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Missions / Outreach

Our Vision for Mission to the World

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. 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).
  7. 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).
  8. 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).
  9. 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).
  10. 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:

Bay Area Rescue Mission – Since 1965, this Richmond-based organization has provided spiritual and physical help to those in need, emergency basic needs of food and a clean, safe place to sleep. It also offers discipleship programs, including drug and alcohol rehabilitation, Bible studies, job skills training, and mobile outreach with food, clothing, and furniture. Led by John and Debra Anderson, BARM reaches much of the Bay Area.  www.BayAreaRescue.org

El Puente Ministries – This multi-ethnic school ministry is centered in the Monument Neighborhood of Concord, founded and directed by Pat and Donna Noonan. It offers opportunities to meet Christ and grow spiritually to middle and high school students in the area.  www.Ripeforharvest.org

Homeless Shelters – Volunteers from FPCC prepare and serve meals to two local homeless shelters, the Singles Shelter in Concord and the Diablo View Family Shelter in Martinez on a regular basis.

Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County – FPCC supports 3 missions sponsored by this organization of faith groups in the county:

  • Interfaith Housing of Contra Costa County– Starting with Garden Park Apartments in Concord, Interfaith Housing supports homeless families by providing transitional or temporary housing, counseling and help with finding jobs for the parents, school help for their children and community building. In the last few years, the program has been extended to several other facilities in the county.  www.ccinterfaithhousing.org
  • Charles Tinsley– As chaplain to the youth detention facilities in Contra Costa County for more than 20 years, he has guided and counseled young people at these facilities, bringing many to Christ, helping them to separate themselves from gang culture, urging them to complete their education, and supporting many to attend college.
  • Winter Nights Shelter — Temporary housing has been provided for 13 years for homeless families with children at various faith communities from October through May. The faith communities provide meals and a two-week “camping” experience at their facility. Volunteers work with Shelter-provided staff to assist in tutoring the children and help the families find housing and jobs, as needed.   www.cccwinternights.org

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship — Julie Hamiter, Diablo Valley College campus staff, has the privilege of seeing the power of God transform lives of international students. They practice their new faith by sharing Christ with friends, being light in their workplaces, leading Bible studies and serving in the church.  https://intervarsity.org/

Monument Crisis Center — Located in Concord, MCC provides food, training and support to thousands of low income people each month, connecting them, as needed, through a recently developed referral network to other sources of help in Contra Costa County.  www.monumentcrisiscenter.org

SHARE — This local organization in Concord was started as a way for local churches to band together to provide food for those in need. Many churches support SHARE and provide volunteers, food, and financial assistance.  www.sharepantry.org

YoungLives – This group works with a school district program for pregnant teens to mentor them in raising their children, completing their education, and caring for themselves and their families, as well as learning about Jesus.  www.younglife.org/YoungLives

Latin America:

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. Contributions help to train new sign language interpreters, open vocational workshops for the young deaf and teachers,  integrate deaf students into the hearing society, as well as providing education to young students.

Asia/Pacific:

Helen Rose School of Nursing — Based at the Umri Christian Hospital in Umri, India, HRSN recruits young women from poor family situations, trains them to become midwife/nurses and introduces them to Christ.  The goal is to raise them to professional status, so that they can support themselves.  www.uchospital.in

Witnessing Ministry of Christ (India) – This valuable ministry is working to develop and empower a self-supporting, mission-capable church among the Dalit people (Untouchables). The goal is that the Dalits realize that they can have respect and dignity in Jesus Christ and also, through education, become confident in their ability to reach dreams.  www.witnessingministries.com

Wycliffe Associates (Papua New Guinea) – Steve and Kathryn Christensen – Steve makes at least twice a year trips to PNG working to complete New Testaments with native translators for two of its heart languages. He also works at home on Translator’s Notes, a tool to assist translation of difficult passages of the Bible.   www.wycliffe.org

Africa:

Wycliffe Associates (Cameroon) – Darla and Nathanael Gregoriev – Recordings being produced of the LUKE and JESUS films in Cameroon’s native languages are distributed so that people are becoming followers of Christ.   www.wycliffe.org

Raise the Roof Academy (Uganda) — This school was established in 2009 to provide education and exposure to Jesus in a rural area of Uganda.  From a small start, they have grown to serve more than 600 students.  Sponsorships to support individual students supplement what families can afford. The first class of students is preparing for national tests to allow them to continue their education.  www.raisetheroofacademy.org

Eastern Europe/Middle East/Northern Africa:

GlobalGrace Fellowship (Slovakia) – Living in eastern Slovakia, Bill and Nona Baker are participating with Roma people (Gypsies) in fellowship, worship, and Bible Studies.  Bill helps the men with their relationships with the community, family and church.   www.globalgrace.org/

In His Steps  – Christy Reiners (Palestine) – In His Steps develops partnerships between American churches, Middle East indigenous churches and interfaith partners in order to have a common commitment to peacemaking and reconciliation.  All three groups work together to provide grassroots medical support to reduce the high percentage of Stage III and IV breast cancer by providing local medical training and equipment.  www.ihsholyland.org

Avant Ministries (Málaga Media Center, Spain) — T & K (names are not given in order to protect them) help create mobile apps, YouTube, chat rooms, internet sites, and satellite TV media in Arabic to spread the gospel and grow the Church. The satellite signal reaches Northern Africa and goes as far as Mauritania and Palestine. MMC uses short testimonies, devotionals, prayers, poetry, Bible readings, drama and music that are uploaded onto YouTube and allow God’s message to be shared, thus empowering national believers to reach their own country for Christ.  www.avantministries.org

Global:

Frontiers, USA — This Christian ministry reaches out to Muslims worldwide, preparing volunteers to live in Muslim areas.  Frontiers sends them to places in the world that are not pushpins on anyone’s missionary maps. They go to the farthest, final places and peoples in the Muslim world.  www.frontiersusa.org

Frontier Fellowship – Tara Chase – Frontier Fellowship’s purpose is to further the spread of the indigenous Church in those cultural groups which have no established Christian presence. Current goals are to inspire every U.S. church to choose a people group, make a long-term commitment to them, and assist Frontier projects worldwide.    www.frontierfellowship.com

Medical Benevolence Foundation – 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.   www.Mbfoundation.org

She is Safe – The goal of this organization is to protect, rescue and restore women and girls from abuse and exploitation in high risk places around the world, equipping them to build a life of freedom, faith and a strong future.  Working with local women and churches in the communities, She is Safe changes lives in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia, South Sudan and Northern Africa.   www.SheIsSafe.org