Jesus calls all his followers to reach the world with the hope found in Jesus Christ, it’s a big task. At Westwood, we seek ways to reach people here, near and far. There’s a place for everyone to participate in this great mission that Jesus Christ asked us to be a part of, even if you don’t want to hop on a plane!
Here and Near
We partner with local organizations to help meet the needs of our neighbors. Organizations we work with include Launch Ministries, New Life Family Ministry, Cru Inner City, the Hope House, Sheridan Story and Act United.
We partner with global organizations to make a kingdom impact around the world. Here are some of our many partners.
The Timothy Initiative
The Timothy Initiative (TTI) is an international church planting organization whose purpose is to train and equip pastors and church planters. In South Asia, we have training centers where we are disciplining leaders, who will in turn disciple leaders. Locally, our work with TTI involves training multicultural and ethnic leaders to start new churches in immigrant communities in the Twin Cities.
“I thank God for the people of Westwood Community Church. 1,000 churches are being planted! 10 previously unengaged people groups are hearing the gospel for the first time. What a vision. Most denominations don’t see anything close to this, over decades. I’m no expert on angels, but my guess is you guys have got them shouting for joy up there!” -David Nelms, President of The Timothy Initiative
New Life Networks Sweden and Converge
Westwood has planted five new churches and is training over 100 new leaders from New Life Network to be church planters. Their goal is to revive the city of Stockholm for Christ by helping the Swedish church facilitate prayer, evangelism, discipleship and church planting movements.
Even with the threat of severe penalty to locals if they are caught, we have helped make the Bible securely available to read in the native language of unreached people in Asia. On any given day, over 700 people access the Bible website.
“In spite of everything, we remain encouraged and hopeful for the future. Thanks for all you are doing to help us continue to see the Bible made available across the homeland of an important unreached people group.” -Director of e-Bible initiative
Syrian Refugees in the Middle East
Westwood provides health and dental services, medicines and equipment to benefit Syrian refugees. When they receive compassionate care, they also receive reminders of hope.
IJM in Ghana
We support rescue efforts of boys and girls who are enslaved in the fishing industry on Lake Volta in Ghana through our work with International Justice Mission, which includes supporting biblical justice conferences with church leaders and fisherman in the area.
Learn more or explore ways to get involved, contact the Mission and Outreach Team.
What does it mean to join a team?
- Fellowship with people who have a heart for similar ministry work
- Relationships with partner organizations and missionaries here, near and far around the world
- Possible Ministry trips (travel not required to join a global ministry team)
- Fill one of multiple roles within each team. Roles vary from team to team, examples include prayer partner, encourager, administrative/organization help, communication, travelers, etc.
Central Africa Team
Serving and empowering the most vulnerable in Central Africa (currently in Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya) by partnering with organizations in those regions; option to go on a ministry trip to Malawi
Central Asia Team
Historically focused on a large, unreached people group in Central Asia. This team is now expanding to include several countries and people groups in this region of the world.
Supporting and resourcing Westwood’s missionaries and partner organizations as they reach out to Europeans with the love of Christ, plant churches, and grow God’s Kingdom in Europe; option to go on a ministry trip to Europe
Creating local and global awareness of modern-day slavery, sex trafficking and child labor trafficking and working with partner organizations to eliminate human slavery in our lifetime; option to go on a ministry trip to Ghana
Middle East Team
Reaching out to Muslims in the Middle East, particularly Syrian refugees in Amman, Jordan, with the love of Christ and working with the team in Jordan to develop and execute goals which will encourage and move the ministry forward. Medical professionals are particularly encouraged to consider the Middle East Team; option to go on a ministry trip to Amman, Jordan
Coaching and equipping Westwood members how to share their faith and looking for opportunities at Westwood to make the gospel known to unbelievers; also, a key part of the Merge and Pulse movements in the Twin Cities
Hope Garden Team
Planting, weeding, harvesting and distributing produce from the Hope Garden to the Hope House kids and other food shelves in the SW Metro from a garden located on the Chanhassen campus
International Student Outreach (ISO)
Showing Christ’s love to international students at the Arboretum/Horticultural Research Center, Camp Tanadoona and the Hospitality Center for Chinese by providing them hospitality, care and spiritual direction
Local Serving Team
If you are looking for a short-term way to serve, you can help Westwood ministry teams with local events and church-wide initiatives such as Hope for the Holidays, the Annual Food Pack and Garden of New Beginnings. This includes one time or recurring volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Missionary Care Team
Encouraging Westwood’s local and global missionaries with prayers, letters, emails and gifts on special occasions
Native American Outreach Team
Join us as we discover how to follow Jesus and honor culture on behalf of our Native American brothers and sisters.
Ministering to women in the Shakopee Women’s Prison through letter writing, worship services, and bible study, as well as, team mentoring women recently released from the prison
Supporting refugee families coming to Minnesota to start a new life with partner organization, Arrive Ministries
Team World Vision
Raising awareness of the critical need of clean water in Africa and running endurance races to raise funds for sustainable water projects with World Vision
Using automotive knowledge for the glory of Christ by repairing automobiles for the needy and hosting the annual car and motorcycle show
Learn more about you can get involved in Westwood’s Missions and Outreach work here, near and far.
Westwood’s Outreach mission is to extend God’s love and mercy to those in need across the street and across the globe. Westwood believes in long-term, on-going ministry teams supported by short-term ministry trips. Trips are God-centered, collaborative and grounded in prayer with the intention of helping everyone we meet to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Central Africa Team – Malawi Ministry Trip, June
Westwood has been traveling to and partnering in ministry in the Chitipa region of Malawi for over 15 years. Teams work with key ministry partners, such as World Relief, to enhance their ministries by bringing encouragement, hope, and empowering spiritual and developmental training sessions. These trainings include pastoral, business development (for people looking to start or improve their personal business), and feminine hygiene. The feminine hygiene training include educating women and girls on menstruation and distributing reusable feminine hygiene kits through Days for Girls.
Team members do not need experience in any of these areas to be a member of team. Training for all travelers will be provided. In addition, team members may have the opportunity to interact with other ministry partners, including Malawi Orphan Care Project and Hope International. The trip will cost approx. $4,500-$5000 per person and typically is two weeks in length. Westwood provides all the tools a potential team member needs to raise the funding necessary for a trip like this. Team size is 6-8 people. Trip dates for 2020 are tentatively June 14-28th.
Registration for this trip is currently open.
Europe Team – Sweden Ministry Trip, August
Westwood’s Europe team partners with several organizations across Europe to share the Gospel and plant churches. Each summer Westwood’s ministry partner in Sweden, the multi-cultural New Life Church Network based in Stockholm, holds an all-site family camp for their nine church sites. Westwood’s team of adults/teens will be leading the children’s program during the camp, providing a VBS-type of experience (Bible stories, small groups, crafts, songs, and games) for about 100 children aged 4-12. In addition, there will be opportunity to worship at the New Life Church, spend time with Westwood-supported missionaries Jim & Lynn Jarman, and tour some of Stockholm. This trip will cost approx. $2500-$3000 per person and team size is approximately 10 people. Westwood provides all the tools a potential team member needs to raise the funding necessary for a trip like this Trip dates for 2020 are August 1st-10th.
Registration for this trip is currently open.
Justice Team – Ghana Ministry Trip, September
Westwood, in partnership with International Justice Mission (IJM) and GlobeServe Ministries is working in Ghana to help end child labor trafficking on the Volta Lake where thousands of young children are forced to work as slaves in the fishing industry. The team traveling to Ghana will help lead regional conferences with Ghanaian church and community leaders to proclaim God’s heart for justice, with the intention of equipping the local church to bring this message to their congregations and community.
Team members should have a heart for justice and for sharing the Gospel, be comfortable in leading small group discussions and flexibility in travel and itinerary. There may be also be an opportunity to visit/serve at an IJM after-care facility for children who have been rescued from slavery as well as lead outreach with small island or coastal communities in Ghana. Trips are typically 2 weeks in length and cost approximately $3,500-$4,000. Westwood provides all the tools a potential team member needs to raise the funding necessary for a trip like this. The team size is approximately 10 people. Dates for September 2020 are TBD.
Registration for this trip will open in February 2020.
Middle East Team – Jordan Ministry Trip, November
Join Westwood as we minister to Syrian refugees in Amman, Jordan. Teams will partner with a medical clinic in Amman and with a ministry located within a nearby refugee camp. The team will support pop-up medical clinics, provide a variety of trainings within the refugee camp, as well as encourage and support the staff of our ministry partners who work and live in Amman year-round. Medical professionals are encouraged to join this trip but having a medical professional background is not required. Trips are generally 10-12 days and cost approx. $2,500-$3,000 per person. Westwood provides all the tools a potential team member needs to raise the funding necessary for a trip like this Dates for November 2020 are still TBD.
Registration for this trip will open April 2020.
If you are moved by how the Lord is using Westwood to impact the world, here is what to do next. Pray, listen and see if the Holy Spirit is prompting you to join a Missions and Outreach Ministry team. For some, joining a team may mean international travel. But for most team members, it is using your gifting to impact the world right where you live. Interested?