Jesus was a revolutionary for many reasons, one of them being that he called his people to him in his divine work. He called all of his people, not just some of his people. He didn’t require a certain amount of time on the job or a diploma. He said to go and tell the world about him with your voice and your actions. The ministries of Missio are patterned after his command. Our ministries are not led by paid clergy or religious professionals, but are dreamed up and implemented by the people in our community and their desires to follow where the Spirit of God leads them.
Kids Community Ballet
Date Started: June 2015
Kids of all ages are welcome to join us for free ballet classes at Missio. Our goal is to bless the children in our neighborhood by offering our friendship as a church community through dance and hospitality. We also enjoy connecting with one another outside of class through events and performing opportunities.
First and foremost, we desire that each child feel seen, known, and loved. Dance is always secondary. We long to see our surrounding neighborhoods united together in community, regardless of background. Our hope is to use the medium of dance to encourage children through mental, physical, and artistic skill and healthy, meaningful relationships.
“Let them praise His name with dancing…” – Psalm 149:3
Date Started: January 2015
Christianity in Iraq is almost as old as Christianity itself. Now, 2000 years of religious history and tradition is under threat of total extinction. Since the American invasion in 2003, Iraq’s Christian population has dwindled from approximately 1.5 million people to less than 500,000 in 2013. When the city of Mosul fell under the control of the Islamic State in June 2014, local Christians were faced with the prospect of converting to Islam, paying a tax, or being executed. Many chose to flee to Jordan.
Once, they were students, lawyers, and engineers and when they woke up they had purpose and structure. Now, they wait. Their lives have essentially been put on hold until they can be resettled to a Western country to begin again from scratch.
Mike Friberg has traveled to Jordan to take photographs of these “Nasrani” (slang for Christian) refugees and build relationships there. Looking forward, he will be holding a mobile photo workshop with Iraqi Christians and Missio folks, which will focus on sharing stories and making connections through social media with the outside world. This will help them to represent themselves, not just have someone else represent them
Date Started: January 2015
For more information, email email@example.com or see more about the project here.
Date Started: October 2016
Once a quarter, Missio Dei hosts an Open Mic Worship Night where creative people from across the Salt Lake valley are invited to share their talents to the glory of God.
These events function much like traditional open mic nights, in which artists may choose a time slot during which to take the stage; the difference being that Open Mic Worship Nights are centered around worship, community, and Jesus. Open Mic Worship Nights were started with two goals in mind:
1. To bring people together in unity to worship in spirit and in truth, and
2. To give a platform to gifted worshippers who otherwise may not have had one.
Open Mic Worship Nights are held in the Missio Dei cafe and are led by worship leader Katelyn Bair. You can reach Katelyn via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Date Started: July 2013
This group focuses on serving the women on the streets of Salt Lake City who are engaged in prostitution. These women are primarily on North Temple and State Street and are usually homeless and dealing with addiction issues. Our goal is to meet them where they are, assess their emotional and physical needs and attempt to meet those needs. We walk the streets with supplies and information in hopes of building relationships and serving these women.
This group goes out to walk the streets every Monday evening. If you’d like to join, want to know what supplies you can help provide, or have questions, email email@example.com.
Date Started: May 2017
The purpose of this ministry is to invite women from outside the church and within, to grow in intentional and meaningful relationships, to develop and grow accountability, to ultimately lead other women to Christ.
We will host creative events that give women a reason to get together, meet other women and fellowship in a space that is big enough to allow many women to come together. All women are welcome.
We will be having a women's retreat from October 13th-14th, which is intended to allow us time away with other women to be rejuvenated. We’ll do so by diving into God’s word together, through group activities, optional physical activities, worship, and more. For more information and to register, click here.
For more information on the women's ministry, contact Marilyn Nimz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good News Jail & Prison Ministry
Date Started: January 2013
Good News Jail & Prison Ministry is the largest independent supplier of chaplains and volunteers for jails and prisons worldwide. We are looking for volunteers to go into the Salt Lake County jail and share the good news of the Gospel with individuals.
If you are interested in learning more please see the contact Bobby Sharp, Jail Ministry Coordinator and Chaplain Support at 801-913-8499.