MPC takes Christ's commission to take the Good News to all
nations literally. An important byproduct of this belief is our
mission outreaches; locally, nationally and internationally.
Missions has, for many years, averaged 16% to 20% of our
annual budget and funds are annually distributed to
approximately 25 various line items, educational institutions or
mission organizations. The intended goal of our support for all
projects is to reach people with the gospel and to assist fellow
Christians in meeting their needs.
Locally, the missions of MPC include our ministry to the
homeless on the east end as well as those in need of food, clothes
and household goods. The east end homeless population is
reached through MPC’s participation as a host site for the John’s Place homeless mission.
Every winter, from November through March, MPC hosts our John’s Place guests for an
overnight in the church social hall. Dinner, breakfast, lunch to go, showers, clothes, clean
linen, cots, games and music are provided to the guests every Thursday evening, with MPC
also serving as the host church responsible to prepare the dinner on the second Thursday of
each month. Church members volunteer to cook, clean, organize the
showers and stay overnight with the guests.
Stephen Ministry, a worldwide organization that is chartered with the training of lay persons
to come alongside those who are going through a life crises or change, was first
commissioned at MPC in March of 2003. Stephen Ministry is seen at MPC as an extension of
the pastoral care team and in that role, is critical to the overall care of the congregation and is
also extended to persons related to the congregation as the need arises. They provide Christ-centered,
confidential, personal and loving care to individuals who are in the midst of
various life crises. Among other things, these could be related to a crisis involving health,
finance, circumstance or relationship. Stephen Ministers are available to hurting people for as
long as the relationship is needed to come alongside them as friend, advocate, prayer partner;
someone who cares like Christ. It is a much loved and respected, thriving ministry at
MPC with 35 trained and commissioned Stephen
Ministry lay care givers under four trained
Stephen Ministry leaders.