Our Missions Ministry equips disciples of Christ to share God’s love through gifts and service, creating hope and sustainable opportunities for those in need.
The Mission’s Ministry here at Birmingham First is a dynamic outreach ministry made up of 26 major mission project areas headed by more than 40 task force leaders and hundreds of volunteers. Sixteen of our mission projects are right here in the Metro Detroit Area. In addition to these, we participate in and support five projects across the U.S. and another five international projects. Also, many of our families, children and students participate in local, state, national and international mission projects. You can learn about these mission areas in other links on this website.
We support missionaries in Costa Rica. Their support comes, in part, from the operating budget here at Birmingham First as well as other partnering churches around the United States.
Our members support and participate on nine U.S. and international Volunteer in Mission (VIM) work teams annually. These VIM teams have constructed schools, orphanages, clinics, help centers, churches and parsonages. Each year we send dental and optical medical teams to Haiti. We hope to expand this medical ministry in the coming years. All VIM teams pay their own expenses and raise money to support their projects. They also receive some project money from the annual Partners in Missions budget.
The Mission’s Ministry is funded primarily from two sources. Approximately half of our funding comes from our church’s operating budget, about $45-48,000. These funds also provide part of the funds necessary to support our many projects here in Michigan as well as around the world. The other half, or about $50,000, of our funding comes from a semi-annual Partners in Missions Appeal. Around Easter and Christmas we make an appeal to our congregation for money to support our vast mission’s ministry. Some additional funds come from the Mission Candle donations and other miscellaneous donations.
It is our hope and prayer that everyone at Birmingham First will “partner” with us through their donations and participation in supporting this vital ministry. Through PIM funding, each member has an opportunity to participate in our mission and outreach. With the funds we receive through this appeal, our mission ministry will grow and continue to provide hope, help and love to so many of our brothers, sisters and children in need, in our area and around the world.
Watch the video to see how we reach out to those in need.
You can learn more about each of these mission areas and projects by visiting the Here I Am Lord kiosk in Fellowship Hall each Sunday morning or by contacting our mission’s coordinator, Bev Richardson, here at Birmingham First.