This blog piece is part of an ongoing, monthly series, as we journey with Red Bluff Vineyard in their process of discerning the specifics of their global missions engagement. Click here to start back at Part 1 from October 2018.
A common challenge for Christians looking to engage in global missions is, quite frankly, the cost! When you add up the price of flights, housing, food, and other expenses, the financial aspect of doing missions can feel like a huge obstacle for some, not to mention if a church is looking to send a team of people! In fact, I’ve found that one of the first things people worry about as they are wrestling with whether or not they should go on a mission trip is whether or not they will be able to afford going! And this says nothing about churches simply raising financial support for full-time missionaries or missional work in other countries!
For the past few months, I’ve been sharing how our church, the Red Bluff Vineyard, is looking to engage in world missions. We’ve been exploring various partnerships and locations around the world and trying our best to discern who we are being called to (you can read part one, part two, part three, and part four). In this post, I want to share how we’re currently trying to create a buzz for missions involvement while also raising money to fund it!
Here are a few of the ways we are doing this:
Monthly Bake Sales. This is right out of the “old-school church” playbook. We’ve got a large group of people who can bake things like cookies, muffins, pies, bread, cakes, and the list goes on! Which means we have a huge group of people like me who will be sure to spend crazy money to get my hands on those treats! We actually started promoting this new monthly event and are hoping it will create awareness about our church’s commitment to missions and will give people opportunities to participate, both by baking and by purchasing! The money will then go into a missions fund and will be used toward our future trips.
Missions Silent Auction. In June we’ve scheduled a Silent Auction where we’ll give people an opportunity to bid on items that have been donated to the church. We have a lot of small business owners and crafty people, so I’m excited to see what type of stuff is donated!
Designated Giving. Through our church app (available through the Apple and Google stores), people have the ability to designate funds directly toward missions work. Since we haven’t pushed this really hard, right now it’s more “random” when it comes in, but it’s cool to see some people using it!
Random Events. Whenever we have fun events at our church, things like our annual Adult Bowling, if we make money, we always designate it toward missions.
I’d love to know what things you are doing in your local church, so feel free to share in the comments below!
Luke Geraty is a pastor-theologian living in Northern California, and he and his wife, Dawn, lead the Red Bluff Vineyard. Father of five amazing children, when Luke isn’t hanging with his family or doing church stuff, he enjoys reading and writing theology, fly fishing, and listening to underground hip hop. He blogs at SpiritChurchMission.com and can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.