Jesus told believers to touch their world by starting where they are, making an impact in “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 needed. In the future, we hope to develop an afterschool program to be more intentional in sharing Christ with students in our community—as well as their families.
We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes during the school year as well, helping our community connect through a common language. Many refugees & immigrants come to this country without a command of English, so this ministry helps fill in the gaps. This ministry is held weekly from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Check church calendar for details.
Another Jerusalem mission partner is the Re-Creation Outreach Center (ROC) here in Garland. We support this community ministry, where volunteers staff a crisis pregnancy center, weight room, and other community connection programs. We often help them with a school supply drive in mid-late August to help kids get ready for a new school year.
Northlake also partners with the Dallas Baptist Association (DBA) for local ministry 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 U.S.A. (outside Texas). 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 the Lone Star State. Over the years, this “Samaritan” partnership has led us to an inner-city church in Cincinnati, Ohio… a retreat center in northern Alabama…a Native American church in Oklahoma City…and a Christian camp just north of Mobile, Alabama. Mission teams have worked with building projects, helped with VBS programs, hosted block parties, and provided resources to help churches and ministry organizations expand and excel.
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. For several years, we took teams to Honduras, working with Buckner International to serve orphanages and community centers in San Pedro Sula. Volunteers 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!