Taking the message of Christ to our neighbors and to the world.
We are involved in Missions because Jesus Christ left His followers with a command before He ascended back into Heaven (aka "the Great Commission"). At RCC we believe it is a command the Church is to obey even today:
Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
(Matthew 28:19, 20 NIV)
BUT... we would miss the heart of missions if we simply left it as just a "duty" to be fulfilled. Worship of God fuels Missions and therefore Missions is an expression of Worship. The overflow of our worship is a desire to share God's glory with others and, thus, we naturally become missional! THAT causes us to be excited to join God in what He is doing in our backyards, our nation and throughout the world!
The role of the Missions Ministry at RCC is to:
Create Missions awareness
Promote Missions involvement
Build our Missions partnerships (through regular communication, prayer, & short-term trips on location)
I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.
These are the areas that we are involved in with Missions based on Acts 1:8:
"... you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
1) Backyard Missions - in Rochester & Springfield communities and surrounding area
2) National Missions - throughout the United States
3) International Missions - throughout the World
4) Short-term Mission Trip Opportunities
5) James 1:27 - caring for orphans and widows