Missions Statement: Declaring The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Disciple-Making at Home and Around the World, and Demonstrating the Father’s Love in Spirit and Truth
We desire global missions to be an integral part of River Oak’s church life permeating our worship, Bible teaching and preaching, and ministries. This is in response to the call of the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20) with the sole purpose of magnifying the glory of Jesus Christ. Our focus is on extending our missions statement to every people group, and to the farthest corners of the earth. We will concentrate our effort on Gospel proclaiming church planting, and on church supporting ministries that empower (build up) the local church in diverse geographic areas of the world to fulfill this mission’s statement. We will focus on ministering in a way that complements the gifting of our congregation and resources in our church. We realize that mission’s partnership is a cooperative effort and we seek to support those that desire to bless us as we support them in ministry.
What is the goal of missions at River Oaks? Our Goal is to Glorify the infinite worth of God, by making known the wonder of Jesus Christ. (Psalm 67:3, Revelation 5)
What is our strategy to reach this goal? We desire to partner with those that are planting Christ -exalting churches in diverse areas of the world, and with those that are supporting the local indigenous church to exalt Jesus, equip his people, engage the world, and extend His love.
Why? We believe the Father has appointed the church through the truth of the Gospel in Christ Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit as the most effective means to accomplish His great purposes and to establish His kingdom. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Ben & Becky Bacheller are missionaries with TEAM. They live in Maryville, TN where Ben serves as the Creation Care Specialist for TEAM. Previously they served in Brazil, mobilizing and training Brazilian missionaries. With a unique background in environmental science, tropical agriculture, and an M. Div., he helps missionaries develop gospel-centered, culturally appropriate, and locally-sourced solutions to environmental degradation. Some projects developed include recycling in Ukraine, aquaponics in Zimbabwe, wells for water in Chad, and sustainable farming in Mozambique. He believes caring for creation from a biblical perspective builds up the Church by restoring people to flourishing, sustainable, Christ centered communities. It also opens the door into countries and contexts the gospel traditionally has not been present.
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Chris & Kate live in Maryville, Tennessee (along with their daughters Jazmine and Nadra) and are serving through World Orphans. World Orphans continues to refine what it means to empower the church to care for orphans, until they all have homes. Kate says, “Our mission is to equip, inspire, and mobilize the church to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. As the Senior Director of Mobilization, I love getting to support our US and international church partners as well as our staff in striving for excellence as we mobilize the church. As part of the World Orphans management team, I feel honored to be able to serve our staff and the ministry as a whole.”
To read more about the Borders’ work with World Orphans you can go to Kate’s blog at http://www.untiltheyallhavehomes.blogspot.com/
Kathy serves on the Managment Team for World Orphans, and she has the joy of participating in ongoing big-picture thinking, specifically keeping her eyes on wholistic care with the hope of seeing transformation & restoration happen through the power of the Gospel.
To read more about Kathy’s work with World Orphans you can go to her blog at http://kathyblessedtobless.blogspot.com
Cowboys of the Cross
Cowboys of the Cross is a rodeo and bull riding ministry reaching out to the thousands of cowboys across North America and locally in East Tennessee. Scott travels to rodeos to share the gospel, lead “cowboy church” and devote time to discipleship. For hundreds of cowboys, Scott is their main link to their Christian beliefs, the dominant faith of the rodeo and bull riding industry.
To read more about Scott’s work with Cowboys of the Cross you can go to his website at http://cowboysofthecross.com/
Amie serves as the Journey Trip Mobilization Director for World Orphans. She works with World Orphans staff, network partners, and in-country contacts to schedule and plan all World Orphans Journey Trips. Amie loves to disciple and encourage others, and her role with World Orphans allows her to use her many giftings to glorify God and serve the church. Amie’s role involves leading Journey teams to in-country locations, discipling Journey trip participants, coordinating details related to all Journey teams headed to the field, and collaborating with other World Orphans staff members who lead Journey teams. In her role, trip participants discover God’s heart for the orphan and examine what Scripture says regarding the church’s responsibility to care for the orphan.
To read more about Amie’s work with World Orphans you can go to her blog at https://journeyingalongtheway.wordpress.com/my-blog/
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The Ozanne Family
Loren & Christina live in Poland (along with their children Clay, Hanna, and Ella Kate) and are missionaries serving through the Evangelical Church of America. Their primary ministry focus is to reach out to the large population of English speaking, international, college students that attend one of the many English-speaking only colleges. (NOTE: In terms of the number of church planting missionaries and evangelical believers per 1,000 people, Poland is the most unreached country on earth. It is 4 times more unreached than Saudi Arabia and 25 times more unreached than China.) The Ozannes are also in close relationship and partnership with one Polish church, which has a huge heart for the Polish people, orphans, and for these college students. Pastor Mariusz, and his wife Eva, have not only been ministry partners, but they have been like surrogate parents and grandparents to the Ozannes and their children.
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The Pottorff Family
Ben and Leslie are missionaries with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) at the University of Tennessee. They had previously served in youth ministry for 17 years, and over time their hearts were increasingly burdened to equip and reach college students for Christ. At the Lord’s leading they joined Cru and moved from Louisville, KY to Maryville, TN to begin working at UT.
Starting in 2018, the Pottorffs will serve as missionaries on campus during the school year. During the summers, they will participate in 6 week mission trips – both internationally and state side. Ben and Lesli will be engaging with students by winning them to Christ, building them up in their faith, and sending them out to win, build & send others. They will also meet with students (one-on-one), in small discussion groups, as well as, through large group meetings and campus-wide outreaches.
If you’d like to hear about how the Lord led the Pottorffs to join Cru, you can watch their “Calling to Cru” message by clicking here.