Missions / Outreach
Our Vision for Mission to the World
We intend to be a faithful church, persevering in our obedience to Jesus Christ’s great commission to make disciples of all “people groups” within all nations (Matthew 28:19).
We intend to be a persuasive church, proclaiming Jesus as our only Savior and Lord and inviting people to accept God’s gift of eternal salvation found only in Him (Romans 1:16, Acts 4:12).
We intend to be a compassionate church, extending the unique, loving care of Jesus Christ to those in physical and emotional need in and beyond our own culture (Matthew 25:34-40).
We intend to be a loving church, drawing all believers into the warmth of fellowship and community, with Christ at the center of our life together (Hebrews 10:24-25, I John 1:3).
We intend to be a praying church, informed and growing in our knowledge and understanding of world need and the work of Christ to meet it (Ephesians 6:18-19).
We intend to be an equipping church, preparing Christians for effective ministry in the world and sending them into the world for personal, active Christian service (Ephesians 4:11-12).
We intend to be an investing church, supporting strategic people and projects that maximize our mission impact in the world (Matthew 25:14-21, 2 Timothy 2:2).
We intend to be a generous church, responding to real needs in financially significant ways that can make a difference in mission outcome (2 Corinthians 9:5-6. 1 Timothy 6:18-19).
We intend to be a cooperative church, working in partnership with San Francisco Presbytery, the PC(USA) and other mission-sending agencies to minister in Christ’s name (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
We intend to be an honest church, demonstrating integrity in the resources we deploy and upholding high standards of financial and ethical accountability (Titus 2:7, 1 Peter 5:2).
FPCC helps provide support to the following organizations in order to reach out to our community and to the rest of the world:
San Francisco Bay Area:
Young Life – An international Christian youth organization whose primary focus is to reach out to young people who are not part of a local church. Young Life in the Diablo Valley has Young Life Clubs at several high schools and middle schools, but our primary focus is in Concord.
Contra Costa Interfaith Council – The Interfaith Council provides Chaplains at the various youth detention facilities in Contra Costa County. We contribute towards this valuable service.
Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana in Oakland / Premere Iglesia Concord Ministry – This small, but growing Spanish-speaking congregation in Oakland is reaching out to it’s neighbors. We are pleased with the opportunity to share with them.
Bay Area Rescue Mission – This rescue mission has been in operation for many years in the Richmond area and now their outreach encompasses much of the Bay Area under the leadership of Directors John and Debra Anderson. They provide many services, like providing a hot meal for the homeless and poor, providing drug and alcohol rehabilitation for men, and transitional housing for families and women with children. They reach out to their community in a variety of ways and have recently developed an extensive ministry with children who live in the area.
SHARE – This local organization in Concord, was started as a way for local churches to band together to provide food for those who need it. Many churches are supporting Share and we help provide volunteers, food, and financial assistance. One of our members serves on the Board of Directors.
Interfaith Housing of Contra Costa County – We have joined with other churches in the area who believe in supporting those who are homeless and find themselves in need of transitional or temporary housing. Garden Park Apartments is the result of their efforts. See web page at http://ccinterfaithhousing.org.
Homeless Shelter – Several times a year, a team prepares and serves a meal to the local homeless shelter.
Other United States:
Larry and Linda Snydal – Wycliffe (Brazil) – Larry and Linda work with Wycliffe to see the Bible translated into the languages of the native people of South America. Our contributions will help them to continue recording of videos in native languages and training of the Brazilians.
Ministerio Cristiano Internacional para Sordos ( International Christian Ministry for the Deaf)(El Salvador) – This school works to take God’s love to deaf people in El Salvador, Central America, and the world. Our contributions help to train new sign language interpreters, open vocational workshops for the young deaf, and integrate deaf students into the hearing society.
Witnessing Ministry of Christ (India) – This valuable ministry is working to develop and empower a self-supporting, mission-capable church amont the Dalit people (Untouchables). Our prayers are for the Dalits realization of their own ability, respect and dignity in Jesus Christ.
Steve and Kathryn Christensen – Wycliffe (Papua New Guinea) – We have provided support to Steve and Kathryn for several years as they work to record and translate the Bible into the heart language of one of the people groups in PNG. They are currently working to edit translator’s notes on Matthew and to develop a Bible translation tool.
Village Enterprise Fund (Kenya) – This is an organization whose goal is to provide funds and training for people in developing countries who want to start a small business. Currently, their focus is East Africa. They provide small grants to people who have developed a business plan and intend to use the business to care for their family. Their goal is to establish 6,000 new businesses within the next four years.
ACTION International Ministries (Uganda) – The goal of ACTION is to provide housing, food, and hope to orphans, night commuters and child-mothers in a war-torn country, and equip Christian leaders through biblical studies.
Medical Benevolence Foundation (Africa/Global) – As an arm of PC/USA, MBF supports medical missions and recruits health care providers for missionary services around the world. They mobilize churches in the United States to equip indigenous churches in many countries with skills and resources for medical ministry.
Eastern Europe/Middle East/Northern Africa: