Missions

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” -1 Peter 4:10

We joyfully engage the Great Commission given us in Mathew 28. It is critical in our understanding of our corporate and individual identity. Carrying the message of the Gospel and the practical love of Jesus to our community and to the world is a privilege. We view missions corporately as an action of the church body. It is the church that sends out missionaries and these missionaries are an extension and representation of the whole body. As each part of the body has a different role to play, each of us has a role in missions.

We primarily organize our mission sending through Life Groups. Each Life group supports a local and an international mission through prayer, practical planning, encouragement, and fundraising. We endeavor to hear the Lord as he calls us “to go” through the hearts of individuals and then prayerfully consider how the body can support and fulfill the calling.

Local Missions

“But seek the welfare of city where I have sent you into exile, and pry to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” -Jeremiah 29:7

We pursue support of existing local missions and the creation of new missions as we feel the Lord lead us. Our desire in local missions is to partner with those we are equipped to help in a significant way. Missions are created at LBC as the Lord leads us to new works due to the leading of an individual who feels God’s call. This call is prayed over and evaluated by leadership and moves forward as the Lord gathers others to the same vision. Our desire in all local missions is to create opportunities for relationships to build where we can most effectively display and pronounce the Gospel.

International Missions

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” -Romans10:14-15

Jesus has commissioned His church to make disciples of all nations. We want to cultivate a missional culture in our body: one that prays, gives and goes out on international missions. Our desire is to support and build up churches throughout the world who proclaim the gospel through word and deed.

Quito, Ecuador – Scott and Brandy Murphy
Scott and Brandy and their children Madeleine and Patrick have been working with the Esmeraldas and Roca Fuerte communities since 2013. They have seen incredible change in the community over the years and we are devoted to pouring our hearts into these communities by establishing long-term, local ministry assistance and funding new programs as the Lord leads!
http://www.leadbyserving.org/

Ethnos 360 – Papua New Guinea – Jotham and Maria Van Der Decker
Jotham and Maria and their children Rahab, Ellie and Chloe, after several years of training and fundraising, will be deployed soon to serve the People of Papua New Guinea.
https://ethnos360.org/missionaries/jotham-and-maria-van-der-decker