Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculórum. Amen.
Pointing to Christ by humbly serving others worldwide
God is a missionary God. The Lord declares throughout Scripture that his passion is for all the nations to praise him. The great goal of God is his glory. To achieve that goal he must disciple the nations. The Father must call his chosen ones from throughout all the nations (1 Peter 1:1-2). Christ must purchase men from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation (Revelation 5.9). That is why he is a missionary God. Mission is the means to bring many to glorify God. In the words of John Piper: Missions exist because Worship doesn't.
In our culture it is easy to have a fragmented view of missions: individual people sharing the gospel with other individual people so that they may become worshipers of God. As we think about Christ and his bride, the universal church, we get a much more complete view of missions. The universal church-all believers in union with Christ, from all nations, throughout all time-is both the end and the means of missions! Missions is the church extending its breadth and depth through the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a local church, RMCC is engaged in missions locally, regionally, and globally as an integral part of the larger, universal church.
What Kind of Missions?
Several years ago, RMCC started on a path to be a church that is fully engaged in the work of missions. An RMCC Missions Committee was formed and given the task of developing and implementing missions strategies. RMCC's missions strategies can be summarized as follows:
RMCC is a resource church. These strategies define where we as a local church want to focus our missions' resources of people, time, and money. They keep us focused, purposeful, and effective in our missions work.
Over the years as we have sought to faithfully pursue these strategies, God has directed our paths to be engaged with missions in particular geographic areas and with particular partners. These focus areas are summarized as follows: