In Acts 1:8 Jesus commands us to go to Jerusalem. Our Jerusalem is the Arkansas River Valley in and around Fort Smith, Arkansas. We have countless opportunities to reach the River Valley because we believe that everyone is a missionary where they live, work, and play. In addition to inspiring and equipping our members to reach those near to them but far from God, we also provide corporate opportunities to participate in local missions through our For The City effort.
Welcoming Ministry & iReach – In this River Valley of over 200,000 people there are many who are of different cultures and ethnicities. The goal of our Welcoming Ministry will be to reach out to these pockets of unreached people groups right here in our Jerusalem. We will be working hard to reach out to our international college students through our ministry, iReach, as well. At the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith there are over 100 international students from many different countries. Many of these students will go back to their home country where there is little to no opportunity for them to hear the gospel. We do all that we can to build meaningful relationships with these students in the short time that we have with them so that we might be able to share with them the good news of Jesus. We offer Conversation Club throughout the semester, and we host day trips to area tourist locations among many other things. If you are interested in being apart of this mission, please, contact Beau Barrera.
Hispanic Outreach – Because of the large population of Hispanics in our area, we feel that God has called us to start a mission to reach these wonderful people. We currently have a Spanish-speaking Bible Study Class that meets at 9:15am on Sunday mornings, and we offer in-ear translation service into Spanish during our weekly worship service on Sunday mornings at 10:30am. We are also beginning talks with a local Hispanic pastor, whose church is currently meeting in our Refuge Building, about the possibility of launching a new Hispanic church in our building. For more information about this mission contact our mission pastor, Scott Ward.
Say Something – Say Something is our personal evangelism training. We will be holding this training at various times throughout the year. Check back often to see upcoming dates. We are also developing this training into a Bible Study Curriculum which we will use throughout the church.
For The City – Every month we will have a different emphasis to help guide our people to reach out to those near to them but far from God where they live, work, and play. We have many different things planned including neighborhood block parties, the Fort Smith Marathon, passing out doughnuts to local businesses, etc. Here’s the schedule…
- September 17 – Third Places
- October 17 -Neighborhood Block Parties
- November 17 – We Love Our Service Providers
- December 17 – Doughnut December
- January 18 – Sanctity of Human Life Month
- February 18 – We Love Our Healthcare Providers
- March 18 – Cookies to your Neighbors/Invite to Easter
- April 18 – For the City Day
- May 18 – We Love Our Police Officers
- June 18 – Engage your Third Place
- July 18 – We Love our Postal & Sanitation Workers
- August 18 – We Love Our Educators
- September 18 – We Love Our Firefighters
- October 18 – Neighborhood Block Parties
- November 18 – Thanksgiving Blessing
- December 18 – Doughnut December