At RFC, "using our gifts to make earth more like Heaven" describes our missions philosophy perfectly. In a broken world, bringing shalom -- the Hebrew word for wholeness, peace -- is the essencen of our mission.
WE FOCUS ON PEACE
Our focus on missions is on combating 5 “global giants”: spiritual darkness, corrupt leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic disease and lack of basic health/needs, and illiteracy. To fight and combat these five areas, we organize our missions around The PEACE PLAN:
JESUS IS OUR MODEL
Missions is a priority at RFC because it was a priority for Jesus and He commanded and empowered us to be his missionaries (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:16-20). We believe that missions flows from our life together as a community and is based on joyful giving to the work of God in our world.
THE MACEDONIAN CHURCH IS OUR INSPIRATION (Acts 8:1-5)
Our commitment and generosity towards missions comes from our joyful hearts.
We engage missions as a community, fostering trust and relationships together “as we go”. We believe that missions is part of our discipleship and what it means to follow Jesus and grow closer to God.
WE VALUE THE LOCAL CHURCH
We prioritize the local church in the work of missions.
WE VALUE BOTH LOCAL & GLOBAL MISSIONS
We strive to balance missions locally, regionally & globally.
WE VALUE PARTNERSHIPS
We value long-term partnerships in missions over and above short-term or one-time projects. In addition to Strategic Missions Partner Agencies, we strive to partner with other churches, NGO’s, businesses, and faith communities in our missions work. We partner with groups that meet the following criteria: followers of Jesus who share our commitment to our common purpose as well as our values of inclusivity, progressive Christianity and egalitarianism.
WE VALUE RESPONSIVENESS
We want to meet real needs in real time and therefore will continue to support, in addition to our strategic missions partners, disaster relief, one-time projects, and special offerings to address specific issues and causes.
WE VALUE LIFE-CHANGE
Our metric for evaluating the success of missions is “transformed lives”.
WE VALUE SUSTAINABLE CHANGE & EMPOWERMENT
Rather than focus on giving direct aid, we strive to empower and equip communities to become sustainable and developed in their cultural context.