Then [Jesus] said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.” – Mark 16:15
You might ask why we would travel to other countries for missions work when there is so much need right here at home—and it would be a fair question. We take seriously Jesus’ command to “Go into the world,” to build relationships with our brothers and sisters in other places, to see ourselves as connected to the whole world through prayer, service, and fellowship. Although there are a number of ways in which our church has supported international missions through the years, here at Centenary, our primary commitment is a long-term relationship with Haiti Outreach Ministries, an organization in Port-au-Prince whose mission is “Sharing the Gospel with the people of Haiti through evangelism, education and medical care.” Learn about the many ways you can participate in this international partnership.
Advocacy and Justice
He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8
Missions isn’t just about service projects; it’s about announcing and implementing God’s vision of justice and mercy in the world. Many of the organizations we work with do more than give a hand-out or even hand-up; they seek to link all our hands together in a network of mutual support and care.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about this ministry please contact 336.724.6311.
When we serve others, we aren’t just doing good; we are living into God’s call on our lives as disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world. We look to John Wesley’s Three Simple Rules as a guide—first, Do No Harm (listening and learning before doing—helping can hurt when we make assumptions); second, Do Good (not just for our neighbors but with them in relationship); and third, Stay in Love with God (seeing missions as a spiritual practice that brings us closer to others and to God). Here at Centenary, we are committed to the city of Winston-Salem, particularly our downtown neighbors; we respond to needs across the region and the nation; and we are developing relationships internationally that help us see our place in the global body of Christ.
“Promote the welfare of the city where I have sent you… Pray to the Lord for it, because your future depends on its welfare.” – Jeremiah 29:7
In Luke 10, a lawyer asks what he has to do to gain eternal life. He knows the answer—love God and love neighbor—but he has one important question: “And who is my neighbor?” Here at Centenary, we know this question can be answer in many different ways. When it comes to missions, we start with the most literal answer to the question: our neighbors are those right around us downtown and across
Winston-Salem with whom God calls us to work for the welfare of our city. Keep reading to learn about current and ongoing local missions commitments and to get a big picture of how God is at work through Centenary locally.