At EP mission is happening on a local, national, and global level.
In terms of local mission the Bible is clear that every Christian is a missionary. Every Christian is called to corporate worship with Christ’s people on Sunday and then sent out with his blessing to follow Christ in their day-to-day callings as moms, as employees, as employers, as students, etc., and to make disciples, sharing Christ, as they go along. Local mission begins with our members living for Christ and doing everything ‘as unto Him’ wherever God has placed them doing whatever God has called them to do and sharing Christ with anyone who will listen.
To that end we have three primary resources we ask our members to use in their attempts to make disciples. The first is church-wide events. Since crossing the threshold of a church and actually meeting other Christians are huge advances in terms of sharing Christ and making disciples, we encourage our members to take advantage of things like our concerts, our family and children’s ministry events, our fellowship meals, by inviting friends, roommates, and neighbors to join them. The second is Christianity Explored. Christianity Explored is both a great encouragement and training ground for Christians to better share their faith and a great opportunity for people new to the Christian faith to open a Bible for the first time, ask any question, and be warmly welcomed to our church. The third is corporate worship. Don’t ever underestimate the power of the Word of God, especially the Word of God preached. Our worship service is one the best evangelistic tools we have and we encourage our members to treat it as such, invite others to join them, and be sure to follow up.
In addition to every-member mission, we heavily support local mission including RUF, our denominations campus ministry at the University of Delaware, RUFi, our denominations campus ministry to international students and scholars at U.D., A Door of Hope, Good Neighbors Home Repair and Sunday Breakfast Mission. All of these are not just financial partnerships but actual partnerships where we regularly give, pray and serve alongside these groups.
In terms of national ministry, we not only partner with our denominations agencies but partner directly with church plants, church planters and campus ministers throughout the US.
In terms of global ministry, we support some of the most influential and effective leaders in foreign mission, many of whom we cannot name because they serve in sensitive areas.
We currently give between 25-30% of all gross receipts to the work of local, national, and global mission and each year we aim to increase our support of churches, church planters and ministry leaders that we perceive to be especially instrumental, effective, and desperately needed in reaching the nations for Christ.