Outreach + Missions

Outreach Ministry

Our Outreach ministries exist to Know God and Make Him Known by activating the local church body into our calling to meet the Great 8 needs in our community.

At Arbor Road we desire to put our faith into action (James 2:15-17) by caring for the Great 8 needs in our community.

So what are the Great Eight?

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus calls Christians to care for the Hungry, Thirsty, Stranger, Naked, Sick, and Imprisoned and James 1:27 calls us to care for the Widow, and Orphan. 

We know 8 is a lot to memorize, so we made it a little bit easier. Take the first letter from each and you get the acronym: WHO IS SNT?

It’s kind of a trick question, the answer is Jesus, and US! Jesus was sent to be a perfect example and sacrifice for our sins and to reconcile us back to God the Father. He was also sent for the Great Eight. We are in no way saviors, but we get to act as the hands and feet of Jesus in the world today.

ministries and partnerships

Widowed

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Our Adored Ministry at Arbor Road Church is a ministry to women who have been widowed. We host about 3 events a year to promote community and to love on our ladies and also have a team ready to help meet physical needs like changing a lightbulb or painting a door frame.

Get involved:
Are you a widow with needs or do you know someone who should be invited to our next event? Let us know!

Hungry | Thirsty | Naked

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We have an on-campus food pantry that is always accepting donations!

Get involved:
Bring donations on Sunday mornings to donation bins around campus, or drop off at the office any time throughout the week. Have a need or know a need? Come by the church during office hours to pick up a box!

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Lift kits are bags of essentials that are perfect to keep in your backpack or car for when you see someone in need. 

Get involved:
Lift kits can be purchased in the church lobby for $5 (to help maintain stock), or you can make your own bags to have on hand! Donate items for lift kits at the link below, or grab a group of friends or small group and host a lift kit party.

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We partner with Long Beach Rescue Mission (LBRM), Lydia House, Jesus Food, and Precious Lamb Preschool. 

Get involved:
Visit the link below for more information about volunteering with any of these ministries.

Orphaned

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Our orphan/foster care ministry consists of local partnerships and hands on teams that help to care for children and their families. We partner with Olivecrest, His Nesting Place, and have an on-campus common cause (prayer, education, and action) group regarding the Sanctity of Life. 

Get involved:
For more information about volunteering with any of these ministries

Imprisoned

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We partner with local missionary, Chaplain Sandra Evans, who works at the Women’s Jail in Lynwood. 

Get involved:

We are looking for volunteers to help run ministry services with Sandra, in the jail, on the Second Sunday of each month. Let us know below.

Sick

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We have a prayer team and pastors who are able to come to home or hospital visits.

Get involved:
For more information or to request help, please call the church office.

Stranger

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We serve the stranger, foreigner, and unchurched in our community through local partnerships. We partner with Cal State Long Beach’s International Student Ministry, CRU, Decision Point, Strongtower Ministries, Mexican Medical, Gideons, and Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. 

Get involved:
For more information about volunteering with any of these ministries

More Ways to Serve

We can’t do it all. Do you see a need for a ministry? Pray about beginning a common cause group!

A common cause group is a group that meets together regularly to pray for, learn about, and help to meet needs of a cause that is of common interest to the group.

The goal of a common cause group is to develop awareness for the cause, and to help others in the greater church body to get involved in learning about and meeting the needs of this cause. 

Stories

“This is a love thing for me. I get to connect and love the people by handing out food. And the consistency is important because the people rely on the help.”
Mark
Food Pantry Volunteer
“In that moment of receiving [C’s] husband’s donated clothes, I felt healing and comfort in the heart for both of us. It was an honor to care for someone else in need.”
Abel
Widow Care Volunteer
“When I help make an Easter basket for a TAY it brings a sense of community with the TAY. My hope is that when they get the baskets, I hope they see that they can give back to their community as well in any way they are able.”
Trinity
TAY Volunteer

Interested in Local Outreach?

Please let us know if you would like to be part of our Local Outreach Ministries or if you have questions about our Great Eight partnerships. Follow along with us on Instagram @arborroadoutreach.

Meet the Outreach Team