Missions at Refuge Christian Fellowship
Missions is a continued propagation of the upward call by Jesus to reach Jerusalem, Samaria, and Uttermost Parts of The Earth (UPTE). Refuge Christian Fellowship regards any endeavor to evangelize the unsaved, disciple followers of Jesus, or minister to those in need in the name of Jesus to be in fulfillment of the Commission given by Jesus.
Refuge Christian Fellowship Missions
Click on any of the links in this list to learn more about this specific ministry
Uttermost Parts of The Earth (UPTE) MISSIONS:
Refuge's Missions Focus
The focus that Refuge has taken in regards to Missions is Discipleship in the context of the Church. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:6-8, 1Tim. 3:15, Titus 1:5) This is in order to be most effective with the resources the Lord has given.
The four major areas of focus in regards to missions are as follows:
Supplication (Matt. 9:36-38, Eph 6:19-20, Col. 4:3-4, 2 Thes. 3:2, Rom. 15:31)
Sending (Acts 13:1-4, Acts 15:40)
Supervision (Acts 14:26-28, 1 Tim. 3:15; 5:15, Heb. 13:17)
Support (3 John 5-8)
Local Missions include endeavors local to Refuge to evangelize, make disciples, and minister to those in need in the name of Jesus in our own community.
Uttermost Parts of The Earth (UPTE) Missions include endeavors outside our local community to evangelize, make disciples, and minister to those in need in the name of Jesus. This often includes ministry in other cultures and languages.
Different Mission Types
For Refuge to send into ministry and dedicate resources to an endeavor a mission trip or project, the mission or project must fall under one of the following three types of mission endeavor:
Paul Ministry - Planting; building on no man’s foundation. (Romans 15:20, 1 Corinthians 3:6)
This would include delivery of the Gospel to a place where there is no presence of a church. The primary focus would be preaching and sharing the Gospel and establishing a church with independent leadership in keeping with the church planing models found in the Book of Acts.
Timothy Ministry - Equipping. The continued equipping of the church and establishing leaders. (1 Thes. 3:2)
This would include any ministry in cooperation with a local church for the equipping of the saints or continued evangelism and establishing strong church leadership.
Tychicus Ministry - Encouragement and coming along-side. (Col. 4:7-9)
This would include ministry to those who are in service of Jesus including encouragement, work projects, or assistance in the progression of the Gospel.The focus that Refuge has taken in regards to Missions is Discipleship in the context of the Church. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:6-8, 1Tim. 3:15, Titus 1:5) We believe the role of the Sending Church is fourfold: Supplication, Sending, Supervision, and Support.
Anyone saved by grace in the Household of God can be a missionary as all believers are called to make disciples as they are going about life.
Read our Missions Stance for a more detailed explanation on Missions at Refuge and how they are managed.
Refuge maintains a general Missions Fund drawn from the General Fund, so giving to Refuge means giving to Missions. In addition, Refuge accepts funds specifically for Missions and particular Missions projects and endeavors. Refuge may also engage in efforts to raise funds for missions efforts.
Our Missions Fund is set up to enable anyone to intend or designate funds for a particular Missions Project. However, offerings and gifts given to a project may be redirected to another Missions Project.
Most instances of this will be in response to an over-funding of a project. If a Project meets its monetary necessities and still has funds left over, those funds will be redirected to another Missions Project.
While the contribution policy at Refuge Christian Fellowship allows for the leadership at Refuge to use any given funds as needed, it is the desire and intention of the elders at Refuge to use Missions Funds in fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, whether in a Local or Utter-Most-Parts-of-The-Earth (UPTE) sense.
To God be the Glory, Forever! Amen.