Jesus told believers to touch their world by starting where they are, making an impact in their “Jerusalem.” In Northlake’s Acts 1:8 Mission Model that means investing close to home.
During the school year, we have several volunteers who serve at Weaver Elementary School, helping teachers and staff in a variety of ways. We work with students in reading, math, and other subjects as well as working with the school in community engagement projects. In time, we hope to develop an after-school program to be more intentional in sharing Christ with students and their families.
We also offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes during the school year, helping our community connect through a common language. Many refugees & immigrants come to this country without the ability to communicate; this ministry helps to fill in the gaps. ESL classes are offered weekly from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Wednesdays. Check church calendar for details.
Northlake also partners with the Dallas Baptist Association (DBA) for local ministry engagement efforts, working with other area churches to impact Dallas and Rockwall counties.
Northlake students fulfill this part of our Mission Model—what Jesus labeled “Judea” and we interpret as missions here in Texas—traveling each summer to places like Port Arthur, Amarillo, and the border to share God’s love. Northlake students have invested in hurricane clean-up, Vacation Bible School, door-to-door evangelism, and personal mission projects. For several years, we partnered with City Church in downtown Amarillo, where students prepared and delivered meals for 2,000+ children, presented VBS to local children, and helped to host a city-wide festival that ministers to hundreds of people—most of whom are either homeless or fiscally-impoverished.
We connect this portion of our mission model with ministry in the USA outside the Lone Star State. Each summer, we encourage members to take part in this effort—what we call our FAMILY MISSION TRIP—as we serve God’s Kingdom beyond our state borders. Over the years, this “Samaritan” partnership has led us to places like an inner-city church in Cincinnati, Ohio… a Christian retreat center outside Cullman, Alabama…a Native American church in Oklahoma City…and a Christian camp in Citronnelle, Alabama. Mission teams have pursued building projects, staffed VBS programs, hosted block parties, and provided resources to help churches and ministry organizations serve their own communities.
The last portion of our Acts 1:8 Mission Model means that we (literally) reach around the world! Northlake has sent teams to numerous countries—from Columbia to Hungary, from Chile to East Germany, from Mexico to Romania, from Guatemala to Greece, and from Brazil to Austria, and even Peru. For several years, we took teams to Honduras, working with Buckner International to serve orphanages and community centers in San Pedro Sula. Volunteers have distributed donated items, taught children about God’s love through VBS, and tried to connect with kids that society has left behind…so they could see and hear about God’s amazing grace!
We encourage you to engage the work of missions—moving beyond pew-centered comfort zones to Christ-centered sacrifice. Take a mission trip, make a donation to mission projects,
pray for missionaries, feed your mission passion…
so THEY can see HIM in YOU!