Missions and Outreach is not a ministry of the church.....it is why we exist!


Jesus said,”But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”(Acts 1:8)


The Bible is super clear that real disciples of Jesus Christ are going to do something more than going to church weekly. In the passage above Jesus gives His disciples clear marching orders on where they are to go witness for Him.

Jesus said, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28: 18-20)

 

At Grace we try to keep things simple. We believe we should follow the teachings of Jesus and there is no need to add, or take away anything. Like Jesus, we have a passion and zeal for the lost and hurting in our world. We aim to take a different approach in reaching out and helping people. There are too many people that have become jaded because of a bad experience with the church or people who call themselves Christians. At Grace we aim to build bridges instead of tearing them down.

We aim to take a different approach in reaching out and helping people encounter a real and living God. We stress cultural relevancy and utilize all medias and means to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ.

What Acts 1:8 means

Jerusalem | Local Community:
The first place Jesus commanded His followers to go to is….nowhere! To stay right where they were and reach their local community for Jesus. We believe this is the same place we should all start. Reaching out to people at work, at home, at the store, at the gym, on the playground, on the sports field and so on.

Judea | Regional:
The next place Jesus commanded His followers to go to is….a place that is not local but you can get there with some effort. In our context that is the United States. This is why you will find the people of Grace serving around the United States.

Samaria | Different Cultures:
The third-place Jesus commanded His followers to go to is….to people from other cultures. This one is hard because it means loving people that are not like you or me. At Grace this means we get outside our four walls to minister in prisons, to people without a home, to people overcome by financial burdens, to people that live different lifestyles than we do. And we do not do it to change them to become like us, but to take the good news of Jesus to them.

Ends of the Earth | The World:

The last place Jesus commanded His followers to go to is…. into the entire world and present the good news. You will see Grace taking short-term missions trips to serve in other nations. That is also why we support missionaries around the world.

We know there is not one person who can do all of this. But we know we can all be involved in making it happen! That is why God launched the church. A church filled with people, with different gifts, when working together, accomplishing anything!

What Matthew 28: 18-20 Means

Go | It’s more than just Sunday:
Jesus commanded His Disciples to GO, not stay. A Disciple of Jesus is a person who is out in those places we see in Acts 1:8. We are on a mission everywhere God has us!

Make Disciples | We are called to reproduce:
Throughout Jesus’ life, we clearly see His call for His disciples to reproduce more disciples of Jesus (not themselves). We are all called to reproduce more disciples of Jesus; while that might sound intimidating it is the call Jesus gave us to do as we GO.

Baptize Them | Public Identification with Jesus:
Baptism is all about a public declaration of a person’s identity in Jesus Christ. This is one of the ways the disciple-makers of Jesus help people do that. Disciple-makers are called to baptize the men and women that have become disciples of Jesus.

Teach Them to Obey | Grow with each other:
Another part of being a disciple-maker of Jesus is teaching these new disciples everything in the Bible. I know, sounds like you need a Masters in Divinity; but you don’t! None of Jesus’ earlier followers had any sort of Bible degree; they had the Holy Spirit to guide them, just like we do! This means we walk alongside our disciples to help guide them.

Let us point out one last thing. Jesus wraps all of this up with this great promise, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus is saying two things here. First, that if we do this He will always be with us, and why would we want to miss out on that promise! Secondly, this this call is to the end of time. That means this call was NOT just for the men who walked on earth with Jesus, but it is a call to you today!

Some of our Missions Partners

Atlas Ministries

Local Partner

ATLAS is dedicated to walking with people through difficult times,
showing the way to relief, restoration, and redemption, through
relationship building.

Harvest Stand Ministries

Local Partner

Harvest Stand Ministries is a Zeeland based organization dedicated to providing support and resources to those in need in our community. Providing crisis and long-term services that lead to self-sustaining life change.

West Michigan Youth for Christ

Local Partner

YFC reaches young people to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Bible, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

Zero Gravity Ministries

Local Partner

Our vision is that every student will have the opportunity to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We accomplish this vision by meeting students and building relationships through our after-school programs.

Every Home for Christ

Regional Partner

Every Home for Christ exists to serve the Body of Christ by equipping and mobilizing Christians around the globe to actively participate in taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every home on earth while making disciples of new believers.

Josiah Venture

Global Partner

A movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society.

Mission French Africa

Global Partner

Mission French Africa is a radio and discipleship ministry focused on evangelism and leadership training in French Africa.

Our Daily Bread

Local Partner

We’re a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Regardless of whether it’s a radio or television broadcast, DVD, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide materials to help people grow in their relationship with God.

Voice of Martyrs

Global Partner

The Voice of the Martyrs is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian missions organization dedicated to serving our persecuted family worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them.