WEEKLY MISSIONS MINUTE
Check out the videos below for quick updates on all our Missions initiatives!
IT’S IN OUR DNA
At Reliance Church, one of our core values is “Missional Living.” We articulate it like this: We live out a genuine faith and intentionally share that faith with others. In Jesus’ final words to His disciples before ascending to Heaven, He commands them (and us, His church) to:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:19-20
Known as the “Great Commission” this command is one we take seriously as we endeavor to “make disciples” at Reliance Church and beyond, that they may know, love, and serve Jesus by living missionally in all kinds of opportunities both locally and globally.
Reliance Church supports missionaries across the globe as they bring the Gospel to local communities in unique contexts of culture, language, and relationships. Missionaries are often called to unique forms of ministry. We’re blessed to support them in the many different forms they may take: from international church plants to ministry conferences to local Bible studies, outreach programs, leadership development, and more. We praise the Lord that His kingdom is a kingdom of every nation, tribe, and tongue!
By providing financial and/or operational support, we are able to take part in God’s global kingdom right here in Temecula! See the stories of our international missionaries and learn how you can support them through prayer, financial support, or simply getting in touch.
The Deaf Community is a vibrant group of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who are passionate about living in the joy of Christ. We host ASL classes, performances, and translation during our Sunday services.
Our growing Chinese community is a beautiful testimony of how the Gospel of Jesus transcends language and culture! Join a Bible study, find a group meetup, or learn more about Mandarin translation during our Sunday services.
Reliance Church is a “sending” church. We recognize the real need for Bible-teaching, Gospel-centered churches across the country and beyond. Part of our culture at Reliance is to raise up the next generation of pastors, teachers, and ministry leaders to eventually plant new churches as the Lord leads.
Since its inception, Reliance has sent out dozens of pastors and leaders and has been a part of seven different church plants worldwide. Learn more about our recent church plants:
Reliance Church supports the Cultivate Church Planting Initiative. Cultivate empowers and supports local churches to assess, train, and support new church planters and gospel-centered communities. We believe that the local church is the garden in which the church planters of tomorrow are cultivated.
UPCOMING MISSIONS TRIPS
Nigeria | April 8th-17th, 2024
Our mission is to facilitate the annual National Nigerian Pastors and Leaders Conference held at Calvary Chapel Abuja. We will help equip these pastors and ministry leaders for the work of the ministry and encourage them in the faith. We will see the property that the church has purchased and hope to develop it to expand its ministry. After the conference, we will visit other Calvary Chapel churches in Nigeria to support and encourage them. The cost of the trip is $2200 per person.
Brazil | April 23rd-May 6th, 2024
Our mission is to support the outreach ministries of Calvary Chapel Belem and support a pastors conference with the ministry of Pro-Ribeirinho, upriver from Belem. While in the city, the team will be involved in street evangelism, church in the park, and other outreach opportunities; and will also help with construction work, repairs, and cleaning of the church building. Upriver, the team will assist with a pastors conference within a group of small communities of the Amazon River tributaries. The cost of the trip is $2300 per person.
Serbia | July 11th-22nd, 2024
Our mission is to facilitate the annual pastors and leaders conference for ministry workers from around the country. Our goal is to encourage and equip these faithful servants to minister in difficult situations. We’ll meet and join the Serbian ministers as we travel to the conference held at the Calvary Chapel Conference Center in Vajta, Hungary. We will also join Calvary Chapel in Budapest for their Sunday church services to see the work the Lord is doing. The cost of the trip is $2500 per person.
Meet our Missions Pastor
In 1990, Rod was called by God to head to Europe as a missionary with a focus on local church planting. He was involved in multiple church plants in Hungary, Serbia, and Austria, and was able to mentor and disciple many young pastors and leaders across the continent. From 1997 to 2005, he oversaw the Calvary Chapel Conference Centers and Bible Colleges in Austria and Hungary. After 15 years on the mission field, Rod returned to America and served as a director at the Calvary Chapel Conference Center in Murrieta and at Reliance Church in Temecula as the Missions Pastor and overseeing Leadership Development. In 2019, the Lord had a new work planned for the Thompson family as they boarded a plane to return to Europe where Rod served as the campus pastor at the Calvary Chapel Bible College in Montebelluna, Italy and in the local church in that city. After three years in Italy, Rod was called back to Temecula to join the staff at Reliance Church once again.
Want to learn more about Missions & Outreach at Reliance Church?