christians no longer live
In the book, “Breaking the Missional Code,” Ed Stetzer and David Putman lay a foundation for church leaders and pastors to break the missional code that has caused so many churches today to decline or worse, shut their doors. It is not easy to grow a church because there are many factors that have to be dealt with when dealing with people. This book does a great job to connect the dots in showing how churches can achieve their mission to connect the message of the gospel with the community at large. It is also evident that others are equally frustrated, following the exact same model for outreach but with lesser results. The authors go to great detail to show that just because a missional breakthrough occurs in one place that does not mean
After a massive earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, forcing many Haitians to live in unfathomable conditions, and I felt called to help them. I recall sitting in my elementary school classroom, watching live footage of the trauma in Haiti, asking myself how I could help. It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that someone in my church provided me with the perfect opportunity to serve the Lord and Haiti. They told me about “Mission Discovery,” an organization that works to help Haiti and other impoverished countries.
We know several people who have been on short-term mission trips. Perhaps you’ve even been on one yourself and proclaimed to others that you gained more from that trip than the people you went to serve. Maybe you’re a full-time missionary living in another nation (at least for the majority of the year). Most likely, you’re an average church member who knows the Great Commission but doesn’t feel called to long-term overseas ministry. Regardless of where you stand, “Missions” by Andy Johnson is an excellent introduction to missions. Johnson provides readers with ways to be mission-minded, live missional lifestyles, and serve those who are on mission at home and abroad.
Before a mission, missionaries are needed. And before missionaries come, education must be given. This could be through churches, schools or colleges. Two main problems are given when trying to start a mission: people aren't given the vision, and strategies aren't compiled for satellite churches. Target areas could be big cities as Paul did in his day. While this may be the most effective, the seed was scattered everywhere. Jesus not only went to big cities, but small villages as well. Just as in preaching, knowing the audience's education and demographics will help in conversions. In chapter six, Hesselgrave mentions three things Paul didn't do with his finances. He didn't get money for himself, didn't take money to those he preach at, and didn't administer church money. Indeed, Paul didn't pay himself, but he did bring money to the poor saints in Jerusalem (1 Cor 16:3). How can one know if this effort and the mission has been a
I am James Griffin with GCFA and I am currently researching Hispanic mission work within the US. I wish to show an example of how Hispanic outreach through missionaries can grow a church and disciples. I am trying to connect with you because, Sharon Dean and Moses Kumar suggested that you may know additional resources or examples of such mission work in the North-Central or North East jurisdiction? If so, are you open to connecting with me to discuss options for my case
This past summer, I had the privilege to go on my very first mission trip to Arlington, Texas with my youth group. One Wednesday night, my youth pastor told us that we were going on a mission trip to Arlington, Texas to serve alongside the Mission Arlington workers. I have always felt the calling to go out of the country to serve others, so this was the perfect opportunity to get a taste of the mission life. I started to prepare in advance by praying for my youth group to be spiritually ready, praying for the children I was going to meet, and praying that the will of God would be done. So on July 16, 2016, we took the long haul to Mission Arlington Metroplex.
This book review, “Let the Nations be Glad,” by John Piper. The first section of the book is called Making God Supreme in Missions: the purpose, the power, and the price. John Piper explains the supremacy of God in Missions through Worship, prayer, and suffering. His thesis clearly demonstrates the focal point is Worship. John Piper states, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church.
This summer I have the honor and privilege to be able to advance God's kingdom with a mission trip to Costa Rica. I'll be going with a group of missionaries from Living Word Family Church to Siquirres Costa Rica. While there, we'll be doing street evangelism including ministering to the people and dramas for the public. The team I'm in is the Youth Team, and we'll be in Costa Rica from July 9th through the 16th.
Missionaries can live off of their salaries, but the money covers only basic living with little excess. “Our combined salary was $24,000 a year, no, we were not living off of scraps, but budgeting was extremely important.” (Belle Isle, A.). The work done by evangelists is truly from care and compassion, not from money, stability, or the chance of a promotions. “Entry level is exit level in the mission field.”(cmalliance.org). There is no climbing to the top, corner office, or big-shots in missions but people who are genuinely called to the mission field do not mind. This career relies heavily upon one’s faith in the Lord and trust that He will persevere through all trials and burdensome times. “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8) is the anthem for many working in missions. Traveling while telling others of Christ is wonderful, especially receiving a pay check while doing so, however missionaries do have to leave their families behind in order to go serve the multitude. Saying goodbye to loved-ones is not a simple task, however missionaries except that as part of the job in order to go spread to love to people. The positives of mission work outweigh the negatives tremendously. Mission work is strenuous, however yields wonderful results of newborn Christians which is the grandest reward that anyone could ask for. All in all, traveling while sharing the good news, getting to build relationships with missionaries and a variety of people from different cultures, and experiencing first hand foreign doings is all in a days work for a missionary, which is why it is the most intrinsically rewarding job
The next phases included requesting the Small Group Ministry to alert their Group Leaders of the opportunity to serve the Church; both individually and/or as a small group. This was closely followed by a similar request to both the Men’s, Women’s, and High School /Middle School Youth ministries. I requested that if they were willing to get the word out to us to please make it an in-person and personal appeal at their meetings (again, because general “we need help” emails tend to be ineffective). I also made myself available to attend any event or presentation.
Now before you read through what we’ve drafted (thanks again for your feedback), I would like to give you a little more clarity as to what and why, mission, core values, and goals are so necessary for a local church.
The last of the initial tasks for missions is spreading the Gospel. Once a strong, healthy body of believers has been organized that is well provided for and self-sufficient it