We are sent to share the embodied gospel
GOD IS DOING A NEW THING!
Missio Church is a new church in South Durham. Didi and Amber Wong, along with their three boys, moved back to Durham summer 2020 to prepare for this work. The Missio Core Group started meeting in June 2021 to be equipped to start this church.
In February 2022, the Core Group multiplied into three small groups (Missio Groups) meeting at different times during the week to build community with one another and to reach their neighborhoods.
Worship services began Easter Sunday 2022 and continue on Sundays 4:30-5:45pm in the Christus Victor Lutheran Church building (1615 NC-54, Durham NC 27713). Dress is casual.
Missio Church is a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). As Christians, we affirm the ecumenical creeds of the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. As Presbyterians, we affirm the Westminster Confession of Faith. We emphasize what unites us as Christians. We welcome all who are curious about our expression of faith.
- Sat, Jun 10Address shared before event.Jun 10, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PMAddress shared before event.You are invited to join a group of 6-8 adults and their children for a meal and guided discussion aimed at drawing out the breadth and depth of experiences and backgrounds amongst us. Organic discussion over dessert will be facilitated through simple mutuality discussion cards.
- Multiple DatesSun, Jun 11Durham
Missio Groups are not just one ministry of Missio Church. Missio Groups are the church on mission through mutuality.
The question is not, "What can I get out of Missio Groups?" Rather, the question is, "How can God use me and my spiritual gifts through Missio Groups?"
Join our groups to experience community within and build community locally in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces, and in our affinities. We strive to love God by following God's call to "love your neighbor as yourself" as we go about life in this world.
Contact Pastor Didi to see which group would fit you best (firstname.lastname@example.org)! We are also always ready to start new groups.
LOVING NEIGHBORS LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY
Missio Durham seeks to partner with other non-profits and churches, locally and globally, for the purpose of living out our vision.
PARKTOWN FOOD HUB
Parktown Food Hub is an awesome local food pantry that is providing food and bringing people together in the Parkwood neighborhood of South Durham. Missio Durham is glad to begin partnership with Parktown Food Hub by adopting the canned bean shelf in their pantry. We provide 150 canned beans a month and volunteer at special events. Here is a description from their website:
"The Parktown Food Hub is a community-based effort to bring people together around food, something that every single human being requires. We all need food, and we all need community, friends, relationships.The Parktown Food Hub seeks to be a spot where all of those needs can be met."
TRINITY CHURCHES, ZIMBABWE
Mutare Trinity Church (MTC) and New Life Trinity Church (NLTC) are church plants in Mutare and 60 miles outside of Mutare respectively. They are affiliated with the denomination REACHZim (Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church in Zimbabwe). MTC was planted in 2019 by Pastor Washington and his wife Roina. They were experiencing encouraging growth until the pandemic hit. COVID19 brought many struggles to the church plant and the country of Zimbabwe. NLTC was planted at a "growth point", which is a rural area that is being developed into a town, at the end of 2022 by Pastor Washington.
Missio Durham has given financial support for weekly worship rental in the midst of exorbitant rental markets, and for other needs. We continue to prayerfully explore what deeper partnership with MTC looks like beyond mutual prayer and encouragement in church planting work.
ABOUT MISSIO CHURCH
"As my Father sent me, I am sending you." - Jesus
WE ARE SENT TO SHARE THE EMBODIED GOSPEL
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
The Apostle John
GOD'S WORK - God works and we participate. It is God’s work of creating, renewing, and blessing this world, and we participate by listening to and following Him.
MISSION - God sends us on His mission to joyfully participate in restoring humanity to Himself and renewing this world. Our joyful purpose and discipleship in Jesus are wrapped up in our being sent.
CENTERING GOSPEL - God centers us around his gospel message of love – individually and together. The gospel is God’s work of creating, renewing, and blessing this world through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
MUTUALITY - God made us different people and engaging our differences help us more fully reflect the image of God and therefore the character of God. Our differences are many and beautiful but include personality, background, socio-economic status, ethnicity, and culture. We need each other.
EMBODIMENT - God creates us to be tangible expressions of Jesus’ love. Jesus is the embodied gospel. We authentically share the message of Jesus through our words, our actions, and our lives.
TRANSFORMATION - God transforms us from death to life and darkness to light through the Word of God – Jesus revealed in the Scriptures.
Didi dramatically came into relationship with Jesus as an atheist at the age of 16. He has ministered in many different contexts within the church and in many different locations- both in the States and his hometown of Hong Kong. But no matter his ministry role or location, the thing that remains constant is that Didi loves people, loves hearing their stories, and loves helping people experience how the truth of God's ongoing story transforms our lives.
Didi has contemplated church planting for the last decade. In 2020, God made a clear call for he and Amber to return to Amber's hometown of Durham to start a church for people of all different backgrounds and with a focus on sharing the embodied gospel.
If you would like to listen to a recent message by Didi, please click on this link.
We are most excited about Missio Church for a number of reasons. My wife is a Durham native and we have lived in South Durham since 2006. Over that time, we have seen our community become more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity and culture. Indeed, the nations are coming to Durham… Didi and Amber Wong are uniquely suited for a time such as this… Didi’s collaborative leadership style puts others at ease and draws out their unique perspectives and strengths. We look forward to working under Didi’s direction to embody the Gospel to our diverse neighbors.
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