Gary & Martha Ellsworth

"We would like to welcome you to the Community Outreach Website!  Thanks for stopping by today to browse around and if there is anyway that we can be of help to you, please contact one of us.  The ministry of COMMUNITY OUTREACH (C.O), is to equip every pastor and local congregation of every revitalization work or New church plant to look for where God is working, through a refocus in PRAYER, PENTECOSTAL RENEWAL, EVANGELISM, CARE VISITATION MINISTRIES AND DISCIPLESHIP."

Gary & Martha Ellsworth have been serving the Assemblies of God movement for more than 40 years as Church Planters, Pastor, and Evangelist.  The passion of the Ellsworth's ministry is to see a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our churches.  As a Nationally Appointed U.S. Missionary their focus is on Rural America as well as the plateaued or declining churches.      (see more on BIO page for your local promotion)

 MORE DESCRIPTIONS OF FIVE TARGET AREAS WE HELP A CHURCH FOCUS ON

 

To Encourage, equip, energize and enable the local church to reach its full potential in reaching and maintaining their harvest.  The first area we target with a church is PRAYER.  We feel this is paramount to doing anything with the church; in fact, we will not move forward with any plans until we have spent what we feel is an adequate amount of time in prayer, fasting, and challenging the people to seek God and listen for His voice.  

To Provide assistance to any church desiring to be more effective in touching their community with a renewed emphasis on the lost art of CARE, VISITATION and DISCIPLESHIP training, and how to share our faith, verbally, outwardly, with a touch, learning to listen.  The discipleship training is now gently stressed to the point that NO SCHEDULED OUTREACH will be conducted until a discipleship plan is adopted, taught, and put into practice.  Many people come to faith in Christ during an outreach; the lack of believers being baptized in the Holy Spirit, and of an immediate proper discipleship plan, we feel ARE the broken links in so many of our churches that are facing stunted growth.  With God's help, we will stay with, guide, and work with the church until this is repaired. 

To Help believers discover the empowerment of the Holy Spirit PENTECOSTAL RENEWAL in special called services with ample time given for prayer and people to seek God, and to equip believers with tools to share their faith. 

To Give opportunity for compassion-type CARE ministries (addressing the physical and material needs of others) upcoming ministry in the local community.  This is something we have steadily emphasized now for 15 years.  Our Christian movement seems to be blessed at this point with several very forward moving ministries that have a deep passion to meet this need; we currently guide our pastors toward those ministries and give a hand or try to incorporate these ministries into our C.O. projects if they are operating in a geographical area where they may be able to assist, rather than try to duplicate what they are excelling at. 

To Continue to Build a network of EVANGELISM outreach teams who will share in the various ministries.  This we have done, and we continue to build it. 

To Help the church establish consistent outreach goals.  We begin the process months ahead during the planning process, and through Question and Answer sessions, finding the heart and vision of the pastor and church.  We also make periodic follow-up visits to see how the church is doing with C.O. Aftercare.

 

In the words of just one pastor recently:   “Gary Ellsworth and Ron Brand with C.O. ministry are exactly what a pastor and church need to reach the next step of growth and maturity. For the small church, they are incredible! Both of these dear brothers are insightful, discerning, spiritual, and have hearts of love. Ron and Gary know how to tailor an evangelism plan for a church, and they come with resources. Their ministry truly brought excitement for outreach to our church and I cannot say thanks enough.” Pastor George Geesey Bethel Assembly of God, Garden City, MO

Several Community Outreaches are conducted each year where they lead volunteers to distribute thousands of Light For the Lost (LFTL) bibles and packets of church information to thousands of homes, praying with people about their needs during each outreach.  Resources are provided for each local congregation to find fulfillment in obeying the Great Commission.  Such outreaches have been conducted in various places across the state:  June 2009 in Jamestown/Prairie Home MO, January 2006 in Pleasant Hill MO, and July 1998 in Noel MO, and churches willing to apply some of what was shared are continuing to see good change as a result.  

Recognizing the need to enlarge COMMUNITY OUTREACH (C.O.) to better minister on time to churches that call, the services of C.O. were expanded in 2003 to include the fulltime mission of Pentecostal Renewal Ministries (with U.S. Missionaries Gary & Martha Ellsworth).   In certain situations where the churches that call are also in need of some of the specialized ministries that are available with our other missionaries we serve with, we attempt to utilize and network with every missions worker possible.  For instance, we are also in partnership with Rural Compassion (www.ruralcompassion.org) with U.S. Missionaries Steve & Rebecca Donaldson as part of assisting the local church to fulfill it's mission of sharing the good news, many times directly relating to the poverty issues of an area and/or disaster relief.  We have and will continue to direct many pastors to use this ministry.  In the area of discipleship we have the benefit of having U.S. Missionaries Jim and Betty Hall, based in Springfield to partner with, directors of New Christian Life Ministries (www.newchristian.com) and the authors of The Harvesters Handbook .  We encourage you to view both of their websites as well, and lend support to them (prayer and financial) in anyway you can.


 

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