our mission

Find the lost, release the captive and develop disciples of jesus

Matthew 25: 35-40


"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."


“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?"


“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

outreach dream team

kim jones

Consider these words from Robert Lupton's book:


“Giving to those in need what they could be gaining from their own initiative may well be the kindest way to destroy people.” (p4)


"If we are serious about significant impact, the missions we invest in must produce measurable results. And to achieve measurable change in the lives of the poor and the communities they inhabit, focused, not diversified, investment is required....Spreading investments thinly will yield only surface results, and temporary ones at that." (p76)

prayer walking

As our community of faith is spread out among so many different towns around Washington County, the question becomes “Where do we begin?” In order to answer this question, we are going to God in prayer by prayer walking (or driving) as much of Washington County as we can. Asking God to give us His eyes to see the neighborhoods around us, to see His people, and to see the needs. Spending time listening for direction on where to begin and how. If you would like to participate in this prayer walking/driving, just print off any of the maps below, highlight the streets you have prayer walked, record your insights, and return to Kim Jones as soon as possible. We will add your prayer walks to a large master map located near the coffee area that shows the congregation where we have been praying.

about prayer walking

WALK

  • Walk or drive around your area.
  • Take notice of what you see.
  • Ask God to give you His eyes to see your community the way He does.
  • Look for areas of need - materially, emotionally, spiritually.

PRAY

  • Pray for businesses, schools (teachers, students, administration), government leaders, neighborhoods, people you see, people your don't see.
  • Pray for blessings on each home - health, work, emotions, social life and spiritual life.
  • Pray for harmony and unity.
  • Pray that God might use you to find the lost, release the captive and develop disciples.

BE STILL AND LISTEN

  • Hear what God is saying to you.
  • Is there a way for you individually or us as a church to begin to build relationships with those you are praying for?

about the outreach dream team

  • things to think and pray about.....

    • What is our church passionate about? What do we regularly rally around?
    • Are there specific professions/skills that are heavily represented in our body that might indicate an inroad to ministry?
    • What is happening in our neighborhood or city that needs to be addressed?
  • compassionate service

    from Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton

    • Never do for the poor what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves.
    • Limit one-way giving to emergency situations.
    • Strive to empower the poor through employment, lending, and investing, using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements.
    • Subordinate self-interests to the needs of those being served.
    • Listen closely to those you seek to help, especially to what is not being said—unspoken feelings may contain essential clues to effective service.
    • Above all, do no harm.

  • team member Resources


recommended reading

  • toxic charity

    by Robert LUpton

    Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve. Toxic Charity shows us how to start serving needy and impoverished members of our communities in a way that will lead to lasting, real-world change.


    Cliff Notes