Mission and Mobilization

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We exist to help people find and follow Jesus, and in Mark 10:45, Jesus says, "...even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve...", and we take this to heart by partnering with local organizations in serving people in need in our community, by supporting missionaries in their work domestically (e.g., college campus ministries) and globally (e.g., overseas missionaries working on Bible translation, etc.), by sending teams to serve "the least of these" in impoverished parts of the world, and by serving one another and meeting needs within our church family.

If you are ready to reach out and serve, many opportunities are available to you:

  • Learn how to help during the CoViD-19 pandemic
  • Learn about our denominational missionaries
  • Volunteer with our community partners
  • Learn about short-term mission trips
  • Make yourself available to help others in our church family

Check out the links below!

  • Ways you can help during the covid-19 pandemic

    Some of us are staying home at this time. That's okay--be safe. Some of us are meeting in person on Sunday mornings--good to worship together, even if it is a little bit different. All of us can still serve others in a variety of ways. Here are some ideas.

    Click here for ideas and opportunities.

  • Our missionaries

    Our church supports several denominational missionaries in various places around the world. We can also support them through prayer, and by helping them stay connected to our congregation through email and social media (yes, the Internet does reach the remote hills of the Philippines), and in a variety of other ways. 

    Click here to learn more about our missionaries.

  • Community partners

    One of the most important ways that we show how much we "love where we live" is by partnering with several important community service organizations. Rather than reinvent the wheel by coming up with a ministry of our own, we choose to identify existing organizations that are doing excellent work and come alongside them with both financial support and volunteers. Our community partners include (click the links for details and volunteer opportunities):

  • Short-term mission trips

    From time to time we organize week-long mission trips to other countries--primarily construction teams, but occasionally we send a medical team. In recent years our focus has been primarily on Haiti, but in previous years we sent teams to Peru and to the Dominican Republic. A domestic mission trip to Jackson, Kentucky, was planned for 2020 but has been postponed. We'll let you know when it's rescheduled!

    Click here to learn more about mission trips.

  • weekly Prayer focus: night to shine

    Seven years ago, the Tim Tebow Foundation began a celebration of honoring persons with special needs in a unique fashion. Night To Shine is a prom-like celebration—music, games, dancing, and food, culminating in the honored guests being crowned Queens and Kings for the night. The Gospel message is also shared with the guests toward the end of the evening. This year, due to Covid, our guests will drive through our church parking lot in a red carpet celebration before the virtual party online. At River City, they’ll pick up a swag bag, have their vehicles decorated, get their photo taken, get a meal from Chick-fil-a and a custard treat from Freddy’s, receive a crown or tiara, and experience a lot of loving, cheering, and praising to the royalty they are in God's eyes and in the hearts of those of us at River City Church. They’ll then go back to their residence and watch a virtual prom party hosted by Tim Tebow. He will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and crown the guests Queen or King of the prom. The drive-thru event, Shine-Thru, is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

    Please Pray:
    • Honored guests age 14 and up will register for the event
    • People in and around the Lawrence area will be open to share and invite the honored guests
    • The city of Lawrence and Douglas County will promote and support our efforts
    • The volunteers will have a heart to lift up our honored guests in a way that honors God
    • The joy of the Lord will flow out of our volunteers to our honored guests
    • The creative natures of our volunteers will be uniquely used to show God's love
    • That all people involved with Night To Shine will remain healthy through the planning and implementation of this event
    • That our church will be known for our love for others
    • That our church volunteers will be vigilant to keep our guests safe, especially during this pandemic

    Visit findandfollowjesus.org/night-to-shine to learn more.