Jesus says in John’s Gospel, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Sheridan is a community that encourages reaching out beyond ourselves to love our neighbor – in every corner of the world. If you’ve ever wondered how you can make a difference as a Christian in the world, you are in the right place. Sheridan offers mission trips abroad and special events here at home that foster the love that Jesus commands. Be encouraged to reach out and share the love of Jesus that crosses language, race and national boundaries. Be a part of our global missions.
There has been a shift in how churches reach out to those who are suffering. As Jesus says in Matthew 25, we will see his face in the poor, the hungry, the thirsty, those imprisoned and those in need. As missionary societies developed in churches in the late 1800s from Europe and North America, the standard practice was to anoint a few missionaries to go to foreign lands to proclaim the Gospel. Everyone else would stay home, pray and share offerings to support the work of the missions. As our society and communities have become more global, the opportunity to share the Gospel through short term mission trips and long-term indigenous partnerships has grown exponentially. Not only do churches reach out to those in need, but government and nonproﬁt organizations reach out as well. At best, resources are organized and distributed and communities are given the ability to leave poverty in the rearview mirror with each generation. At its worst, charitable work creates a system of dependency and confused mess. It often leaves questions of who’s in charge for the long haul, and who continues to keep those most vulnerable at the helm of developmental work.
In the last decade, Sheridan has been a ﬂagship congregation of mission development for the long haul. We are charitable in times of crisis, but also extremely generous in our long-term development. We should be proud of how we manage the resources God has given to us.
For more information about becoming involved with any of these ministries, contact the church office. To stay up to date with missions and outreach, subscribe to our Mission Moments Newsletter.