China Outreach Ministries

General

Classification: Nonprofit
Type of Organization: Missions-Sending
Legal Name: China Outreach Ministries
Established: 1959

Organizational Principles

Purpose & Mission Statement:

China Outreach Ministries is giving Christ to China’s future leaders by: • Committed staff and volunteers sharing Christ’s love and truth with Chinese scholars and researchers at universities in North America • Developing caring relationships that open doors to sharing the Gospel with Chinese students and scholars • Leading them to faith in Christ • Discipling, training and mentoring them in Christian faith • Preparing and positioning them to be multiplying Christian leaders

Denomination(s): Nondenominational
Member Organization(s): Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
Mission Next
Open to New Locations: Yes
Service Locations: National (United States)
Active Cities: N/A
Active Regions: N/A
Active States:
California
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Washington
California
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Washington
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Active Countries: Canada
United States

Doctrinal Statement:

We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of separation from God. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Core Values:

Christ-likeness: We intentionally seek to become more like Christ, surrendering to Him daily to live and serve as He desires.

Cooperation: We collaborate with like-minded individuals, organizations and churches, encouraging North Americans and Chinese to work together.

Initiative: We take personal initiative, holding ourselves accountable to grow personally and minister effectively using diverse gifts and proven methods.

Balance: We work diligently to accomplish our mission and vision while taking sufficient time for rest, family, and spiritual and personal development.

Relationships We develop friendships and trust with Chinese scholars, co-workers, and ministry partners through authentic, caring relationships.

Additional Information:

COM is committed to loving, serving, reaching, and discipling Chinese students and scholars at N. American universities, developing multiplying Christian leaders. Our work is strategic, fruitful, and flexible and appropriate for adults of any age.

Missions-Sending

Ministries Offered Education
Evangelism
Leadership
Linguistics
Other
Missionary Durations: 1 to 2 Years
More than 2 Years
Individuals: Yes
Divorced: Yes
Married Couples: Yes
Families: Yes
Groups: No
Educational Requirements: Yes
Preferred Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Other
Does the organization provide funding? Yes
Does the organization provide benefits? Yes

Organization Provided Funding:

Yes and no. Our missionaries are supported through their personal partners. However, we solicit grants and, when available, may be able to provide help with ministry expenses for new missionaries.

Organization Provided Benefits:

COM offers vacation, illness, and sabbatical leaves, a group medical plan, and term life insurance.

Does the organization require training? Yes
Does the organization provide training? Yes

Training Required for Service:

We ask that new staff have evidence of Biblical knowledge and understanding. Such training may have occurred in either formal or informal settings.

Training Provided by Organization:

We have a comprehensive training program, beginning with partnership development, campus ministry training, and continuing with a two-year training program as part of a cohort group of coworkers. Additionally, ongoing education is available through conferences, retreats, online seminars, special COM trainings, etc.

Long-Term Missionary Accountability Practices:

COM missionaries are held accountable to local, area, and national supervisors. They must submit regular planning and reporting documents and must have a personal accountability partner. Our member care staff support coworkers with visits, consultations, and special trainings, such as marriage seminars, when needed.

Application Process:

The time frame can vary, primarily depending on the diligence and timeliness of the applicant and his or her references. Commonly the application process takes about three months. Upon acceptance, the new staff member must develop his or her personal prayer and financial support team. Since many staff serve in their home communities, some may begin serving on a limited basis while still in the partnership development process.

Speaking to Past or Present Missionaries:

A candidate may arrange to visit campus ministries or talk with campus workers by contacting Don or Myrna Hines, VPs for Mobilization, 717-591-3500.

Characteristics of the Ideal Missionary:

Most of the characteristics above are necessary, in varying degrees, for successful ministry among Chinese students and scholars on U.S. campuses. The successful, fruitful coworker has excellent interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, is diligent, creative, and flexible in ministry, and is willing to serve the Chinese humbly and lovingly. Hospitality, appreciation for Chinese culture, and ability to work with volunteers and coworkers are essential.

Volunteers

Looking For Volunteers: Yes
Volunteer Services: Administrators
Event Planning
Host Homes
Other
Prayer Team
Students
Teachers
Volunteer Positions: On-site Volunteer (Full Time)
On-site Volunteer (Part Time)
Willing to accept volunteers outside of the specified denomination: Yes

Types of Volunteer(s) that we are Seeking:

Campus ministry volunteers assist by participating in activities with Chinese students and scholars, helping with food or transportation needs, serving as conversation partners, and generally developing Christ-centered relationships. In the Leadership Center near Harrisburg PA, volunteers are needed for various administrative tasks such as mailing, filing, and managing the welcome desk.

Costs associated with volunteering? No
Training Provided? Yes

Training Process:

Regular, long-term volunteers may apply for affiliate status. Affiliates are invited to share in staff training activities and to attend the organization's annual conference.