MENLO CHURCH OUTREACH AND MISSIONS
OUR VISION Menlo Churchâ€™s Outreach and Mission department helps our church and partners tangibly express a transformative relationship with Christ and authentic community, so that everyone in the Bay Area and beyond can flourish.
FOCUS When deciding which organizations to partner with, we have identified five Strategic Areas. Some partners focus on more than one area, while many partners focus on a single area and dive into that.
C H UR CH P L ANT I NG AND DISCIPLESHIP When people can build healthy communities of believers who are discipled in the ways of Christ, it leads to transformed lives and communities. Therefore, we invest in efforts locally and globally to support these communities.
WOM E N AND C H I L DREN IN CRISIS Globally and locally, women and children are generally faced with crisis moments on a much larger scale than adult men. Therefore, we choose to stand up for women and children, and with those who will defend them.
J USTI C E AND RE STORATION To defend the oppressed and to heal the broken is a mainstay of the Christian expression. We partner with organizations who speak for the voiceless and also walk with those on their way to wholeness.
R E L I E F AND DE VELOPMENT This world presents to the church identifiable and urgent needs that must be met with both immediate and permanent solutions. Whether educational opportunities, clean water initiatives, access to medical care, or economic empowerment, we stand with organizations that answer immediate needs with a long-term perspective.
U R G E N T RE S P O NS E We stand ready to respond to needs presented by natural disasters (such as fires, typhoons, and earthquakes) or man-made disasters (such as wars and refugee crises). The church continues to be hope and light in the dark and dire times.
O U T R E AC H A N D M I SS I O N ST R U C T U R E Menlo Church expresses our outreach and mission vision in five ways.
G LO B A L PA RT N E R SH I P S We provide financial, relational, and spiritual support to global non-profit, faith-based organizations. We also work with some of them to organize trips that support their mission.
LO C A L PA RT N E R SH I P S We provide financial, relational, and spiritual support to local non-profit, faith-based organizations. In addition, we connect our congregants with their organizations as volunteers, especially through Serve Your City.
S H O R T-T E R M MISS I O N T R I P S A few times a year, we offer opportunities for people to serve together in a different culture. Through serving on these trips, people often find their own lives transformed and enjoy deeper engagement in their spiritual practice or missional life. We provide the structure, connections, and parameters of the trip; the people who serve on the trip raise money for or pay for the trip costs.
ME M B E R S IN M I SS I O N We provide financial, relational, and spiritual support to people who have called Menlo Church their home church and now travel near and far as missionaries. We also work with some of them to organize trips that support their mission.
S E RV E YOUR C I T Y Two to three times a year, we organize events where people can serve at projects throughout the Bay Area. We offer a variety of projects for all ages, skill levels, and interests. Together, we serve and see God bring hope, strength, and joy to each other and those around us. Itâ€™s our hope that after serving with us, people will continue to serve their community on their own or through our local partners.
GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS We partner with 18 global organizations that touch one or more of our missional objectives. Our current partners are: 10 Thousand Windows New Generations/East Africa Intervarsity Europe
Achungo Community Center European Christian Ministry Int International Justice Mission
Agape International Mission
Bethesda Teaching ministry/Rancho Santa
Solid Ground International
Marta Missions Ministries
Horn of Africa Evangelical Mission
Compassion International Village Enterprise Fund
Last year, Menlo Church disbursed $720,000 to our global partners. April 2019
Last year, Menlo Church disbursed $ 436,000 to our local partners.
We partner with 33 local organizations that impact one or more of our missional objectives. Our current partners are:
Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Familia Cristiana Verbo
ECO Church Plant
Service League of San Mateo
Habitat For Humanity Silicon Valley
CityTeam San Jose
Live in Peace
LifeMoves Correctional Inst. Chaplaincy AbleWorks
New Creation Home
Oak Grove Christian Ministries
Family Supportive Services
Bayshore Christian Ministries
Transforming the Bay with Christ
Ravenswood Education Foundation
Wellspring StreetLife Ministries Downtown Streets
Help One Child Youth Community Services Ecumenical Hunger Program
Sonoma County Churches United Relief
Both global and local partner organizations are assessed on several aspects, including its foundational values, what its goals are, the impact it demonstrates, and its commitment to the Christian faith.
SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS Whether to a location in Mexico, Africa, or somewhere in the U.S., we offer a number of opportunities for people to serve together in a different culture. We select trips that focus on learning, serving, and being discipled. We want participants to both help others and also have Godâ€™s Kingdom work in their own livesâ€”resulting in deeper engagement in personal spiritual practice or missional life.
Countries we have sent teams to in the last 18 months: April 2019
Mexico (Mexicali, Juarez, Rancho Santa Marta)
Ethiopia Dominican Republic Kenya
Jordan Bulgaria Philippines Zimbabwe Brazil
QUOTES FROM MEMBERS IN MISSION
Mark Morris, World Outreach Ministries, Inc. Menlo Church has supported us as MIMs with counseling, financial support, computer issues, prayers, places to stay and cars to drive when we are in town, and church members visiting us on the mission field. I cherish my friendships and the prayers of so many people who have sown into my life and I into theirs.
Suzannah Nacho, Canadian Baptist Ministries Menlo Church is the community that recognized my call to serve in the mission field, enabled my training to fulfill that call, and continues to support me and my family in the ministry of leadership formation in Latin America. Menlo Church is important to me because it is my spiritual family of origin where Christ met me and challenged me through friendships and mentors that have faithfully partnered in this ministry in Latin America.
Dr. Steven Long and Victoria, Global Champions We (my wife Vicky and I) have many â€œforeverâ€? friends in Menlo, and we consider ourselves part of an extended family and communicate with them quite a bit to continue relationship. We consider Menlo not just a mission supporting church, but an accountability structure and also prayer cover for us.
Members in Mission (MIM) We are proud to say that many people have called Menlo Church their home church who now travel near and far as missionaries. Currently, we have 31 Members in Mission around the world. We canâ€™t list them all here because some are serving in sensitive areas around the world.
Last year, Menlo Church sent $ 314,000 to 31 MIM around the world. April 2019
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STAFF CONTACTS AND STRUCTURE Dave Shields // Central Ministry Leader for Outreach and Mission // email@example.com Lupita Ibarra // Central Ministry Coordinator, Outreach and Mission // firstname.lastname@example.org Bennie Ingraham // Mid Peninsula Regional Outreach Director // email@example.com Jadine Kuwahara // North Peninsula Regional Outreach Director // firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Reyes // South Bay Regional Outreach Director // email@example.com
Our staff serves our church and our ministry partners to help them tangibly express a transformative relationship with Jesus Christ and authentic community so that everyone in the Bay Area and beyond can flourish. To accomplish this, accommodate for church growth, and streamline our local partnerships, we have shifted our staff to a regional model. Our Regional Outreach directors serve all the Menlo campuses in their region, connecting the gifting and heart of that particular campus with both the communicated needs of the local community and the best centralized practices of Menlo Church.
You might be asking, “What can I do?” The answer is simple: Be with us. PRAY
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