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!" (Romans 10:14-15)
[The current missions team members are Nik Lingle, John Luther, Adam Schainblatt, and Michele Suffridge]
Our love and enjoyment of Christ leads us to proclaim the gospel to the nations that they might know and enjoy him along with us. Because God has ordained the local church to be His primary mouthpiece to the nations (Ephesians 3:8-10), we seek to fullfill a threefold purpose in missions.
1. Plant indigenous-lead churches among the unreached people groups of the world.
2. Strengthen weakened churches among the reached people groups of the world.
3. Go and physically help both the reached and unreached people groups.
Understanding our responsibility to participate in the spreading of the kingdom, we presently target our missional support in five different directions. In each of these efforts we have been helped by the cautions and recommendations provided by Brian Fikkert and Stephen Corbett in their book When Helping Hurts.
We partner with Christ Our Hope Church as they are establishing a church in Clifton, NJ. Clifton is part of Metro New York City, which is the most populous and densely populated area in the U.S., where 65 percent of the residents are first or second generation immigrants. Imagine 22M people (one in 300 worldwide) living within 50 miles of Times Square. It is home to over 500 people groups speaking over 800 languages, with only 2.5 percent of the population claiming any connection to an evangelical church.
Christ Covenant Church began supporting the work of Hearts and Hands for Haiti in 2006. HHH's goal is to partner with Haitian ministry leaders by equipping and training them to share the gospel and disciple believers. In light of this, Christ Covenant's primary focus in Haiti has been to provide leadership training for the pastors and church leaders twice a year. We have also assisted with summer Bible camps, provided various Biblical teaching for youth and youth leaders, and participated in "hands-on" projects as needed. As a church we provide financial support for Stan and Patty Wiebe (members of CCC, director of HHH), and a number of our individual members also sponsor children and students in Haiti directly through HHH.
In 2009 a family that had been a part of our church for several years left for East Asia with the goal of planting a church among an unreached minority group within a major city. Christ Covenant provides the financial support for them to remain overseas as they study the language and share the gospel. Our desire is to send more gospel workers from our church to take part in this gospel endeavor.
Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary is in the heart of Jordan and the Middle East. They are uniquely positioned to send pastors, teachers, and other workers into countries that are difficult for Christians to enter. We have partnered with JETS by supporting them financially and by supporting numerous graduates who are now planting and pastoring churches in communities that are hostile towards Christianity.