Missions

EastbrookOn Mission:

Learn—There is a lot going on at Eastbrook Church! Watch for ways to learn about our long term field workers and city ministries, hear stories from them, and be drawn into what God is doing through them. Want a starting point? Join us on Sundays during Missions Prayer to hear stories from our field workers and join with other Eastbrook members in praying for our friends, partners and field workers. Sundays at 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall.

Connect—There is so much to see and hear about what God is doing through Eastbrook. At times it can feel like you’re joining a conversation 40 years in, and that can understandably feel difficult to get connected. But we want you to know that you are welcome, and so is your call and giftedness! If you’re new to Eastbrook, your best bet for getting connected to missions is to meet with a staff member or leader. Email Dan Ryan at dryan@eastbrook.org to grab coffee or lunch and connect.

Pray—We deeply desire to be a church that can only be explained by the Holy Spirit, and this starts with prayer. We invite you to join us in prayer for our city and world, whether individually, at our daily morning prayer time, Sundays at Missions Prayer, Thursday mornings at Women’s Global Prayer, or elsewhere. To start, pick up a field worker prayer guide by the Welcome Desk in the Main Lobby.

Serve—Ready to dive in? There’s lots going on, but before you do, know that we emphasize building relationships as the key to both proclaiming and embodying the love of Jesus Christ. No person is a project, but rather as someone made in the image of God who we are called to walk alongside. Our mission opportunities are focused on long-term relationships and you’re invited to be a part of them!

Give—Our work in the city and world cannot happen without financial resources as well. Our efforts in the city and world are not supported from Eastbrook’s “general” fund but rather through a special, designated, Mission Fund. Make financial support a part of your missions involvement by donating to this fund at eastbrook.org/giving.

CoreValues:

Hard Places

As we read the Gospel of John, we see that God did not merely send His son out of love, but He sent Him to a very hard place. He sent him into a Roman occupied, religiously oppressed, culturally ambivalent, economically impoverished, and subsistence agricultural context. Our call is the same: Jesus calls us to take up our cross every day (Matthew 16:24-26), to love not just those who can love us in return, but to love all—even our enemies (Luke 6:27-36). We are to love others as God loved us, to lay our lives down for them (John 15:12-17). That is why we as a church family go to the hard places in our city and our world—the unreached, unchurched and under-resourced.

Life Together

In John 17 we are told a simple truth. The reality and truth of the Gospel will not be understood due to eloquent speech, strategic clarity, or abundant resources. The Gospel will reveal its truth and power when we as believers are united as one (John 17:20-23). A clear modern call to this truth is found in Dietrich Boenhoeffer’s compelling book Life Together. Likewise at Eastbrook, we strive to shepherd the flock among us (1 Peter 5:2) and see all involved in the ministry they are gifted for (Ephesians 4:1-14), and thus live life together as one.

Spirit Led

Even with a focus and a playbook, we can still be working out of our own effort, desires and dreams. That is why we at Eastbrook strive to let the Holy Spirit lead just as the early church in Antioch did (Acts 13:2-3) and to be a church body whose efforts and mission can only be explained by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Where WeServe:

God is on the move here at Eastbrook, and there are many ways to connect directly with what He is doing in the City and the World. Here are just a few opportunities:

Neighboring

God has placed you and your family where you are for a reason. He has placed your literal, physical next door neighbors in your life as an opportunity to be on mission.

Food Pantry

Eastbrook Church has hosted a food pantry on site twice a week for nearly two decades where we provide emergency food to over 500 families each year.

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Bread of Healing Clinic

Eastbrook serves as a host site for the Bread of Healing clinic which serves our low- income and uninsured neighbors.

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Outreach Teams

Over the years, God has moved in ways that has drawn Eastbrook members together for a specific purpose and ministry in the city. These teams include Saturday morning basketball, prison ministry, and more.

Horn of Africa

Eastbrook has cared for and loved the Somali people since our early days. This has expanded to partner with and support efforts throughout the Horn of Africa through traditional and creative access efforts.

Welcome the Stranger

God has brought the nations to our community. Members of Eastbrook open their lives and homes to International Students and Refugees. Get started by serving at our International Community Center on the southside of Milwaukee serving refugees and immigrants.

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Middle East

Eastbrook Church has been partnering with our dear friends serving in the Holy Land and the Middle East for many years. We have watched God bring Christian schools to places closed to the Gospel, seen refugees cared for long-term, seen businesses started, local churches mobilized, and trauma care provided to those affected by war and persecution.

Asia

Eastbrook has been connected to the continent of Asia for over three decades, adopting orphans with special needs, planting churches, supporting pastors and providing skills training.

& Beyond

While we have four key focus areas, we also have field workers serving in Europe and the Americas and give God space to draw us into new partnerships as our world changes.

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Contact


Pastor Dan Ryan
Senior Director, Mission
dryan@eastbrook.org
414.228.5220 x239


Catie Boon
Outreach Coordinator, City
cboon@eastbrook.org
414.228.5220 x224


Laura Fears
International Ministry Assistant
lfears@eastbrook.org
414.228.5220 x254