Glen Ellen Community Church includes as a regular part of its budget, a “tithe” to various outstanding ministries around the world. We count it a privilege to give back to others what the Lord has blessed us with here in Glen Ellen. (The third Sunday of each month, we will receive an update on our missions.) Some of the ministries we support are as follows:
In 2007, four Christian men came together through a series of independent conversations. They rallied around a passion to use their experiences from business to have an impact for the mission of Jesus Christ in regions of severe poverty and spiritual need.
As they prayed and sought council from other Christian leaders, the vision for Marketplace Ministries Worldwide began to emerge. Their emphasis is to start, assist, and empower businesses in the underdeveloped world, to minister to tangible needs and foster greater opportunity to minister to spiritual needs. Today, Marketplace Ministries Worldwide is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation engaged in establishing businesses as a platform to join God’s redemptive mission to the world.
The Redwood Gospel Mission, in the grace and power of Jesus Christ, mobilizes our community to minister to the needy so that lives can be transformed. While their emphasis is primarily in and around Santa Rosa, they also minister throughout Sonoma County, being a blessing in Jesus’ Name wherever possible.
The Rev. Joseph Sammy and his wife, Janu have an outreach ministry to the Asian Indian people in and around their home in Newark, Ca. They are involved in friendship evangelism, Bible Studies, discipleship training, and outreach meetings. They also conduct a Sunday morning worship service in the Hindi language.
SOMA Church in Santa Rosa is a young church plant serving the community of Santa Rosa. Pastor Paul and his team minister in Jesus’ Name throughout the community and are involved in many community events.
RBC Ministries is a global ministry whose mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Our mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Our vision is to see people of all nations experiencing a personal relationship with Christ, growing to be more like Him, and serving in a local body of His family.
Pastor Ryan Schindler
Pastor Ryan serves in a little church in Sonoma which ministers to local community members surrounding the little church. We are blessed to encourage Pastor Shindler and try and assist him a bit to carry on the work there in Sonoma.
Evangelical Free Church USA
Glen Ellen Community Church supports our denominational leadership at both the Western District level (Sacramento, CA) and at the National level (Minneapolis, Mnn). From our partnership with EFCA, we receive leadership training, support in a variety of pastoral areas, and the integrity of doctrinal affiliation with one of the most conservative denominations in the United States.
Each year Glen Ellen Community Church gives gifts to the communities of Glen Ellen and Sonoma purposed to project a image of community interest and promotion of the church of Jesus Christ. On July 4th, GECC along with 3 other churches provide a climbing wall in the square at Sonoma with all the proceeds going to the ministry of Young Life. In October, GECC supplies a “bounce house” to “Kid’s Alley” of the Glen Ellen Village Faire. Our volunteers watch as children from all over enjoy themselves bouncing with each other at this festive event. In December, GECC puts on a “Live Nativity,” complete with camels, sheep, a donkey, goats etc and in costume, that First Christmas Story is acted out before an enthusiastic crowd.