God’s mission in the world is the lens through which we discern our ministries, our outreach initiatives, and the use of our resources. Every follower of Jesus is called out to bring hope to others throughout the world. God’s mission for the church was given by Jesus to the disciples in the Great Commission:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)
Accordingly, missions at Arrow Heights is not a single ministry, but a core value that guides all ministries and functions of the church.
Each month Arrow Heights emphasizes one of our local missions or seasonal missions offerings. Click here to view the current monthly mission emphasis.
The Cooperative Program
Arrow Heights is a cooperating Southern Baptist congregation, and as such a big component of our missions effort is participation in the Southern Baptist Cooperative Program. The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of their respective state convention and the Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries. When you give a tithe or offering to Arrow Heights, a percentage of that gift automatically goes to this program, providing for missionary work around the globe.
Seasonal Missions Offerings
In addition to our ongoing financial support through the Cooperative Program, Arrow Heights also participates in seasonal Southern Baptist mission offerings. These offerings include the IMB Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, the NAMB Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, and the Oklahoma Baptist (BGCO) Edna McMillan Oklahoma state offering. These annual offerings are unique and vitally important in that 100% of all funds contributed go directly to missionaries on the field, and no portion goes to support the SBC infrastructure.
Arrow Heights is active in local missions as well, lending prayer, financial and physical support to a variety of local humanitarian and evangelistic organizations in the greater Tulsa area. God has raised up individuals from within our church to lead such successful outreach ministries as Hospitality House and Get Out the Bus. Arrow Heights members volunteer their time and resources every week to these organizations and others like them, such as The Spring (formerly DaySpring Villa), Hope Pregnancy Center, Community Share House, Arms Around BA, Hope Is Alive, Owasso Baptist Children’s Home and many more. In addition, Arrow Heights is also an active member and supporter of the Tulsa Metro Baptist Network.
North American Missions & International Missions
Arrow Heights is also actively involved with both national and international mission trips. Through prayer, financial support, and physical support, Arrow Heights provides several opportunities for members to be personally involved in meeting the needs of missionaries and their communities. We are currently offering the opportunity to serve in the following areas through the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the International Mission Board (IMB):
- New York
Previously our summer 2019 mission trip was to the New York City area. Adults, college students, & youth at Arrow Heights served in COMMUNITY MISSIONS through the North American Mission Board. Participants were on mission by becoming personally involved in meeting the needs of a church plant and its community. Arrow Heights is in a long term partnership with NAMB missionaries Jordan & Becky Sauceda. The Saucedas have been in NYC since June 2016, and launched their church plant, Everlasting Church, in 2017.
Arrow Heights will be taking mission teams to the following areas during the summer of 2021:
- New York