Missions at Tampa Covenant Church: Our Vision and Mission Statement
God has been drawing the nations to Himself since creation and calls His followers to partner with Him in making obedient disciples and planting churches that thrive and multiply for His name sake. TCC is joining Him in this task because we desire to see Christ treasured in the hearts and modeled in the lives of all people. It is in this context that TCC holds to the following convictions:
- We believe we are called to minister to both reached and unreached peoples. This ministry should include evangelizing, church-planting, teaching, discipling and assisting people in both of these groups.
- We believe in God making all things new. His renewing work results in redemption of more than just the soul, encompassing all areas of life and culture. He calls his people to lay down their lives and to holistically follow Jesus.
- We believe the church is missional and that, just as the gospel is needed and should be delivered to remote countries, it is also necessary in our homes and across the street.
A Mission Experience
A TCC missionary talks about her experience in this video.
International Missionaries Supported By TCC
Having grown up the daughter of missionary parents in Haiti, Dawn Shoemaker has returned to Haiti as a member of Reciprocal Ministries International (RMI). The work of RMI places great emphasis on evangelism and church planting in unreached areas but also includes efforts in discipleship, social compassion, education, and community development. A unique aspect of RMI is its history of enabling churches in the USA to personally partner with them in the actual performance of various aspects of their work.
Web site: http://www.actingonfaith.org/
Ross and Aislinn Meyer
Tampa Covenant Church was the home church for Ross and Aislinn Meyer as they were growing up and, upon their graduation from Covenant College, the site of their wedding. Soon thereafter God called them to Bangladesh as missionaries where they worked for two years translating Biblical narratives into the vernacular tongue. More recently, they returned to the USA where Ross obtained his Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. They are now working among a largely Bangladeshi population in London through the sending agency called ‘Serge.’
Web site: serge.org
Steve and Christy Shepard
Church Planting International – The Amazon rain forest of eastern Peru and the Sierra Madre of western Mexico have been the major sites of activity for CPI, headed by Steve Shepard. Work in both nations has centered around several unreached native tribes and has specialized in the training of pastors and the construction of church buildings. As needs have arisen, additional compassion efforts have included shipments of food, arranging for medical and optical clinics, flood relief, and providing start-up funds for small businesses.
Based in Giessen, Germany, Daniella performs a major administrative role with Global Aid Network (GAiN), an international relief branch of CRU. GAiN has been responsible for providing food, clothing, and shelter in disaster areas throughout the world, focusing primarily in Europe and Asia. Significant effort has gone into responding to the needs of refugees throughout the Mid-East and Asia Minor in recent years.
Working in El Salvador, Asjia is a staff worker with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Having grown up in TCC, she now plays an important role in youth ministry in the capital city of San Salvador. Her major labors involve discipleship training and evangelism. This includes the orchestration of an annual Vacation Bible School involving the teaching, feeding, and recreating of over 150 participants.
Mike and Becky Kuelker
As part of the International Association of Missions (IAM) since 1997, Mike and Becky Kuelker work among the Huichol Indians of west-central Mexico near the city of Tepic. The Huichol claim descent from the ancient Aztecs, still speak a variant of the Aztec language, engage in shaman-like worship practices, and for centuries have tended to isolate themselves from outside influences. In recent years a number of churches have sprung up and it is among these that the Kuelkers work, providing leadership training, leading Bible studies, and engaging in children’s ministries.
Every Nation Ministries is part of a movement that seeks to honor God and advance His kingdom through church planting, campus ministry, and world missions. It is this mission agency through which Liana Alleyne, a native of west-central Florida and a graduate of FSU, works and has been called to the nation of Japan. She is currently based in Yokohama where she ministers to college students at three major universities.
OMF – Tai Dam
The Tai Dam (or Black Thai) are an unreached minority group in Southeast Asia with less than 0.1% Christians. We partner with a family* who is working with the Tai Dam to see churches planted and to provide God’s Word to them in their heart language. They are helping local Christians create and utilize an Oral Bible in their own language. They are currently working on selection and translation of Bible stories, and training local Christians in evangelism and reproducible church planting.
* Names and individual details are not listed for security reasons due to their location. Please contact the church office for contact information.
The Navigators college ministries are active on 160 campuses across the nation. We offer encouragement, support, and Life-to-Life™ discipleship on campus, sharing Jesus with about forty thousand students each year. Rachel Christofel serves as the Associate Campus Director at the University of South Florida, investing in and equipping students and staff to share the Gospel of Jesus on campus and grow in their faith. The Navigators at USF belief that these foundations will set them up to pursue Jesus for a lifetime and reach the nations for Him. Rachel also serves on the National Collegiate Leadership team and helps train staff nationally as part of the Cultural Development team, equipping staff to think with a kingdom mindset about God’s purpose for community made up of people from all ethnic backgrounds.
By supporting the work of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, TCC has extended its missionary efforts to multiple college and university campuses throughout the Tampa Bay area. The work of this organization has provided Christian witness through Bible studies, retreats, lectures, and evangelistic outreach to the University of South Florida, University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, and Hillsborough Community College.
Back row (L-R): Spencer, Rebekah, Roni
Front row (L-R): Amanda, Cindy, Vivian
The lives of missionaries and their families bear a unique set of mental, emotional, and spiritual strains which can be felt both on assignment and upon return to the USA. Compass Ministries is a mission care service which provides the necessary support for missionaries and their families as they face such strains. This is accomplished through counseling, training, and retreat events in order to enhance missionary resilience and to strengthen their overall mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
New Hearts Outreach
New Hearts Outreach is a Tampa-based ministry dedicated to the healing of individuals struggling with various forms of sexual addiction, including pornography, prostitution, and homosexuality. Methods used include one-on-one counseling, support group participation, and daily accountability – all on a background of didactic Bible-based teaching, prayer, and reliance on God’s grace for ultimate restoration of sexual and relational wholeness.
No More Foundation
The No More Foundation is a ministry dedicated to acts of mercy and justice in confronting the social ills of our day, both domestic and international. Through the work of Jamie and Tammy Kent and their co-workers, the message of Christ is heralded to both doer and receiver, vowing that there will be No More . . . hunger, sex trafficking, homelessness, sickness, injustice . . .
The stated mission of Metropolitan Ministries is to care for the homeless within our community through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity, and instill self-sufficiency as an expression of the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ. Toward that end, this agency has provides people in need with food, clothing, shelter, and other vital services. Over the years, Tampa Covenant Church has assisted Metropolitan Ministries by providing regular monetary support and by donating food, clothing, medical supplies, and volunteer workers.
New Life Solutions
A ministry offering support to women, New Life Solutions provides a multi-faceted program of assistance to those facing life-changing decisions related to pregnancy. The ministry is dedicated to providing factual information about pregnancy, thus empowering women to make healthy and informed decisions. Services include pregnancy tests, health and safety checklists, ultra-sound examinations, life-affirming counseling, and pregnancy support groups. Also included are programs for middle school and high school youth to promote healthy life styles, single parent residential services, and post-abortion grief recovery counseling.
Christian Family Life
Promoting healthy marriages and strengthening relationships within families are the primary goals of Christian Family Life. Approaching fifty years in ministry and now international in its reach, this organization pursues its goals through a combination of written resources, training conferences, and counseling. Its ‘Two Becoming One’ study has helped many Christian couples build faith-based marriages and is offered several times per year at TCC.