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Grace places a very strong emphasis on missions, as we long to see the gospel proclaimed all around the world, especially in those parts where Christ has not been named.
We believe that the local church should hold missions as a major priority in financial commitments, training, prayer and teaching. Currently, our missions budget is approximately 20% of our overall budget, which enables us to partner with our missionaries spread around the world.
You can see all the missionaries that we support, as well as look into our philosophy of missions.
Each week we pray for the missionary of the week, and we partner through them with worldwide prayer.
We also hold a monthly prayer meeting where we lift our partners up in prayer.
Our greatest and ultimate goal in missions is the same as in everything we do: That the glory of God would be exalted and His name would be praised¹. We share God’s desire to see Christ worshipped, honored, and praised among all nations.
We believe that the most loving thing we can do for others is to help them to see that their primary reason for existence is to worship God. When people trust Jesus, God is glorified and they are saved, and God’s intention for his creation is fulfilled.
We also believe that God is most glorified and life is most meaningful, abundant, and fulfilling when we are obeying God in reaching out to others and laying down our lives for them².
“I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” –Matthew 16:18
Our confidence in missions comes from God’s promises that our missionary efforts are empowered and assured by His power, authority, presence, and sovereignty³.
People from every nation will one day bow the knee to Jesus⁴. Therefore, our mission will be finished one day. Because of this, we believe that church planting among un-reached people is the greatest need of missions⁵. Frontier missions that reach people groups that do not yet have access to the gospel are our priority.
We believe that the primary battle of missions is spiritual, and therefore prayer is the foundational discipline of our missionary efforts⁶.
Because our mission is a spiritual battle, our lifestyles should reflect a willingness to sacrifice and suffer for the cause of Christ⁷.
Christians must either be missionaries, senders of missionaries, or disobedient. Let us strive to obey.
Our Financial Emphasis
How we spend the money God entrusts to us at Grace will mean more than what we say. Our values are reflected in the way we spend our money. At Grace, we have resolved that approximately 20% of our annual budget will be spent on missions. Our church must model self-sacrificial giving if we expect individuals in our flock to give in this way.
¹Rom 9:17; Isa 66:19; 12:4; Rom 1:5; 3 John 7; Acts 15:14; Matt 19:29; Rom 15:9
²Ps 63:3; Mark 8:34-35; Rom 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17
³Job 42:2; Isa 48:9-11; Matt 16:18; 24:14, 35; 28:19; Rev 5:9
⁶Matt 6:9-10; Luke 14:33; John 15:16; 2 Thess 3:1; James 4:2-4
⁷Mark 10:28-30; Phil 2:29-30, 3:7-11; Col 1:24
- The missionaries must possess strong Christ-like character and hold our theological commitments.
- The sending organization must be one that reflects our theological commitments and one that we trust.
- The ministry must have a holistic focus, but with a strong emphasis on evangelism.
- The ministry should be seeking to reach unreached people groups and/or closed countries. Church planting should be a goal of the ministry.
- The missionaries shall have been accepted to membership at Grace for a minimum of three years prior to their missionary service.
- The missionaries shall have demonstrated significant participation in a ministry at Grace for a minimum of two years prior to their missionary service, so that the Grace Partners Committee can evaluate their level of participation for such service.
- The location should be strategic for reaching the world.
- The emphasis of the ministry should be on training and empowering indigenous workers.
- The missionaries should be committed to long-term ministry.
Come Pray for Grace’s Global Ministry
Every 1st Wednesday, 7:00-8:15 p.m. in the West Sanctuary, you can be a Partner in Prayer for Grace’s global ministry. Receive prayer requests from our Partners around the world; pray for those serving, those considering serving, and those needing to hear the good news; and hear how you can be engaged in fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission for the church to make disciples of all nations.
All are welcome!
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Don and Kathy Allen
Long Beach, CA
Jeff and Barbara Allen
Adam and Anna Day
Bruce and Wendy Dower
Fort Bragg, NC
Rick and Melanie Floyd
Wycliffe Bible Translators
La Mirada, CA
Michael and Samantha Owen
Pacific Islands University
Sam and Amy Raju
Ted and Dana Witmer
D.R. of Congo
Brian and Vega Wulbern
We also support missionaries who are serving in closed countries and cannot post their names or contact information online. Please contact Grace Partnerships for any questions about these missionaries.