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Our Mission Compass…

11.06.16 | by Ray Jones

    Our Mission Compass…

    In Meaningful: The Story of Ideas Bernadette Jiwa refers to the mission of clothing manufacturer Patagonia and writes, “Patagonia employs forty-five full-time technicians who complete about 30,000 repairs per year. In the spring of 2015, the company set off on a coast-to-coast road trip across the U.S. in a biodiesel truck to repair their customers "tired and well-loved" clothing. Patagonia cares about fixing a jacket that has traveled the world with a customer because that act aligns with their company values, and just as important, it helps to deepen the bond between customer and company.

    Often the people who send garments in for repair also send their stories about how that piece of clothing has been with them through thick and thin. The customers' stories fuel Patagonia's story and have done so for over four successful decades. The team at Patagonia believe that “one of the most responsible things we can do as a company is to make high-quality stuff that lasts for years and can be repaired, so you don't have to buy more of it.” They innovate for and market to those customers who believe what they believe. The customer is their compass.”

    Likewise, euphemistically speaking, the Church is also driven by a mission compass that is all about connecting with the “customer”, i.e. those who have never established a relationship with Christ. We remain committed to innovate and connect with those who need the life-saving gospel, just as we were commanded by Jesus in the Great Commission.

    That is why today is another opportunity for us to reinforce our ever-present agenda of reaching people for Christ. One of the ways we will do that is through our “Find Us Faithful” World Mission offering today. I trust that you, like Alison and I will make an extra and sacrificial gift above your regular tithes and offerings, to World Missions. And today, everything we receive above our regular ministry budget and building needs will go 100% to our specific mission partnerships locally, nationally and abroad.

    Relationship…that is another core value that we hold dearly. And it is the value that we associate with our mission to the world--connecting people to God through a personal relationship with Him. There are many ways, ministries and methods that we use to help accomplish that mission. All of us need to successfully carry-out and carry-on this mission. Thanks to those who give and to those who go. And thanks to all those who serve in a variety of different roles with many different ministry commitments to help us stay engaged in the great CO-mission of God at Ridgecrest.

    Welcome… to all of our guests! I am glad you are with us and pray that you will experience the presence of God in this place today. Maybe you are looking to meet God personally, if so, we can assist you. Maybe you are looking for a church family to connect with, we’d love to be that church and have you join with us here at RBC. And if you are a first time guest, feel free to text the word “Welcome” to 334-384-8080 for additional information about Ridgecrest.

    God is so worth our worship! Let’s give Him our best today and remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray

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