Ridgedale is committed to taking the gospel to Chattanooga, and to a world that is waiting to hear the name of Jesus Christ. An integral part of the Discipleship Pathway is to Engage the Nations through mission and service. We do this first by living on mission and sharing the gospel here in our city. We also do this by sending trips throughout the year, from short-term week-long trips, to moving toward long-term commissioning of missionaries who are sent to plant churches and make followers of Christ in other nations.
WHY DO WE GO?
Jesus tells us to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirt,” (Matthew 28:19). Jesus sent out his disciples – those who followed him faithfully – to teach others the truth about the Son of God. His Word sends us out, too. Engaging the nations with the gospel starts at home, right where we are, but it doesn’t stop there. The more that we tell those around us about who Jesus is and what He has done for us, the more likely we are to be compelled to take this message to those who have no access to the gospel otherwise. As the apostle Paul writes, “How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him?” (Romans 10:14)
WHY DO WE SEND?
What did Paul say next? “And how how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:15). The world is waiting to hear about Jesus Christ our Savior. As we grow in the gospel together as a church, we also send one another out on mission. We want to see our city transformed by the love of God and the power of Christ. We also want to see people of all ages using their lives — including their gifts, skills, passions, and opportunities — to take the gospel beyond Chattanooga. The Discipleship Pathway is a life long endeavor. God may be leading you to go for a week, a month, a year, or a lifetime. We’re committed to equipping you for this mission that God has placed before each of us, for his glory. So come join us in Engaging the Nations!
Engaging our City
SHARE THE GOSPEL
Engaging the nations for Jesus begins right here!
You are called to live your life for the glory of God, with the gospel at the center of it all. In the classroom, at the office, on the playground, in downtown Chattanooga, in your home — wherever you go, the gospel goes with you.
Learn more about how to effectively share your faith and the good news of the gospel with the people in your life.
SERVE YOUR CITY
There are many ways to be sent for the gospel, right here in Chattanooga. We partner with like-minded organizations in our city to meet real needs and to tell those around us about Jesus.
Through our Community Partners, we are able to engage in missional efforts and gospel issues like poverty, unplanned pregnancy, special needs ministry, and more.
Engaging North America
In partnership with the North American Mission Board & the SEND Network, we support new churches being planted in Denver that will reach the city with the gospel in their local contexts. It’s been called “The Best Place to Live” by U.S. News & World Report, and with more than 4.8 million living in the Denver metro area, it seems the accolades may be true. Only about 7 percent affiliate with Christianity.
We currently support Calvary Lakewood in the Lakewood community of Denver.
In partnership with the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, we support churches in Memphis that will reach the city with the gospel in their local community.
We currently support Brinkley Heights Ministries in a community in Memphis.
Engaging the World
We have partnered with the International Mission Board and other sending agencies to engage the lost in the world.
We currently support a new church plant in the city of Dublin named, Harvest Dublin
This church is being planted by the former Mission Pastor at Ridgedale, Cipri Balta, and his family.
We currently support a church plant in the city of Cabudare named, Iglesia Bautista La Santa Biblia
This church is being started by the Arce Family.
Campinas, Sao Paulo
We are currently supporting David & Aimee Hammond as they engage the lost through a local Tennis ministry in Brazil.
If you are a missionary or church planter looking for a place to rest and recuperate while on furlough we do have a Missionary house on campus. You can email Carol Rodgers (firstname.lastname@example.org), for info on openings.