Missional Life

City, Region and World.

our dream

We long to reach people with the hope and love of Jesus and to restore what’s broken in our city, region, and world.

What can I Expect?

In our missional activities we work with local, regional and global partners to reach people with the hope and love of Jesus and to restore what’s broken.
Locally we create bridge events where people from our community can interact with our church in a friendly, easy way. We do this with Trunk or Treat, Egg Hunts and the Daddy Daughter Dance. We also engage in local projects to help our city be a welcoming place for everyone.

Regionally and globally we work with many partners to reach people through church planting, pastoral training, child sponsorships and missions trips. We work to restore what’s broken through foster care and adoption, mentoring, recovery programs and life-skills training.

There’s plenty of opportunity for every follower of Jesus to engage missionally, whether you’re interested in serving in our city, region or world.

Get involved

Here are some ways to take some next steps.

Get involved in the following places:

  • 70x7 Life Recovery
  • EC Brooks
  • Mosaic
  • Pullman (Love INC, People Helping People)
  • Belize
  • Honduras
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Child Sponsorships

To learn more about a specific opportunity, send an email or give us a call.

What’s coming up

Mark your calenders and join us.
The Gate Youth Center: An after-school program for 6th-8th grades.
Tractors, Trucks & Treats, Oh My!  Join us from 5:30-7:30 on October 31 at Hamilton High School 
Mosaic: Supporting families engaged in foster care, adoption, kinship care, and safe families.

Our Guides

Get to know the people involved in our missional inititives.

Mary Jo Busscher

Missional Initiatives Coordinator

Dan Fisher

Community Life Pastor

Organizational Initiatives are ministry partnerships led by our staff and members.

Each ministry will express these goals in different ways depending on their area of involvement, but the outcomes are always the same: more people following Jesus and fearlessly making Him known in their communities.

Each of these programs has an ongoing focus team, regular activities, and exist to bring the hope and healing of the Gospel to a broken world.

PARTNERSHIPS:

70x7 Life Recovery
Join us in creating new stories for those men and women returning to our community from incarceration or working towards recovery from addictions. Relationships are the cornerstone towards restoration, jobs skills and employment.

Contact Ron Bechtel or visit www.70x7liferecovery.org.

EC Brooks Prison
Over 2,000 men are incarcerated at the prison we serve in Muskegon, MI. Statistically, 95% of these inmates will eventually return to their community. We are building intimate relationships through different program avenues and rejoice as all of us grow in our spiritual walk, learn to work out our differences peacefully and experience hope.

Contact: Doug Cupery, 616-550-0587

Mosaic Foster/Adopt
Mosaic actively encourages and supports families engaged in foster care, adoption, kinship care and Safe Families. Through the formation of authentic relationships, Mosaic strives to provide children and their families with a sense of community, hope and belonging. Mosaic’s support system, along with counseling and access to financial resources for those considering adopting, helps ensure that no child or family walks alone through the adoption or foster care process.

Contact: Wendy Cheek, 616-688-5172. Visit www.mosaicfosteradopt.org to learn more about the impact Mosaic is having on children and families.

Pullman Ministries
Through the building of strong relationships, we join with the Pullman community in bringing hope and love that is found in Jesus Christ to area residents. Together, we are reaching out to the local children and youth in tangible ways. God has great plans in Pullman and is using this ministry to develop spiritually mature disciples. An important piece is the Thursday night service that includes a meal, worship, prayer and learning for children, students, and adults.

Adult Ministry: Melinda Jones, 616.883.3010.

Kid’s Club: Emily Van Dam, 616.283.6265.

MISSIONAL INITIATIVES:

American Heritage Girls
We are committed to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences. It serves as a catalyst for building strong Christ centered leaders & helping girls give footsteps to their faith.

Contact: Michelle Hulst, 616-499-5410.

Lakeshore LifeWorks
What happens to those youths that are aging out of the foster care system? That’s a great question as we work to link the body of Christ with them.  There are opportunities to bring relationships, bible study, worship, life-skills, and stable housing solutions. Join us at our 11-acre retreat center in Holland that is equipped with housing, walking trails, “The Barn” worship center, and our Chapel in the Woods.

Contact: Rick Mannes, 616-836-2691

Outdoor Ministry
The Outdoor Ministry provides enjoyable and educational outdoor events which will build friends with other outdoors people with-in our church. This group sponsors outdoor-related events such as potlucks, seminars and activities that are suitable for individuals or entire families to enjoy.

Contact: Bill Emery, 616-510-3524 or Anne Brush, 616-212-3130

Cultivate desires to make Fearless Followers in West Michigan and around the world.

We work with strategic global partners to improve health, education, family, government, business and leadership development through local churches.  As relationships are developed, local communities are reached with the good news of Jesus and communities are restored through the work of the local church.

Belize
Our purpose is to partner with Shalom Church in their church growth, church planting and educational development while simultaneously giving Fearless Followers an opportunity to experience mission together. For the last 5 years, Fearless Follower families have been deepening the relationship with the people of Shalom Church and the community of San Pedro. Join us on one of our trips this spring break or throughout the year for a tropical adventure that is sure to benefit you, your family, and the Kingdom.

Contact: Bryan Linn, 616.990.5899.

Click here to learn more about an upcoming trip.

Honduras
Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America and residents are faced with high unemployment, unsafe water, and low educational levels.  In addition to planting a church, our partnership has focused on building church leaders, training children’s ministry leaders, developing a prison ministry team and equipping leaders to teach others how to handle their finances.

Contact: Jack Dykstra or  Mary Jo Busscher.

Click here to learn more about an upcoming trip.

Zambia
World leaders have called the global HIV/AIDS pandemic “the greatest humanitarian crisis in history.” In Zambia, nearly 1 in 7 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS. Every day, 115 people are newly infected and 74 will die because of the disease. As a result, over 600,000 children under the age of 17 are orphaned because of this pandemic. Our partner, Jubilee Centre, has a network of nearly 90 churches and equip church leaders to combat the AIDS crisis, crush poverty through job creation and empower children to lead through quality education.  We have joined them as they develop transformational spiritual leaders to impact these challenges.

Contact: Mary Jo Busscher, 616-218-6235.

Click here to learn more about an upcoming trip.

TANZANIA
We partner with Hope of the Nations in Tanzania to support children attending the primary school to receive a Christ-centered education and equip the men and women attending their Bible College; many of who plant churches and other ministries that support their communities.  Our trips to the are reach children who live and survive in the streets.

Contact Kurt

Click here to learn more about an upcoming trip to Tanzania

 

Child Sponsorships
Currently, 91 Fearless Follower families participate in our child sponsorship program. Over the next six months, we are praying for 50 new families to step into sponsoring children from these partner ministries.

HONDURAS: La Canada School

Providing a Christian education for children living in the Community of La Canada Honduras. $35/month

Sponsor a childWrite a letter to your child.

TANZANIA: Hope of the Nations

Raising up a generation of young people who are firmly grounded in their relationship with Jesus and receive an excellent education. $35/month

Sponsor a child | Write a letter to a classroom of kids at hope of the Nations Primary School

ZAMBIA: Jubilee Centre

Addressing the needs of vulnerable children in Zambia. Providing for children and empowering families. $30/month.

Sponsor a child Write a letter to your child.

 

Come on a Mission Trip with Us!
Learn more about upcoming trips. Click here.

Trip application.