Central Iowa Missions

MISSION FOCUS: GRANDVIEW CHURCH OF CHRIST

It has been stated that a congregation that has an active mission program has the potential to integrate greater member participation in many aspects of its service responsibilities. An organized mission’s program helps a congregation and its members respond to Jesus’ command in Mark 16:15- 16: “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

Grandview has been historically a “mission minded” congregation, beginning with the Cox family in the late 1970’s and into the 1980’s. Their work was in Kenya. We have also supported foreign works in the Fiji Islands [the Allan and Julia Wright family] and in Russia, and for a number of years our young people used their spring breaks to join other missionary efforts in Mexico. We worked for several years with brother Mike Richardson in his special mission work in central America.

In 1999, we initiated the currently established and functioning Central Iowa Missions program [CIM].

Over two years ago the elders agreed to center the mission focus on Iowa as Iowa is truly a mission field. The elders understand and recognize that it is not practical or feasible to attempt programming to the “State of Iowa,” but there is a potential to assist local and established congregations in Iowa and beyond on the basis of special requests, invitations or promotions.

I. The first element in this mission emphasis is the CIM. The purpose of the CIM is to support Grandview and local and established congregations in Central Iowa and beyond when special requests are received and approved by the elders.

Offer and teach classes on preaching, evangelism, and leadership as requested by local and established congregations seeking to develop leadership capabilities. In accordance with the basic objective, these classes may be offered to established congregations in states that border Iowa, subject to approval by the elders.

II. The second element is the potential to work with local and established congregations in some unique ways.

A. Encourage our experienced classrooms teachers to work with local and established congregations seeking to strengthen their Bible class programs. This concept does not presume in any way and manner that the Grandviewteachers have better knowledge and skills than found within other congregations, but they do have some years of successful program experience that might be beneficial to other congregations.

B. Encourage our members to work with local and established congregations in VBS programs, evangelistic efforts, or physical matters such as building repair and enhancements.

III. This mission Iowa focus could also become an outreach by the youth of the congregation to assist other congregations in VBS programs, and in door knocking for special events as well as working with other congregation in the design and implementation of so called “youth rallies” or other evangelistic events.

Additionally, there could be organized “work” or “community work” projects to assist members with special home projects or organized community work projects or assisting in other approved work projects.

The role of the director of the CIM program is as follows:

  1. Prepare, offer and teach classes on preaching, evangelism, and leadership for the men at Grandview and as requested teach these classes for other local and established congregations seeking to develop local leadership capabilities. In accordance with the basic objective, these classes may be offered to established congregations in states that border Iowa, subject to approval by the elders.
  2. Assign available men from Grandview to preach/teach and lead singing in local and established congregations which have a preacher vacancy and which are seeking a preacher. Coordinate the scheduling of the men from Grandview assigned to assist congregations. In addition to such Lord’s Day assignments, and as the opportunities present themselves, work with the men at Grandview in planning and conducting Gospel Meetings for congregations in Iowa or in neighboring states seeking such assistance.
  3. As requested by the elders, teach in the adult Bible class program and preach at Grandview on a fill-in basis.
  4. In coordination with the elders, identify and recommend men from the preaching classes to fill the pulpit at Grandview as those opportunities present themselves.
  5. Work in conjunction and in coordination with the pulpit evangelist/preacher and assist in other planning activities and programs asrequested by the elders.
  6. Carry out activities as requested by the elders.
  7. Assist the Lord’s work in Iowa by sharing information with congregations seeking to employ a preacher.
  8. As there is opportunity, represent Grandview in local and state-wide meetings or out-of-state meetings relating to the Lords work and also promote the CIM program.