At Christ Presbyterian Church, we care deeply about reaching the world with the love of Christ. We desire to both support and equip the missionaries we support to spread the gospel to people from every tribe and language and people and nation. (Rev. 5:9b)
At CPC, we are also passionate about helping our local community and caring for our neighbors. We seek to show the love and compassion of Jesus to the vulnerable and hurting in our community.
Here are the current organizations that CPC supports in our community and beyond.
Camp Joy www.campjoycem.com
Camp Joy is a Christian Co-Ed camp serving those with special needs. It is coordinated with Christian Education Ministries. Camp Joy currently has individual sessions held each summer in Flat Rock, North Carolina; two in Aiken, South Carolina; one in Lake Wales, Florida, one in Lake Placid, Florida, and one in Virginia. In 2020 one was started in Memphis, Tennessee. These sessions serve hundreds of special needs campers, counselors, and staff members each year.
Christian Motorcyclists Association www.cmausa.org
The Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) is an interdenominational Christian non-profit organization established in 1975. Its purpose is to evangelize to the motorcycling community. The organization has grown to over 185,000 members and over 1200 chapters in all 50 states, and then gained chapters in 31 foreign countries through the CMA International Ministry. CMA members are dedicated to reaching people for Christ on the highways and byways through motorcycling. Our CPC members, Wayne and Michelle Metcalf, have been members of CMA for over 20 years, serving as state and chapter leaders.
Dollar-A-Day Jar for Christmas Outreach in India
Dollar-A-Day was started by CPC when a mission team from our church was visiting the mission church that we helped to build, All Nations Worship Center, on the outskirts of Bangalore, India in a place where there were no other churches. We noticed that the people earned about a dollar per day at their jobs. Even though the people are poor, we saw how selflessly the members work in the church and give what they can to support the mission. Dollar-A-Day is a way to encourage the church volunteers and to reach out to the community. The funds CPC collects throughout the year are used at Christmastime to provide a dinner during the annual Christmas program for 300-500 unchurched people from the surrounding neighborhood and to bless the church volunteers with gifts of food, kitchenware, and clothing. You may donate to Dollar-A- Day by placing cash in the Dollar-A-Day jar in the back of the church sanctuary.
F.E.L.T. (Feeding Empty Little Tummies) www.feltinc.org
In Manatee County, there are approximately 3,500 homeless, and many of these are children. Though these kids receive food while they are at school, on the weekends they are at risk for going hungry. F.E.L.T. volunteers fill backpacks with food for needy children to take home so they have something to eat over the weekend. CPC assists through church food drives as well as giving financial assistance to F.E.L.T.
North River Care Pregnancy Center www.northrivercare.org
North River Care Pregnancy Center exists to show compassion to women and their families facing a crisis pregnancy through assistance with their material needs, education on all available options and restoring healthy relationships with Christ and others through counseling and Bible studies. North River Care opened in 1998 and has served over 2,000 women who have faced a crisis pregnancy by offering hope and encouragement throughout the process of pregnancy and post-pregnancy. They believe that with the help of Jesus Christ, proper education and support, every woman can make it through an unplanned pregnancy. They walk with clients every step of the way and help in every way possible.
Open Hearts Ministry www.ohmin.org
Open Hearts Ministry's mission is to train people to cultivate communities of care where stories of pain and abuse can be spoken, heard, and redeemed. Their process combines teaching and small group (Journey Group) time to help leaders learn how to care well for others and find words to express what they themselves have often held in secret for years. They are a sending ministry whose aim is to train individuals to facilitate the curriculum and send them out to create their own Journey Group ministries in their churches and communities. Our own members, Jim and Pat Keller, serve as volunteers with Open Hearts in the U.S. as well as internationally. Pat has been with the Ministry since its inception as a ministry to women. Jim joined in serving about 20 years ago.
Pastor Otoniel Martinez with Sembradores Church Planting Organization
Sembradores is a multi-denominational training movement that equips leaders across forty-two (42) evangelical denominations, throughout Cuba. They follow up and mentor missionaries that go through their training and plant a church. Sembradores (Seed Casters) is a Cuban Church Planting organization headed by Pastor Oto. Over the past decade, Sembradores trained church planters have planted over 800 churches in Cuba. Their vision also includes sending missionaries abroad because they have access to some countries that other nationalities do not.
Anne Adrian with International Students Inc. (ISI) www.isionline.org
International Students, Inc. exists to share Christ’s love with the over a million university students that come to the US from all over the world. God has given us an unprecedented opportunity to reach students who are “the best and brightest” and will someday be influencers in their own cultures!! Our goal is to befriend them, share the love of Christ with them and disciple them to be mature followers of Jesus, serving His Church. We work with local churches to help them see this strategic vision, recruit and train them to reach across cultural barriers to build genuine bridges of friendship that we pray God will use to bring them to Himself. Anne has worked with ISI for 18 years and now ministers in the surrounding communities of Lakeland, Tampa and Bradenton/Sarasota, while also mentoring younger staff across the nation.
Selah Freedom www.selahfreedom.com
Selah Freedom is a Christian faith based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with programs based in Florida and the Midwest. Their mission is to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited through five strong programs: Awareness, Prevention, Outreach, Residential, and Consulting. 87% of survivor graduates of their Residential & Outreach Programs do not return to "the life."
Church on the Move www.iemovimiento.org/our-pastor
Church on the Move is a new church, born in the Fall of 2019 in the city of Lake Placid, Florida. The church began in Pastor Timothy Sewell's living room with a group of 8 people, and has grown to be not only a multi-ethnic church, but also a multi-generational one with a heart dedicated to reaching those far from God.
Joel and Sarah serving in Central Asia
Sarah is the daughter of the founding pastor of CPC. Joel and Sarah with their 3 small children are doing evangelism and discipleship in Central Asia with the goal of seeing people reached and churches planted.
Dan and Emma Vincent with Cru www.cru.org
The mission of FSU Cru can be summed up in 4 words: Win, Build, Send, Launch. God has called all Christians through the Great Commission to “Go, and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18) and that’s what we want to do at FSU Cru! We put on a variety of events, engage in intentional discipleship times throughout the week, form small group bible studies, and provide missions opportunities for students at FSU. Thank you for your faithful support and partnership in this ministry. You are truly helping more students hear the Gospel, grow in their faith, and be sent out of college to live as faithful followers of Jesus.
A Door of Hope www.adoorofhope.com
A Door of Hope Biblical Foster Care's mission is to provide hope for kids in crisis by fulfilling the spiritual mandate to care for the modern-day orphan. Their vision is to provide a Christian home for every foster child in West-Central Florida.
Urban Youth Justice (UYJ)
Pedro Rodriquez founded this non-profit gospel-centered mission in order to reach juvenile offenders for Jesus Christ. The ministry involves evangelizing those who are in detention centers by sharing the Word and gospel-centered music, as well as facilitating an ongoing mentoring program for those who are interested. This ministry is exactly what Jesus meant when he commanded us to reach out to those in need (i.e. the vulnerable).
Florida Presbytery Forty in Ten Church Planting Vision
The Florida Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARPC) is on fire for planting churches! We have cast a bold vision to plant forty churches over the next ten years! Currently, the Presbytery has eight active church plants (in Florida and beyond – we also have works in Oklahoma and Minnesota!). This endeavor is an extremely sacrificial and expensive one. The estimated financial cost to plant forty churches is approximately $2.5 million. As a church planting church, CPC is fully on board with this broad vision to add to the kingdom of God! In addition to giving to this wonderful mission as a church, we are encouraging all of our congregants (and anyone else who is willing) to support the Florida Presbytery in the church planting efforts.
CPC Church Planting Fund
At CPC we are a church planting church! We have a gospel vision to plant churches across our region and beyond! Currently, we are in the process of planting our very first daughter church in Parrish, FL! Church planting is a sacrificial and expensive endeavor. Each year, we allocate $10,000 from our annual budget to specifically go to our own church planting projects. We are always looking for additional donations from those who are willing and able to support church planting at CPC! Please consider supporting this most important gospel mission.