We glorify God by making disciples and multiplying churches in Greater Washington, D.C. Much of our disciple-making in the D.C. area occurs through our members’ personal witness in their offices, schools, and neighborhoods. But we also unite together in structured outreach to make disciples and multiply churches in our communities.
God has equipped each believer with talents and gifts to be His witness in the world. In Local Outreach, we provide a variety of opportunities for church members to serve in different communities, from children’s programming to box packing, as we build on the foundation and connections MBC created during the pandemic. We recognize that we can’t meaningfully make disciples in a community if we are there only a few times a year, so we encourage you to join us as we establish and maintain an ongoing presence throughout our area.
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With the historic overturning of Roe v Wade, we want to be sure we are doing all we can to protect the most vulnerable women and their babies by helping those on the front lines in pregnancy centers, providing wrap-around care for expecting and new moms, and other new initiatives. Join us as we strengthen our relationships and outreach opportunities to care for this vulnerable population by signing up for our eNews. See how MBC is responding here.
All Care Fund giving through July 17 is going to directly serve this population. Learn more and give here.
Select your location to see other ways your church family is serving the community around them.
Each region holds outreach activities, so please check with yours to see how you can get involved.
So that we may give backpacks and school supplies to children throughout the area, we will be collecting the following items in bins located in the lobby (from 7/18 through 8/5):
Assist Pregnancy Center’s mission to promote life through Christ to those vulnerable to abortion. Assist Pregnancy Center clients and their partners are offered free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and counseling, they are taught the truth about abortion, and they are provided with real help and hope for their future. The ultimate hope is that these women and men can come to know the love of Christ and the hope found in Him through the work of Assist. MBC Arlington supports APC by preparing quarterly newsletter mailings, participating in the annual Walk Run Ride for Life, attending the annual fundraising banquet, and adopting baby showers. Providing this support allows them to devote more time and resources to caring directly for clients.
We seek opportunities to partner with and serve at Drew Elementary, a Title I school in the Green Valley neighborhood of Arlington, VA. We hold annual events and participate in an ongoing mentoring and reading buddy program. We are building a ministry to serve the families of students at Drew Elementary school and share with them the love and salvation of Jesus Christ.
Pure J.O.Y. is a ministry that visits the residents of local nursing homes every second Saturday of the month to share God’s love. We seek to demonstrate that they are beautiful and treasured through simple manicures, playing games, and conversation. We work for the opportunity to share with them the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Men, women, whole families, and Church Groups serve together in this ministry.
We focus much of our structured outreach in the communities of Title I schools, which often have especially urgent spiritual and physical needs. We provide for physical needs in various ways (like distributing food and clothing or teaching English), attaching the Gospel at every opportunity. Amidst the economic upheaval of the pandemic, which brought especially high unemployment in these communities, we undertook a large-scale effort to distribute food to those in need. Over the course of the pandemic, we distributed over 12 million lbs. of food in these vulnerable communities.
As we meet needs in Title I communities, we gather all who are interested into Bible studies or sometimes begin ministry to children. Finally, as the Lord leads, we strive to plant one or more churches in the community.
We understand that we can’t meaningfully make disciples in a community if we’re only there a few times a year, so we maintain an ongoing presence in several Title I communities. The Local Outreach team works closely with each MBC location, and there’s rarely a weekend when we’re not doing something in a Title I community. We’d love to have you join us. Please fill out our Interest Form.
God has directed us to care for the orphaned and vulnerable. At MBC MoCo we desire to follow His call and reflect His love in our community and around the world in this way. Everyone can do something! How is God leading you to care for children and families in need?
ESOL is a ministry that continues to grow as we teach English and share the gospel with immigrants from our local community. Classes are Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. If you would like to participate by teaching, assisting students, driving the van, hospitality, music, or translating, please contact Cindy Wilbur.
Opportunities to serve in this ministry outside the jail within our ongoing partnerships for re-entry citizens to provide physical and spiritual needs. INFO/VOLUNTEER: [email protected]