After Stefan and Sousan became Christians in Iran, they fled to Germany and asked for asylum. There, they lived in a refugee facility and met many people who were Christians, too! Stefan and Sousan started a Bible study that quickly grew into a church plant. That's why Resonate missionaries Mary Buteyn and David Kromminga disciple Stefan and Sousan—so they can effectively disciple the members of their growing congregation.
An increasing number of diverse, locally rooted, and globally connected congregations and ministries bearing faithful witness to Christ’s reign and actively making disciples who live in the way of Jesus.
"They are not waiting for the pastor to tell them what they have to do," said Rev. Karlos Palacios, pastor of Iglesia Cristiana Reformada Comunidad de Fe Poinciana, a Resonate church plant in Florida. As a bivocational pastor, he has learned to empower the leaders in his congregation.
When Craig and Jeanine Broek moved to Denver, Colorado, they quickly discovered that even though there were a lot of church buildings in their neighborhood, people were not really "into churches." With help from Resonate Global Mission, they started The Table—a ministry that serves Denver’s Platte Park neighborhood with gardens, dinners, Bible studies, and worship gatherings. The Table quickly became a safe place for people to explore Christianity.
"Neighbourhood Life is about helping followers of Jesus learn again how to love their actual neighbors, those who live next door and join God in his work, on his mission in the neighborhood to transform lives and communities," said Karen Wilk, Resonate Global Mission local mission leader for Western Canada. Here's a glimpse of how Neighbourhood Life strives to be the church in their community—every day of the week.
Just a few steps from Resonate Global Mission missionaries Larry and Pam Moeser’s house on Thailand’s island of Ko Yao Yai, a massive tree twists up from the ground. Its roots and branches creep outward and its dense canopy casts an ominous shadow on anyone who dares to approach it—everyone on the island believes a ghost lives in the tree.
When asked about Go Local, Kurt Staal describes it as “a journey, not a program.”
Go Local is a Resonate Global Mission initiative that helps church congregations join God at work in their communities. Church members learn about discerning God’s actions in their neighborhood by designing experiments, testing them out, and then reflecting on what they’ve done.
Looking at our congregations, we may wish that we could magically create a mission-shaped congregation with one event, one sermon, or one service-project.
The challenge is that most life change doesn’t happen overnight! Running a marathon, for example, takes months of training. Daily practice slowly shapes muscles and develops endurance until running 26.2 miles is possible. Becoming a mission-shaped congregation takes many small steps, all headed in the right direction.
We want to be like Jesus, sharing God’s goodness, grace, and love with others, but no ministry on earth compares to Jesus’ ability to minister with people who are hurting, broken, or lost. Jesus calmed storms, gave sight to people who were blind, and raised the dead. What can we do?
When children start school in Lake Worth, Fla., many are already academically behind. So, Sunlight Community Church of Lake Worth launched a preschool—and it’s having a surprising effect on the growth of their church.
Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church in Rehoboth, New Mexico, wants everyone in the church involved in mission. That’s why they formed a mission committee spanning three generations, from a high school sophomore to a former missionary now in her 90s.
Mae Kruis and her late husband, Rich, served as missionaries in Rehoboth and the surrounding area for many years. “Jesus commands us to go out and tell the gospel,” she said. “[Rich and I] both felt that way about it. We were very interested in bringing more people to the Lord.”