Community Outreach and Missions

Community Outreach

There are a few central ideas which shape how we think as a church about community outreach. First, we believe that God is on mission. From the moment sin entered the world, God has been on a mission to redeem humanity and draw people back into a loving and life-giving relationship with himself. Practically, this means that God is at work already—in your workplace, your family, at the bar and in the grocery store. Our job and our joy is to join God in His mission, partnering with Him. Second, we believe the job of our pastors is not to do the ministry—but rather to encourage, empower and present opportunities for you (the church!) to join in what God is already doing in our town. You see, God has called each of us as individuals to reach out to our friends, neighbors, co-workers and anyone we come across with the love of Jesus. The moment you sign up with Jesus, you are sent out by Jesus! Lastly, we seek to join in what is already happening in our community, going to where people already are—rather than always or only inviting people onto our "turf" and creating outreach opportunities from scratch. This means we often encourage church members to plug into existing ministry and service opportunities happening through other organizations in Salida.

That said, the following is a list of on-going ministry opportunities in the community, which we encourage attenders of our church to be involved in. You can click on the links below to go to their website and obtain contact information about volunteering.

  • The Grainery Ministries. The Grainery Ministries is a local food pantry that serves the poor and needy in our community and in beyond. They are open on Mondays and Fridays, and welcome volunteers to serve in a variety of ways. As a church, we have also spearheaded a food drive in our community to support the Grainery and help stock their shelves with needed items.
  • The Salida Pregnancy Center. The Pregnancy Center ministers to young families in Salida, offering education, free ultra-sounds, and baby items for free through a "earn-as-you-learn" program. The Pregnancy Center is also a pro-life center which encourages families to consider all their options when experiencing an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy, often helping connect mothers to supportive resources which make all the difference. Please contact the Pegnancy Center as they are often looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways.
  • Nurturing Parenting Program. The NPP is designed to help prevent abuse in the home and encourage the development of an empathetic and healthy parenting style through education and support. Our church regularly hosts this 12-14 week program and a few members of our church even participate as leaders and educators for the class. Please contact NPP for volunteer opportunities.
  • Chaffee County Mentors. The mentor program in Salida connects at-risk children and youth with loving, stable adults as friends and role models. Volunteers from our church have found that this is an incredibly rewarding opportunity in which they can share the love of Jesus with a child in a very practical and tangible way. 
  • Neighboring. What if, when Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31), he really meant it? We believe He did! So, we encourage our church to get to know their neighbors and see it as one of the primary arenas God has given them to reach out with His love. Click here for a great book called, The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon.

Missions: Vineyard Bolivia Partnership

We are part of the Vineyard Bolivia Partnership, along with other Vineyard churches in the U.S., seeking to plant Vineyard churches in Bolivia. Check out this website to hear what's going on in Bolivia…