US Missions efforts at OMPC are strategically focused in areas where we feel we can concentrate our resources–finances, time and relationships–to have maximum Kingdom impact
Faith Promise is an agreement between you and God. It is a promise that as God enables, you will give a certain amount, designated “Faith Promise” to the Oak Mountain’s Global Missions, above and beyond your tithe. Click the link to make your 2018 Faith Promise Pledge online.
Oak Mountain is deeply engaged in almost every corner of the world - doing God’s work through planting churches, encouraging communities and creating Gospel-centered, grace movements so that hope and healing can become real for His people.
Click Here for Inspire Church, London's blog, written by 2018 Global Missions Conference Speaker Pete Nicholas.
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WHAT IS FAITH PROMISE?
Faith Promise is an agreement between you and God. It is a promise that as God enables, you will give a certain amount, designated “Faith Promise” to the Oak Mountain’s World Missions program, above and beyond your tithe.
HOW DOES FAITH PROMISE WORK?
A person makes a Faith Promise pledge by praying and seeking God concerning an amount that you believe He would have you give to missions through OMPC this year. Once you have discerned God’s leading, make a pledge by turning it in on a pledge card. Then, throughout the year, continue to pray and watch God provide, giving as He does so. You might be amazed – finding it encouraging to your faith! Perhaps you will receive unexpected income. Perhaps you will come across unexpected discounts, freeing money to give. You may find creative new ways to increase income – working, selling, etc. The Father may open your eyes to current abundance or extravagance, finding that He has already provided all you need to meet your pledge. The provision may come all at once or a little at a time, but as it comes, give toward meeting your pledge.
I CAN’T MAKE A FAITH PROMISE PLEDGE–I CAN BARELY EVEN MEET MY EXPENSES RIGHT NOW.
Actually, you CAN make a Faith Promise pledge, and you’re in the perfect position to do so! If you “can’t” meet your own needs and “can’t” give to missions, then you will KNOW it is all God’s doing when He enables you to fulfil your pledge. Because you can’t make or meet a pledge in your own strength and own resources, you will have to depend entirely upon His provision. Consider the people of Israel – they had no way to feed themselves in the wilderness, yet God provided. They had no source of water, but God provided. If you are in a place where no amount of creatively cutting expenses or adding income can provide for a Faith Promise pledge, then your Promise will be by Faith. As explained above, pray about your pledge to discern the Father’s leading. If He leads you to make a pledge, trust Him to provide; just watch to recognize when He does so.
“… for He who promised is faithful.” Heb 10:23
WHY DO I NEED TO MAKE A PLEDGE & TURN IN A CARD? ISN’T IT BETTER TO JUST GIVE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AS I’M ABLE?
There are two very important reasons for you to make a pledge. The annual world misions budget is set based on the declared intention of God’s people – the pledge. The amount pledged for the year is used to determine whether we can sustain our current missionary support, whether we can take on strategic new missionaries or increase support, or whether we must reduce or eliminate support for some missionaries.
Just as importantly, if you don’t make a pledge, you may miss out on seeing God meet your needs. Those who don’t pledge will not be watching expectantly for how God will provide the pledged amount. They may be able to give, but it will not be the same faith-building experience as when pledging.
IS FAITH PROMISE SCRIPTURAL?
The principle underlying Faith Promise giving is found in chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians. In verse 3 of chapter 8, the Macedonians’ giving “according to their ability” (such as tithing) is distinguished from their giving “beyond their ability” (such as Faith Promise giving). The latter phrase refes to looking to the Lord in faith for the ways He will enable us to give beyond our ability. (see also I Chron. 29:14, Luke 6:38, Mal. 3:10, Ps. 37:5, Mark 12:44.)
SHOULD I CUT BACK REGULAR GIVING TO INCREASE MISSIONS GIVING?
No! Operating costs for the church won’t decrease but will actually rise with the rising cost of living. Regular giving should continue as normal. Faith Promise giving is separate from and above your tithe.
I ALREADY PERSONALLY SUPPORT INDIVIDUAL MISSIONARIES. WHY SHOULD I JOIN IN FAITH PROMISE GIVING? ISN’T MY INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT ENOUGH?
Your check should indicate “Faith Promise” on the memo line, or be placed in an envelope with “Faith Promise” marked. If giving online, in the “select one" box (beside the amount), choose “Faith Promise 2018.” Undesignated gifts will go directly to the church general fund and not to missions. Please be sure to designate! Or you can give directly online here.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written, ‘HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.’ Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” - 2 Corinthians 9:8-10
five categories of investment
HOLISTIC CHURCH PLANTING
Emphasis is given to ministries which foster church planting movements–a multiplication of churches that also have an emphasis on justice and mercy. In addition, we support church planting efforts first in the greater Birmingham area, then in Alabama, and finally in other areas of the US.
SACRED ROAD | Chris and Mary Granberry
COMMON GROUND | Bryan Kelly
IGLESIA LA FE | Octavio & Rosie Samper
We support reformed campus ministries with priority given to schools in Alabama or nearby locations able to serve our members.
We focus on ministries which raise up and train pastors, campus ministers, other full-time workers, and lay-leaders. Other ministries include those which disciple believers into deeper relationship with Christ, restore areas of life ravaged by sin and brokenness, or equip the saints for service.
We provide ongoing support to a few Gospel-centered, Christian agencies providing relief, support, and even life for those who are distressed and oppressed. These ministries to the underserved are done in the name of Christ, possibly opening doors for the Gospel through word and deed.
IMMANUEL COUNSELING | Mike Williams
Monies that have been freed up through our debt reduction campaign, Here & Now, are strategically given toward Birmingham city initiatives that have distinctive justice and mercy components and a concern for racial reconciliation. Our desire is to impact our city
URBAN HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH | Alton & Sandra Hardy
CLERESTORY | Greg Mixon, Mark Gell, Beth Drennen
JOBS FOR LIFE | Greg Mixon, Mark Gell, Beth Drennen
INSPERO | Nancy Carroll & Gina Hurry
HOPE HEALTH CLINIC | Tom Edwards
URBAN AVENUES | Five Loaves, Fishcamp Films, Corey Kitchen, John Lankford
URBAN YOUNGLIFE | Sedrick Moore
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"And how are they to preach unless they are sent?"
What an incredible challenge from the Book of Romans. And what a great reminder of why International Missions through Oak Mountain is so crucially important - to our faith family, and to the millions of others all over the world.
Statistics prove that more than 2 billion people across the globe have never heard of Jesus. Hurting, lost, hungry, sick and dying people desperate for our help, but also desperate for their Savior.
Oak Mountain is deeply engaged in almost every corner of the world - doing God’s work through planting churches, encouraging communities and creating Gospel-centered, grace movements so that hope and healing can become real for His people. We currently support close to 50 missionary families in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Canada, South America, Central America and other places that we cannot mention because the saftey of our people could be at risk.
Each year, OMPC conducts a Global Missions Conference that is intended to raise awareness and support for our International Missionaries and their efforts. Please join us in continuing to pray for God's protection and direction for our missionaries, and ask that He enable you to learn, pray and give. Click here to view our list of short-term trips this year.
Katherine Long David & Stacy Bergmark
Chris & Emily Teague
Jim & Evelyn Anderson
John & Lynn Lehn
Richard & Cherie Priebbenow
Rick & Mary Beth Holladay
Rob &Jenny Ilderton
Stuart & Meriel Cashman
Brian & Terri Firpo
Gregg & Julie Nicholson
John & Melody Hunt
Thomas & Teresa Wilson
Wayne & Amy Newsome
Brett & Taylor Rayl
Coby & Pamela McGinty
Rhett & Holly Wheeler
Daymark Counseling, Gordon Bals
Restore Ministries, Julie Sparkman
Route1520 & Undone/Redone, Traylor and Melody Lovvorn
Search Ministries, Craig Branch
Wellspring, Mark Guzzo
Sav-A-Life Shelby & Vestavia
Immanuel Counseling, Mike Williams
Urban Hope Community Church, Alton & Sandra Hardy
Clerestory & Jobs for Life, Greg Mixon, Mark Gell, Beth Drennen
InSpero, Gina Hurry & Nancy Carroll
Hope Health Clinic, Tom Edwards
Urban Avenues, Five Loaves, Fishcamp Films, John Lankford
Urban Young Life, Sedrick Moore
Sacred Road, Chris & Mary Granberry
Common Ground, Bryan Kelly
RUF - Alabama, Stewart Swain
RUF - Auburn, Wes Simmons
RUF - BSC, Tom Franklin
RUF - Samford
RUF - Jacksonville State, Grant Carroll
RUF - Covenant College,
RUF - UCLA, Becca Mason
RUF - International, Auburn, Matthew DeLong
Campus Outreach International - Troy Univ, Raul & Vivian Pacheco
Nashville Navigators, Doug Heen