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Missions and Evangelism...the land of opportunity

Hey Keith, what ministry opportunities are available in Missions and Evangelism?

I’m so glad you asked.

There are many volunteers who serve in a number of ways. One of these ways is serving on one of our outreach ministry teams, which include Missions Leadership Team, Evangelism Leadership Team, Connections Team and the Marketing Team.

We also have teams that serve and support most of our Local Missions partnerships including Hill Country Community Ministries, Baptist Children’s Home, Austin Disaster Relief Network, Canyon Creek Preschool, Impact Austin (outreach to homeless), Young Life, Gideons and the Foreign Exchange Student ministry. And we have Global Missions teams for Thailand, China, Progreso and Church Builders, and Support Teams for two of these partnerships.

A ministry everyone can be a part of is Unceasing Prayer. Our church is one of over 40 churches that participate in this prayer initiative to reach Austin for Christ. Our church prays for Austin 24 hours nonstop the first Thursday of each month. Won’t you take a 30-minute prayer slot? God is transforming Austin through prayer!

You can serve on a short-term mission trip. We have seven trips this year including Thailand (2), Taiwan, China, Progreso (2) and Church Builders. God wants all of us to see His vision for His church and for the nations, and going on one of these trips is a great way to experience what He is doing outside of our context.

We are seeing more and more opportunities with our benevolence ministry that serves those outside of our church. These are folks that either call or walk in to our church needing assistance. We are seeing new ways to connect these individuals and families to Jesus Christ, to this church body, and to resources outside of our church.

Another exciting ministry, which was birthed out of the Evangelism Task Force last year, was the need for a class on Sunday mornings geared for visitors. So we created The Bridge class under the Guest Connections ministry. This class provides a way for us to get to know our visitors as they check out our church.

There are many other ways to get involved. We need people from our congregation who are willing to disciple some of our visitors and walk-ins on a one-on-one basis. We have the curriculum. All you have to do is meet with them once per week, get to know them, and go through the curriculum with them - which helps them learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
We also need volunteers who can come alongside people outside of our church in a number of ways – from helping them move, to giving them rides, to providing for some of their basic needs, to a number of other things.

And we could also benefit from having some couples who want to interface with couples and families who visit our church. This would entail taking visitors to lunch, or inviting them to your home for lunch or dinner.

And last, but not least, we need teams of volunteers to follow up with those who make decisions for Christ, or to grow spiritually, at outreach events such as our Easter service, the upcoming outreach concert our church is sponsoring on Jan. 29, and at other events.

So if you are on the sidelines, and you want to get in the game, give me a call (331-7340) or shoot me an email (keith@tcacc.net). There is nothing more exciting than being used by Jesus Christ to transform lives!


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