The Gospel of Mark states that "for even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…"
God is eagerly calling us, the Church, to serve both near and far -- locally, nationally, and internationally. One of the greatest commands Jesus gives us in the New Testament is to, "love your neighbor as yourself." The heart to serve comes to us from the overflow of Christ's love for us and then from our Christ-like love for those around us. We are committed to partnering with each other on mission, locally and globally, and through this commitment we all have the opportunity to use our own unique God-given abilities to change lives by shining the light that is within us… that is Jesus.
One of the most powerful ways to worship God is to simply serve His people. And there's no better time than now to put our faith into practice by getting connected to one of our mission opportunities. We partner with, and seek out, local and global mission organizations who share our passion for loving our neighbors and we encourage you to get involved in the work God has called us to.
We encourage everyone in the Shepherd of the Desert community to get involved in the work of meeting the needs of people here in the great Phoenix area. We encourage individuals, families, community groups, entire ministries, and our school and preschool to get involved in the mission of God here in the valley.
In addition to meeting the needs of people in the greater Phoenix area, we also understand the importance of taking an active role in the mission of God to build the Church throughout the world. This doesn't literally mean building a church building, rather it means that we are at work to see that people all across the world are being led to follow Jesus. We want to see people from all across the globe and from all walks of life following after Jesus and we are constantly seeking ways to expand our reach into the whole world.