Why Missions is the Heartbeat of the Local Church

Pastor David Wigington of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Bloomington, Indiana joins us to discuss why missions ministry can’t be seen as a ministry of the local church. It must be the very heartbeat of it.

Today’s conversation is with Pastor David Wigington. David pastors Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Bloomington, Indiana. He’s the author of God of the Long View: Trusting a Timeless God in a Hurried World. And David has led his church to make missions central to everything they do.

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David discusses why missions ministry isn’t just another ministry of the local church; it must be the church’s very heartbeat. David shares how Cornerstone have been able to make such a major impact around the world because missions is central to everything they do.

Every member of Cornerstone is encouraged and even expected to be engaged in missions. It could be giving a suggested amount at a major missions offering; participating in a short term missions trip; hosting a missionary and their family for a meal in their home; or sponsoring a child in the Dominican Republic through OneChild. But because missions is central to Cornerstone’s DNA, it’s critical that everyone has an opportunity to be a part of missions.

And finally, David share why effective missions ministry has to be planned out. David lives this out so intentionally that he plans out the missions efforts of Cornerstone more than he plans out his sermon series. David explains that he understands that the entire purpose of the local church is to take the Gospel to the world, and because of this everything the church does is built around fulfilling that calling.

Check out David’s book “God of the Long View”

Learn more about Cornerstone Christian Fellowship


Welcome to The Missions Pastor Podcast, presented by OneChild. OneChild is a global community of Child Champions that serves children in poverty so they can discover hope and reach their God-given potential. We believe that the local church has the message of Hope that the world desperately needs to hear. And in every episode, we highlight churches, pastors, and ministries who are working to bring that HOPE to hard places.

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