Missions

Missions

The Local Church is the Hope of the World!

Supporting Churches

Missions at Ada Bible is more than traveling and serving near or far. If we want to be a church that impacts the world (and we do), we start by helping other local churches be all that God calls them to be. The work of the local church changes communities and individuals. In a way—you can say the local church is the hope of the world!

Supporting local churches is more than sending them a check. We value investing in projects with other church leaders. When we train and equip churches here in West Michigan and on the other side of the earth—the Gospel spreads, communities revive and we see the impact in lives.

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Showing Compassion

Missions at Ada Bible partners with several churches and organizations to meet tangible needs. We do this as a church and it demonstrates God’s love and declares his Good News through compassion, evangelism, and discipleship.

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Serving People

Missions at Ada Bible shares the love of Christ by helping others engage in volunteer opportunities and trips. Serving others helps us grow in our own relationship with Christ, strengthens our relationships with other believers, and shows the love & hope of Christ to the world.

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Opportunities to Serve

Serving others helps us grow in our own relationship with Christ, strengthens our relationships with other believers, and shows the love & hope of Christ to the world. Here are a few opportunities to serve in our local community.

Alpha Men’s Center

Alpha is beginning construction on a new men’s center to reach young dad’s with services similar to the ones they offer women. They are looking for men to be mentors.

Alpha Women’s Center

The mission of Alpha Women’s Center of Grand Rapids is to share the hope of Christ to women facing unplanned pregnancies by affirming and promoting the sanctity of human life and strengthening the family through biblical principles. You can serve by

  • Mentors and class facilitators
  • Receptionist
  • Childcare
  • ESL teacher/tutor
  • Inventory volunteers
  • Building and maintenance
  • Mailing stuffers

Exalta Health

Reflecting the spirit of Christ, our mission is to provide compassionate, accessible healthcare for all. Currently, we serve all ages and provide urgent and primary medical care, vision, urgent and primary dental care, integrated behavioral health and spiritual care services.

Our small core of caring and competent staff is surrounded with many enthusiastic, mission-driven volunteers ranging from doctors and dentists to maintenance staff, all working together to create a wonderful environment for caring for our patients.

Grace’s Table

Young mom’s come to Grace’s Table with their kids on Friday evening. The volunteers bring a meal, serve the meal, and then after the moms eat – the volunteer’s play with the kids while the mom’s do a bible or practical study. It feeds these mom’s bodies and soul and is one of the coolest volunteer opportunities to do as a group.

ICCF – Inner City Christian Federation

CCF provides housing opportunities and services that encourage family responsibility and independence. Through its diverse programs, ICCF offers housing services along the entire continuum of housing needs, striving “to make places for families to come home to”. Its programs include emergency housing, long-term affordable rental and home ownership opportunities, educational services, home construction, and mortgage financing. You can serve by

  • Painting homes
  • Helping families move into new housing
  • Preparing and delivering frozen meals or baked goods for families
  • Offering childcare
  • Adopting an apartment

Hand2Hand

Hand2Hand exists because a hungry child hurts. The weekend is one of the most vulnerable times for a child who lacks food resources in the home. Hand2Hand delivers hope to hungry children, ages 3-18, by mobilizing churches, schools, businesses, and individuals to provide nutritious food over the weekends.

As a faith-based organization, Hand2Hand intentionally partners a local church with a local school. Church volunteers pray for each child as they pack their food. Currently, Hand2Hand partners with 106 churches who are feeding 6,000 students in 165 schools within 40 school districts throughout West Michigan.

Together, we can eliminate weekend childhood hunger in West Michigan! #WeAreHand2Hand

Home Repair Services

Home repair is a local organization that offers assistance with home repairs and also offers classes in home repair and improvement. They are looking for instructors and builders to help.

Kid’s Food Basket

Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger to help young people learn and live well. They began over ten years ago by serving 125 kids each school day through their Sack Supper program and now serve over 6,ooo kids each week day in greater Grand Rapids and Muskegon. You can serve by

  • Preparing and packing meals
  • Delivering meals to schools
  • Hosting a wish list drive

Mel Trotter Ministries

Mel Trotter provides programming for those that are hungry and homeless. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities including: administration, construction/painting, serving meals/prep/clean-up, games and activities with children in the Pathway Home, Life skill coaches, Recovery Support, Bible Studies, Chapel Services, Spiritual Advocates.

You can serve by helping:

  • With child care, food pantry, kitchen, retail store
  • As a chiropractor, RN/LPN, Dentist/hygienist, Optometrist/Optician, Medical Clinic
  • As a community Bible Study leader, shelter advocate assistant
  • Tutor, men’s recreation supervisor
  • Lead men or women’s groups/classes

New City Kids

New City Kids offers after-school programming for local low-income youth. Children and teens get a chance to explore music and academics in a creative and fun environment. Though there are many challenges of urban life, especially for youth, these programs give children a safe place to feel and hear that they are valued and loved. They need volunteers for meals, Work Days, Teen Tutoring, After school tutoring.

PRC – Pregnancy Resource Center

PRC Defends un-born children, meets needs of those unprepared for pregnancy, helps heal lives traumatized by abortion, and challenges people to embrace a biblical view of sexuality.

Safe Haven

Safe Haven offers emergency shelter, support groups, children’s programming for women and children who have been in abusive homes or situations. They need volunteers for childcare, group projects including Bible studies, meals, etc.

The Edge – Urban Church

The Edge is an Urban Church in Grand Rapids. They offer a variety of services and classes and are looking for men and women to mentor in a variety of different ways.

World Mission

World Mission delivers the Word of God in audio format (The Treasure) to oral learners living in unreached people groups. They are asking for your help at one of their partnered Thrift Centers to help raise funds for The Treasure to go to an unreached people group.  Serving Opportunities

  • Two locations (Grandville, Kentwood and on Plainfield) for a few hours at a time
  • Sorting, pricing, cashiering
  • Repair work, truck driving, cleaning or organizing

Volunteers in Service

Volunteers In Service mission is to help the Christian community answer the call to serve with an open mind and a ready heart. Their purpose is to help West Michigan churches witness Christ’s love in action. They help individuals, churches, deacons, small group leaders, and other church leaders discover the gifts of discipleship through training, resources, and volunteer opportunities.

FAQ's

Here are a few questions we are frequently asked about the Missions’ Ministry.

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  • What is the Ada Bible Missions Strategy?

    Ada Bible’s Missions Strategy is to support churches and projects with the goal of strengthening and encouraging churches locally and globally as they reach and serve their communities.
    Our strategy is focused in the following three areas:

    • Supporting Churches Through Training: We support projects that help local churches and pastors get the training and support they need to reach their communities for Christ.
    • Showing Compassion Through Churches: We support acts of service or humanitarian relief through churches and organizations that demonstrate Christ’s love and declare His Good News in their communities (such as working with shelters, giving tables, disaster relief, etc.).
    • Serving People Through Trips: We believe it is so important to help others build relationships with Christ and other communities. Several Ada Bible ministries coordinate trips to provide these opportunities. We provide spiritual formation trips (short-term missions trips), skilled professional trips (specified-skilled trips such as doctors, dentists, electricians, etc.) and training trips (pastor- or church-leader training).
  • Where does Ada Bible missions focus their work? Do they work in a particular country?

    Ada Bible does not specifically focus on certain countries for missions. Previously, most of the global mission work has been focused in Africa and Asia.

  • I am interested in serving opportunities. Do you have any suggestions?

    Please visit our serving page to find our local service opportunities perfect for your small group, family or organization.

  • I am an Ada Bible attender and involved in a great organization. How do we get on your list of local service opportunities?

    Please review our Missions Strategy above. If you believe the organization’s work aligns with us, contact the Director of Missions, Dessie Caulk. Please provide a brief introduction of yourself and the organization/project in the email.

  • I am a local pastor and would like some help with training from Ada Bible. How do I do that?

    One of our mission strategies is to help local pastors receive the training and support they need to reach their communities. If you are a local pastor who would like to receive more information about how we can help, contact the Director of Missions, mailto:missions@adabible.org.Dessie Caulk.

  • The organization I work for is interested in a grant from your Missions Department? Who do I talk to? How do I apply?

    Please review our Missions Strategy. If you believe your organization/work aligns with our Missions Strategy, please email our Director of Missions, Dessie Caulk.

    **Please note: a little over a year ago, Ada Bible moved from general or annual support for individuals to project-based support and programs.

  • I’m going on a short-term mission trip. Does Ada Bible provide any type of mission trip financial support?

    Ada Bible does not provide financial assistance to individuals. Our financial support is budgeted to supporting churches and projects rather than individuals. We would, however, love to hear what God does with you and your work. Please send us your stories to missions@adabible.org

  • My business is doing a fundraiser/event. Can I advertise through Ada Bible?

    Thank you for your interest in getting the word out about your fundraiser/event. At this time, Ada Bible does not advertise or fundraise for individuals, organization or companies. We encourage you to reach out to one of the projects listed earlier on this page, that would be a better fit for you.