God makes it clear in His Word that He has called the church to reach the nations with the good news of his Son, Jesus. Grace Community Church takes that very seriously and currently partners with over a dozen missionaries and mission organizations around the world. We define missions as gospel-centered ministry that crosses barriers of distance, culture, and language in order to establish and strengthen the church outside the USA. We see ourselves as a Sending Church, and are focused on strengthening discipleship as preparation to go to the nations. We also offer opportunities to participate in missions through Advocacy Care Teams (ACTs) for each of our missionaries, adult Sunday school classes, short-term trips, and by providing hospitality for visiting missionaries.
Recorded for GCC's 2021 Missions Week, below are 3 "TIM Talks"(Transform/Inspire/Motivate) that provide important Biblical foundations for the work of Global Missions.
Denny Spitters, Vice-President of Church Partnerships with Pioneers, talks about the topic "What is Missions?" Denny zeroes in on not only what missions is, but what it is not. There is much confusion about what constitutes missions, and Denny shares concepts drawn from his book (co-written with Matthew Ellison) entitled, When Everything is Missions.
Dave Hall serves with The Evangelical Alliance Mission as the International Director. He follows up Denny's "What" talk by answering a different question: "Who are the Unreached?" GCC is increasingly committed to focusing on unreached people groups, and Dave helps us focus on just who and what we are talking about when we speak of the "unreached".
Robert Mullen is the Southeast Regional Director with Partners International. He finishes the TIM Talks by answering a third question: "How will we do Missions?" He emphasizes the critical role that every member of a local church should play in the propagation of the gospel to those who have never heard, and ends by issuing a challenge for each of us to find our own places in the task of fulfilling the Great Commission.
For more information, contact GCC's Missions Committee below.