For over a century, the Alliance family has joined together to bring the gospel to the least reached parts of our world. How? By extending our reach to the most neglected and by raising up networks of churches that multiply gospel access. But we aren’t done yet. Today over 4,000 people groups, representing 40% of our world’s population, have little or no chance to hear the message of Jesus. But opportunities to walk into a country and proclaim His name are fewer and fewer. In today’s world, we must establish a meaningful, impactful gospel presence in every community we enter.
Missions is Important
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- Alliance international workers will be required to complete a minimum of two years in Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience (ALME). During this season of preparation, workers are coached in the key competencies needed for effective cross-cultural ministry.
- Adopt a Third Culture Kid from one of our families serving overseas and help them know they are prayed for and cared for in very age-specific ways.
- We are here to help you develop the awareness and engagement of missions within your church to fulfill the Great Commission.
- A strategic partnership with an Alliance field is two-ways and can greatly impact the communities on both sides of the partnership.
- Turn curiosity into in-person experience to revitalize missions in your heart and church.
The Great Commission Fund
The Great Commission Fund (GCF) is the singular privilege of the Alliance family – to all give to one fund (even from the smallest church) that then sends out more than 700 workers all around the world to bring gospel access and discipleship training to the least reached segments of God’s creation. In this way, we push back the darkness together while focusing on our unique callings and giftings.
Chicago has about 3 million people within its city limits, and it has an overall church attendance that is lower than the national average. We, as the church in the United States, must not neglect ministering to the people who are closest to us; especially if those people have never heard about the saving message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Envision Chicago is a diverse, incarnational ministry strategically located in the inner city of Chicago with two ministry hubs: Family Empowerment Center and South Asian Friendship Center. Both ministries offer service opportunities short-term teams, internships, and weekend volunteer opportunities.
Because it is our mission to compassionately love and serve our neighbors with a focus on the less-resourced families of our community, we devote ourselves to providing services that will enable those in our community to take their next steps. There are more than 40 primary languages spoken in our community. Some of these languages represent people groups who are considered “unreached” by the gospel of Christ. We provide out-of-school programming to ensure children are served well and parents can work with peace of mind. We offer classes for English language learners so that they will have the skills they need to work, to advocate for their families, and to assimilate into their community successfully.
These programs, along with many other programs and available services, are the ways that we are creating opportunities for all people within our community. In this way, we hope to bring balance to systemic injustices and inequalities that exist. We believe that when an opportunity is matched with people’s desire to change, they are more likely to overcome negative circumstances in their lives and experience freedom and hope. People who experience freedom in their life journey often live in that freedom and help others rise as well.
We are located in the heart of Chicago’s Little India — an ethnically diverse neighborhood of people from India and Pakistan, as well as from Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan. Our community is comprised of many Muslims and Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Christians, and more. The South Asian Friendship Center is a place of welcome for the people of Chicago’s Little India. SAFC is where tutoring, ESL, youth and kids’ clubs, conversation and women’s luncheons happen. We extend our hand in friendship to the Devon Avenue community with the message of the Lord Jesus Christ, and love people of all ethnicities and religions. Our resource center offers Christian literature and media in a number of South Asian languages free of charge.
Called to missions?
We can help you define your call more clearly and know what your next steps are.
Alliance Missions: Specializations
Alliance Missions leverages four specialized structures to advance the gospel. Each has unique purpose and each is equally important to seeing gospel access for and from all peoples. This allows more room for more Alliance people to be more involved in Alliance missions than ever before!
Cross-cultural ministry opportunities can be found on the Serve section of the website for the National Office.