Grace Community Church exists to glorify God by making disciples of all peoples with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.
In other words, EVERYTHING WE SAY AND DO ultimately comes down to seeing the fame of Jesus spread among all peoples both locally and globally. Therefore we are seeking to help every Christ-follower that is a member of Grace Community Church to join Jesus on His mission of disciple-making in their communities as well as engage in some way with God's heart for all the nations. We love our city and communities and the peoples on the other side of the globe. We want our heart to beat in rhythm with God's heart when it comes to all the peoples of the earth. We would love to tell you about all the ways we are seeking to partner with other believers in fullfilling the mission that Jesus gave us. Feel free to contact us at the church office (410-817-9200) for more detailed information on what we are doing both locally and globally in making disciples of all peoples.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”— Matthew 24:14
The phrase 'of all nations' is found throughout Scripture, but what does it actually mean? When Scripture speaks of nations, is it referring to the modern day nations-states that appear on our geo-political maps of the world? The New Testament Greek phrase is "panta ta ethne". The word ethne is very similar to our English word ethnic. So, another way to say this is that the gospel will be preached to all the ethnic peoples or people groups of the world. Ultimately, we see this Biblical reality fulfilled in Revelation 7:9-10. As we take a look at the current status of this task we see that all people are equally lost without Jesus, but all people do not have equal access to the message of saving faith through Jesus.
What is a People Group?
- A people group is the largest group through which the Gospel can flow without encountering significant barriers of understanding and acceptance.
- There are approximately 11,690 people groups worldwide.
What is an Unreached People Group (UPG)?
- An unreached people group is a people group in which less than 2% of the population is Evangelical Christians. Globally there are approximately 6,400 UPGs.
- In a "Reached" Context (where there at least some presence of the church) the primary concern for Grace Community Church is to strengthen the existing church.
- The primary means to achieve this goal is by sending Short-Term mission teams to serve the church.
- We primarily serve with Field Partners to strengthen the Long-Term disciple-making work of the church so the gospel can go forward, disciples can be formed, and the church can continue to multiply in that community and to all nations.
What is an Unreached, Unengaged People Group (UUPG)?
- Unengaged unreached people groups have no coordinated evangelical Christian missionary presence among them. Unengaged unreached people groups have never heard the Gospel, or they may have been exposed to the Gospel in the past, but have been forgotten.
- There are approximately 5,845 UUPG’s worldwide
- In an “Unreached” Context (where there is no existing church) the primary concern for Grace Community Church is to establish the church.
- The primary means to achieve this goal is by sending Long-Term church planting teams to serve the church.
- We prioritize serving with Field Partners and sending Mid-Term and Long-Term workers to “unreached” contexts. We want people to go plant their lives among the nations so the gospel can be heard, disciples can be made, and healthy, multiplying churches can be established.
In light of this awesome task & privilege we are seeking to inspire & equip all Christ-followers to:
- PRAY Who are we praying for as a church? What specifically are we asking God to do? How are we specifically praying as church body?
- LEARN What are we as a church learning about God’s missionary heart for all the peoples of the earth both locally & globally? What does it mean that God is a missionary God? What do we mean by “missions”? What are people groups? What is our role in missions as individuals and as a church body? Who are our missionaries? How are we as a church house learning about God’s missionary heart for all the peoples of the earth both locally & globally? How are we stirring and equipping men and women in our church to go to the nations (short-term, mid-term, long-term)? What resources are we providing? How are we promoting these resources? What contexts can we create? (conferences, prayer nights, community groups, etc)
- GIVE What are we as church financially giving to missions both locally & globally? What are we giving to? Who are supporting? How much are we giving locally and globally? •How much are we giving specifically to unreached peoples? How can our people give? When can they give?
- GO What are we doing locally? What are we doing globally? What are we doing to pursue and develop partnerships? How are stirring and equipping people to go on short term, mid term & long term missions? Who from our church is going? How are we living on mission right where God has us as a church?