Church Supported Ministries
- A foreign mission ministry to the Bakwe people of southwest Cote d’Ivoire.
- Huguenot Heritage
- Our mission: To bring back to France the Gospel shared by the Huguenots and the Reformers.
Our vision: To equip French layman and pastors in practical theology to be God’s instrument to bring a new Reformation and Revival through evangelism and church-planting taking advantage of today’s “Roman roads,” the New Media.
Christ Church Philosophy of Missions
A missionary is someone whose primary vocation is aimed at fulfilling part of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). A missionary is first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ, who recognizes that Christ is Lord of every nation. A missionary is not a volunteer, but a servant under orders: “go” and “make” are imperatives given to the disciples. Because Jesus is Lord of the nations, we go to disciple the nations. A foreign missionary’s work is connected with making cross-cultural disciples.
The Great Commission was given not to the disciples as individuals but to the church. Thus it is the local church that should send missionaries (Romans 10:15) – not denominational mission boards, para-church organizations, or the autonomous individual. Para-church ministries are at their best when they support churches in the call to fulfill the Great Commission. The local church is responsible for evaluating and approving an individual’s calling to foreign missions, assuming responsibility for what happens on the mission field, qualifying the missionary for ministry, giving pastoral oversight to him on the field, and maintaining his financial and prayer support.
Missionaries should be primarily accountable to their local, sending church, their “home church” (Acts 14:26-28). Missionaries on furlough should not have to visit many different churches (who themselves have many divided interests) to report on their work. They should not have to take the time or resources to drum up flagging financial support from several churches or individuals.
The cooperative agreement between Christ Church and Wycliffe is a good example of the missionary primarily being accountable to his home church. The Christ Church ministry to the Bakwe is overseen by the session of Christ Church, with the field ministry being directly overseen by Christ Church elder Csaba Leidenfrost. Christ Church has committed to funding Csaba’s salary, as we do with any other elder whose ministry duties preclude providing for his family in the traditional way. Christ Church has established a Bakwe Ministry fund to accept gifts from individuals and other congregations to assist in funding translation ministry expenses.
We recognize that in God’s providence, the calling of missionaries does not always follow this neat pattern. God sometimes calls individuals to a particular work outside the focus of their home church. Several churches might have an interest in the work of a single missionary. Churches often do not have the resources to fully support a missionary, but could cooperate with other churches.
We have worked out a vision for cooperation between churches in supporting missionaries that we call the Joint-Venture Model. In this model, the local church sends out the missionary. A mission committee of the sending church holds the missionary accountable and advises him. Sister churches who wish to partner in the missionary’s work send funds to the missionary through the sending church. Those sister churches are encouraged to have a representative on the sending church’s mission committee.
Another important part of our philosophy is concentration of effort. We believe that the best way for the church to apply this biblical philosophy of missions is to concentrate their effort in one or two fields, on one or two missionaries. At Christ Church, we have decided to focus on Cote d’Ivoire, supporting the work of the Leidenfrosts among the Bakwe, and France, supporting the work of Francis Foucachon with Huguenot Heritage and Third Millennium. At the same time, we do support other short term work that God brings to us from time to time.
You may wonder God is calling you to the foreign mission field. If you think that is a possibility, then the church would like to help you test that calling. Contact the church, and ask to meet with the missions committee. The missions committee would probably ask you these types of questions: How have you shown interest in missions so far? Have you prayed for missionaries, or financially supported a missionary you know? How have you interacted with internationals in your home town? There are many opportunities in these college towns to meet and speak with internationals within our borders. Have you taken advantage of these opportunities? In what ways have you been serving the church locally? Have you, or would you be willing, to first spend your own money to go overseas short term, before asking others for financial support? We would ask these questions, not to discourage you, but to help you find you gifts and calling so you can best serve the Kingdom of God.
- The Gospel For All Nations | Christ Church Missions Conference 2012
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- Watch or download the lectures from the 2012 Christ Church Missions Conference