“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
At Christ Community, we believe that as followers of Jesus Christ we are all missionaries. We view the mission of the church not as something that God has only called vocational missionaries to do across the globe but also as something that God has called each of us to pursue right here in Houston. Because of this, we seek and encourage one another to….
INDIVIDUALLY reach our NEIGHBORS as missionaries with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
COLLECTIVELY we come together in our missional COMMUNITY GROUPS around Houston for the purpose of reaching our different Houston neighborhoods for Christ together.
GLOBALLY Christ Community SUPPORTS & PARTNERS with ministries that reach people with the gospel.
Missions Friends & Partners
Assistance Level Ministries
- Chris and Carrol Sills– Reaching and Teaching
- Craig and Cindy Wilson– Reaching and Teaching
- Slavic Gospel Association
- Forgotten Voices
- Gospel to China
- Erin- Asia
- Houston Church Planters Network
- Anna Jepson, PLI
- The Arnolds– Denton Bible Church
- Jesse and Tricia Marcos– CRU CITY
- Joel and Rachel Kirby– Othantile Children’s Ministry
- Jonathan Gilmore– Acts 29 Italy
Missions Giving Strategy
The elder leadership at C3 sets the direction for our Target Priorities and our Giving Principles as a church. The Mission Team’s role is to take these priorities and principles and evaluate and support ministries that best fit these distinctions on either a “Partner” Level or “Assistance” Level.
Church Planting-C3 desires to be a church planting church itself and support other church plants both locally and internationally.
Word Ministries that take the gospel to people all over the world. These ministries focus on outreach and evangelism efforts and should be connected to the ministry efforts of a local church.
Deed Ministries that are gospel-centered and meet pressing social/physical needs. By gospel-centered we mean that the social/physical need that is met is used a means to the end goal of sharing the message of the gospel. We also desire that these ministries be connected to the ministry of the local church
C3 Funds-We are committed to an ADOPTION Fund through Lifesong for Orphans for those in our body who desire to adopt, a THEOLOGICAL Fund to help students who feel called to ministry complete their training, and a MISSION TRIP Fund to help offset trip costs and help people with a financial need to go on short-term mission trips.
Relationship to the local church- We believe that the Bible teaches that local churches are central to God’s purposes and have a central role in a mature and fruitful Christian life. Therefore, we will give high preference to ministries whose efforts connect to the ministry of like-minded local churches. Questions we ask: How direct is the relationship between this ministry and the ministry of a gospel centered local church? In other words, how many degrees of separation are there between this ministry and the ministry of the local church?
Unreached People Group (UPG) and Unengaged Unreached People Group (UUPG) priority- While there are many wonderful causes that we could support, we realize that God’s mission and plan is for every tongue, tribe and nation to hear the gospel. The Joshua Project estimates that of the 17,000 people groups in the world (in 2019), about 7,000 could still be considered an UPG. An UPG is generally thought to have less than 2% of the population professing biblical Christianity. These people have little to no access to the Bible, Gospel, Christians, Churches, etc. We believe such people should be prioritized as we decide where to invest our mission resources. Questions we ask: What is the percentage of evangelical Christians in this people group (or in this country)? How much access do the local people have to the gospel, Bible, church, etc.?
Opportunities for direct involvement and investment- We desire to provide “hands on” opportunities for our church body to serve our supported ministries. Therefore, we will seek to partner with ministries we can be directly involved in through mutually beneficial short-term mission trips and service opportunities. Questions we ask: What opportunities and needs for direct involvement does this ministry have available for our church body that would be mutually beneficial?
Boots on the Ground- There are a wide variety of methods by which God’s people can be involved in the Great Commission. However, following the incarnational model of Jesus Christ, we believe the most effective missionaries will live with and among the target people whenever possible. In this manner the missionary can better understand and love the people as they communicate the gospel (1 Thess 2:8). Questions we ask: Does the missionary live with and among his target people? If no, why not? Is there a longer-term strategy to place a missionary among the target people?
Relationship to Christ Community– We believe that our missions commitments are an extension of our own church ministry so we will give priority to supporting people who have a direct relationship to Christ Community. Questions we ask: How direct is the relationship between this person/ministry and the ministry of Christ Community Church?