When people mention missions, most typically think of going across the world to spread the Gospel. Our guest today, however, discusses the importance of local missions. His name is Chris Tress, and he ministers to people in an inner city in Florida. He is passionate about the poor and oppressed in the United States and has a heart to mentor kids in the unchurched communities.
As a local missionary, Chris seeks to break down the segregation between churches, and he encourages suburban churches to reach out to the poorer communities with the love of Christ. Throughout the interview, he speaks with deep conviction about reaching the marginalized and unnoticed of our culture.
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What we talked about
[00:42] – Episode summary
[01:09] – Introduction
[02:56] – What led you to local missions?
[04:26] – Challenges in everyday life
[10:10] – Living in the Kingdom while facing the world
[12:05] – Meaningful verses
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. (John 15:3, NIV)
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace. (Acts 20, verse 24, NIV)
[16:23] – Remembering our First Love with Jenny Beth Gardner
[19:43] – What is exciting you about ministry?
[26:18] – The impact of mentoring
[32:22] – Uniting cultures and races through Christ
[34:53] – Struggling with segregation
[37:10] – Internet and book resources
[39:28] – Parting advice and contact info
Chris's church website: Bow Down Church
Resources & Contact Info
- The Making of a Disciple by Dr. Keith Phillips
- Out of Ashes by Dr. Keith Philips
- Books by John Perkins (Also available from Audible)
- Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (Also available from Audible)
- Bow Down Church
- The Transformational Education Network Ten3
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