THE PURPOSE OF GLOBAL OUTREACH MINISTRY
The purpose of the Global Outreach ministry at College Heights is to help plant indigenous “churches” in areas where we feel called to work that are self-reproducing, self-governing, and self-supporting. This includes prayer coverage, financial support, sending people from our own congregation, engaging in partnerships with nationals, etc.
College Heights defines a “church” as followers of Christ who meet as a body of believers on a regular basis and carry out the functions of a church as seen in the New Testament.
EIGHT AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
Because we cannot do everything, we have necessarily chosen areas of concentration, which reflect our definition of missions and our core values. There are many “good” things, which could be done in missions, but these are the areas that we feel called to emphasize. We work hard to maintain our focus in these areas of concentration, and they serve as a guide concerning “where” and “who” will be our points of partnership around the world.
Within College Heights’ Global Outreach Ministry we are committed to the following areas:
- The Tai Dam People (PACE Project, adopted unreached people group)
- Church Planting
- Unreached People Groups
- Partnering with Nationals / National Church Planting Movements (CPMs)
- Global Church Leadership Development
- Global Issues (in conjunction with best practices, see below)
- Global Outreach Awareness and Education
- Global Partner Care
Currently, we feel that the Lord is directing College Heights to specifically engage in certain unreached people groups/areas of the world. We are purposefully seeking to field teams to these areas:
Southeast Asia—Tai Dam
Northeast Africa—Sudanese Unengaged
North Africa—Rifi Berbers
India—Various People Groups
This list includes a significant national partnership in India, which is engaged in a CPM. We also work with organizations like GNPI, LATM, CIY, etc., which have strategic partnerships with indigenous believers around the world for the purposes of church planting, discipleship and leadership development.
As a congregation, we have seen specific Global Issues capture the heart of our people,causing us to create unique relationships to address issues such as Poverty, Human Trafficking, Sanctity of Life, etc. In these partnerships, we are looking for how they play a role in planting churches.
This is not an exhaustive list of all our partnerships. To see a complete list of those partnerships, go here.
The following principles guide the entire Global Outreach ministry and all those sent out by College Heights:
- We look to God to guide through prayer, as a church, team, and individually
- We adhere to Biblical doctrine
- We place ourselves under the spiritual authority of the CHCC Eldership
- We are people of character, integrity, and transparency
- We are called by God, as a church, to places of involvement
- We believe that everyone at CHCC should be involved in Global Outreach
- We choose to live life in community, both pre-field and on-field
- We are committed to working in teams
- We constantly strive to be servants, learners, and peacemakers
The following are things that we value in our Global Partnerships.
- Being servants
- Focus on planting churches
- Longevity – this is a marathon, not a sprint
- Go as learners, stay learners
- Partnering with nationals
- Holistic Ministry
- Exit Strategy (Begin with the end in mind - both final exit and crisis)
- Eye on reproducibility
- Connection to the church
- Accountability/Mentoring/Coaching Teams
- Preparing before you go
- All units on the team are fielded together when possible
- Full support before fielded (finances, prayer, encouragement)
- People over programs
- Cultural Sensitivity
- Language Learning
- Best (Fruitful) Practices in Place
We want to see healthy people serving on healthy teams planting healthy churches!
Best (Fruitful) Practices
- Extraordinary Prayer
- Abundant Gospel Sowing (abundant evangelism/outreach)
- Intentional Church Planting (starting with the goal in mind and proceeding with every step forward with that intention in mind)
- Scriptural Authority (emphasizing the Scriptures as authoritative as opposed to any person being the authority over everyone)
- Local Leadership (indigenous leadership)
- Primarily Lay Leadership (not exclusively paid, seminary graduated, professional pastors)
- Churches Planting Churches That Plant More Churches That Plant More Churches
- Rapid Reproduction
- Healthy Churches
Taken from David Garrison’s booklet “Church Planting Movements.”
To download a free copy of the PDF go to http://www.churchplantingmovements.com/images/stories/CPM_Profiles/cpm_booklet_standard_english.pd
We believe in the principle that the door should be wide, not narrow, for people in the church to be involved in global outreach. Everyone is welcome and expected to be involved. Here are some of the ways we encourage the church family to get involved:
Global Outreach Team – This is the primary vehicle for active involvement.
Prayer (individually, corporately, special events etc.)
GO Short Term Trips – Adult, College and Youth
Global Outreach Conference
Church newsletters, Website, and other communication tools
Global Partners’ open houses
Resource check-out program – books, magazines, videos
Educational opportunities – Perspectives on World Christian Movement course,International Conference on Missions, etc.