At the Central Pacific District we like to share insightful and inspiring content from our members, friends, and influencers. Please read the story below from Associate Pastor Tim Dunfield of South Hills Church in Henderson, Nevada and their recent mission trip to Mexicali.
In wanting to always provide fresh resources to our pastors and missions leaders here in the CPD, I am pleased to give you some new tools for promoting Alliance Missions in your churches - all year long!
First, in addition to the many videos provided here, we now have access to many one-minute missions videos of our work around the world. To access these videos click here to see Alliance Snap Shots.
If increased engagement is the goal for Alliance global missions promotion, how do we measure it? The following five elements may be considered as indicators of engagement:
It has been amazing to see the response to Alliance Global Missions over the past couple of years. In 2016 alone, I have taken over 20 CPD churches on Vision Trips to Mexico, The Middle East and to Cambodia. How wonderful that so many of you are engaging in meaningful ways financially and by sending teams to work alongside our IWs on the field!
Just south of the border is a cross-cultural, missions experience for the churches of the CPD to “get your feet wet” in missions. Over the past few years we have been developing a Ministry Base in Mexicali. We are now extending invitations for senior pastors, youth pastors and church missions leaders/teams to come and see what is happening there.
District Initiatives are intentional connection points around the world that assist our churches in doing Global Missions
When a people group lacks gospel access, it can be given to them only by someone from the outside of that group. But this kind of “outsider access” is not the end goal. When gospel access is brought by outsiders, the end goal is to see it transition to “insider access.”
When I was starting out as a pastor many years ago, I so appreciated the biblical and balanced structure that I learned from the Purpose-Driven Church model. At first I wasn't sure, but the more I studied the Bible to see what God says about the church, the more I was convinced that the 5 Core Values were absolutely right on track.
Here are 5 things that many of our C&MA churches are doing to enhance greater engagement from their congregations with Alliance missions and the Great Commission Fund.
Some of our pastors have been asking me lately, "Tim, how does my church choose a global partner?" I usually start by asking a couple of questions, like:
"Do you know any Alliance workers already that you would like to connect with or support?"
"Do you already have a place or region of the world in mind where the Alliance is working that you would like to connect with or go see?"
It’s so easy these days to regularly provide missions updates to the congregation that are creative, personal and relevant. Creating global partnerships by bringing missions closer to home encourages a more personalized experience. Read Part 1: A Cool Idea to Keep Your Missions Temperature Hot All Year then check out 5 ways to reach people in your congregation.
How do you get people new to the Alliance fully involved with our global missions focus? How can you make reaching lost people in some far-away place relevant to a twenty-something?
Although Annual Missions Conferences are essential for engaging individuals with global missions, it will take more than one or two events to keep an all-year-long global missions perspective before the congregation. So, here's a cool idea for you to consider.