Mission & Outreach Ministry
The Mission & Outreach Ministry identifies and coordinates the outreach/community activities of the church that are compatible with the church’s mission and demonstrate the church’s efforts to live out faith. Responsibilities of this Ministry include:
- Plan and implement outreach projects and activities
- Recommend and coordinate appropriate benevolences
- Coordinate church mission activities and trips
- Plan and implement a program of evangelism
- Seek ways to stimulate interest in Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM)
- Implement social justice programs that complement the church’s mission
- Explore and recommend new programming related to mission and outreach
Mission has always been taken seriously at Central Church. Our roots are deeply planted in mission – it is what gives meaning to the church and we feel answers God’s call to be the servant church. There are any number of ways folks at Central Church may become involved in reaching out to others.
As far back as the 1700s, our denomination was one of the first Protestant denominations to widen its scope to overseas mission. In partnership with our denomination, the United Church of Christ, we support various forms of ministry in over 80 foreign countries. This comes in the form of evangelism as well as humanitarian relief and a better quality of life for those who face injustice and poverty on a daily basis.
Central Church members have been involved in rebuilding and relief work within Missouri and the Southeast. We support various mission and social action agencies within inner cities.
Central Church provides support financially and with in-kind goods and volunteer services to various local agencies that help those in need. Some examples of activities we are involved in are: monthly canned good drives, preparing and serving meals at the Salvation Army, delivering Meals on Wheels, participating in Habitat for Humanity projects, and providing monetary support to the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service and the Samaritan Center.
Projects and Events
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Blankets for Church World Service
Festival of Sharing
Salvation Army Meals
Meals on Wheels
Samaritan Center Auction Basket
Spaghetti Dinner for Group Homes
Host Speakers for Various Issues
Samaritan Center Santa’s Workshop
Food transport to Samaritan Center
We Support These Organizations Through Special Offerings
Rape & Abuse Crisis Service
The Samaritan Center is an interfaith social service agency organized to meet emergency or crisis needs of the people in the mid-Missouri area which are not already being met through state and federal or other nonprofit programs. The mission of the Samaritan Center is to be an advocate of the people who ask for help and fulfill the Gospel message of Jesus. This agency does not discriminate as to race, ethnic origin, religion, or age.
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)
One Great Hour of Sharing is an ecumenical Christian effort to empower, provide water, supply food, and give relief from disasters.
Neighborhood Houses provide educational and empowering experiences to close the opportunity gap and help children reach their potential.