Because we exist to glorify God and to proclaim His greatness to all people, we pray for, encourage, promote and fund global efforts to fulfill the Great Commission.
We accomplish this through evangelistic and disciple-making initiatives including:
- Annual Missions Benefit Auction
In 1998, Countryside hosted its first Missions Benefit Auction. We were able to send support to five various missions groups. Since then, the number of missionaries/agencies we’ve been able to support has tripled. God has been so faithful and has enabled us over the years to raise more than $425,000, with every cent going directly to the missionaries.
- Shoes for Missionaries and Gospel Ministry Workers
Scripture (Ephesians 6:15) speaks of having our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Therefore we seek to dress up the feet of those who give their lives to proclaiming the Gospel. Each year we provide shoes for missionaries, pastors and their families and other gospel workers that are in need.
- Gospel-centered Outreaches
Understanding that not everyone is called to become full-time vocational missionaries, our church seeks to empower and equip those serving as such with help. Therefore we organize and send support teams (local, regional, national & international) on various short-term trips in order to encourage the missionaries on the front lines, help meet their physical needs and to share in the joy of proclaiming the Greatness of God to all people!
Throughout the year, but primarily during the holiday season, we seek to bless families from our community who are in need. This is a church-wide effort and a fun way for our families to experience the joy of giving! As God gave us the “gift” of His Son, we are honored to be able to “give” to others.
The scope of our global outreach includes all people, both domestic and foreign, who have not yet heard or responded positively by faith to the Good News of Jesus Christ and those who have responded positively to the Gospel by having received the gift of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and are in need of growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe the primary imperative of the Great Commission and thereby the primary emphasis of our Global Outreach ministry is to “make disciples.” We strive to obey the command of our Lord Jesus by making “students” or making “learners.”
Making disciples means more than simply making converts. It communicates the idea of believers who are continually learning how to grow in their faith and love for the Lord. Therefore it will be our top priority to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unlearned so that by God’s grace through faith that individual might respond positively to the gospel – followed by baptism and a lifetime of increasing spiritual growth and holiness.