Mission and Service

He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8

At FRC we are working toward developing wholistic, long-term, enpowering partnerships with great individuals and organizations in our backyard, throughout our country, and around the world.  Our hope in serving is to be the very presence of Jesus Christ in a lost and broken world.  We serve because Jesus invited us to be part of God's restoring of the world.  We want to practice what we preach.

Our first Service Sunday was held on Sunday, April 2nd. Check out the highlight videos below:

Video from our service work at the church:

Video from our service work in Newark, Pequannock, Jersey City, Patterson, Clifton, etc:

If you want to make a difference and join in God's restoration of the world, consider how you might serve with FRC:

Grains of Hope annual community food packing event.

PRINCIPLES TO SERVE BY

For reasons we will never know God has invited us to be part of his redemptive work in the world.  As we serve among and partner with communities, people and organizations we try to serve as faithfully as possible.  Throughout history many people with great intentions have made a mess of their motivations and damaged communities and people along their way. We want to do better.  We want to serve like Jesus.

The following is a list of principles we try to serve by:

We serve through relationships - The key to service is relationships.  Throughout human history, God has acted through relationship, so we try to follow suite. The farther away from home we go, the more essential it is to serve with locals who know the culture, the terrain and the people.  

Listen.  We are partners in mission and not masters of mission.  Success in mission begins by listening to indigenous experts and trying to understand as much as we can before we do any other work.

Be consistent- The best way to build a relationship is over time and with trust.  So we try whenever possible to serve with the same people over years.

Development and not just betterment - To respect the recipient, is to empower them to help them change their reality and their world.  This is more than just hand-ups not hand-outs, it is an approach that tries to respect the recipient while taking the long view.

Act like Jesus - When all else fails and we don't know what to do, act like Jesus.  It did get him killed, but it is the clearest picture of God's love the world has ever seen and that after all is what we are after.

Extras

We serve with organizations who share a similar vision of God's kingdom
We serve with organizations with whom we can maintain relationships 
We serve with organizations that address basic needs
We serve with organizations that are financially accountable 
We serve with the hope of breaking cycles of poverty 
We serve as ambassadors of the good news concerning Jesus Christ