The vision of the International Missions ministry at CCK is to:
Expand the global vision of our church and support gospel-centered international churches and church planting ministries in proclaiming the gospel to every tongue, tribe, and nation.
Our passion for international missions is rooted in the empowering grace of God that both calls and enables us to action. We believe that God has called every church to be involved locally, regionally, and globally. In God’s grace, we believe that achieving our vision requires:
- Praying for the growth of the church globally;
- Participating in mission projects as God provides opportunities; and,
- Partnering with international churches to care and support their individual ministries.
Prayer is essential for both the specific mission efforts of CCK and the global work of reaching every nation with the Gospel.
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest (Matthew 9:36-38).”
In light of Jesus’ encouragement, we want to pray earnestly that God would use our church to send out workers into the harvest. Monthly mission prayer meetings are being held to facilitate prayer for missions and to educate the church on how to pray for international missions.
As a church we have specific opportunities to participate in the growth of the local church internationally. These efforts include short term mission trips, encouraging the work of individuals in the church involved in mission efforts, counseling and sending out missionaries as God calls, and direct partnerships with international churches.
A primary desire of our church is to partner with international churches and ministries as God opens up opportunities. We continue to seek discernment about where God is leading us to partner. Current and recent partnerships include:
- Lord’s Grace Church, Seoul, South Korea
- Rancho 3M, Juarez, Mexico
- Feeding the Orphans, Ghana, Africa
- Sopot Baptist Church, Sopot, Poland
- proDEO Church, Craiova, Romania
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Lord’s Grace Church was planted in 2009 and is working to build a solid gospel-centered church with a focus on building strong families and reaching out to young people in the city. CCK hopes to support the growth of the church through prayer, financial support, pastoral care, ministry development, outreach to the community, and future church planting.
Rancho 3M is a Christian orphanage and school dedicated to helping children catch a vision for the glory of God and equipping them to live obedient to Him. In addition to providing supplies and other means of support, mission teams from CCK will continue to visit the orphanage to help with building projects and to care for the children and leaders serving there.
Feeding the Orphans (FTO) has been working in Ghana for several years and has developed close relationships with local organizations that are both church planting and caring for orphans. CCK is working with FTO to provide construction support, church care, and evangelistic outreach.
Sopot Baptist Church is a small fellowship of believers in Sopot, Poland. CCK has helped the Sopot church with evangelistic English camps for children and teens, church care, and a regional orphan care ministry.
proDEO Church is located in Craiova, Romania. CCK has supported proDEO in evangelistic English camps for college students and church development/church care.
Dubai: Students involved with Volunteers for Christ (CCK's campus ministry) have a wonderful opportunity to study abroad while also participating in the mission of the church. With the University of Tennessee's study abroad program, students can study in Dubai while also being equipped by participating with a local ministry we have a relationship with.
The Harvest is Plentiful… There and Here
Through praying, participating in mission efforts, and partnering with international churches, the International Missions Team desires to expand the global vision of our church and at the same time stir our member’s passion to serve locally. Our belief is that as we become more involved with the global work of God’s kingdom that our local church will be increasingly inspired to boldly proclaim His gospel in our community.
“The harvest here is indeed great, and the laborers are few and imperfectly fitted, without much grace, for such a work. And yet grace can make a few feeble instruments the means of accomplishing great things - things greater even than we can conceive.” - Hudson Taylor
For more information on the International Missions Team, please contact Chris Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org).