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. 

LOCAL MISSIONS

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.

NEW CITY PHOENIX is a mission organization that we are very proud to work with to meet the needs of people here in our local community.  We partner with New City Phoenix on a regular basis by providing food and clothing assistance, Thanksgiving and Easter baskets, gifts for families at Christmastime, and hands-on projects in and around the great Phoenix area.  For more information about how to get involved in our local missions efforts, please contact Pastor Jeremy DaPena at jdapena@sotdaz.org.  For more information about New City Phoenix, please visit their website at newcityphoenix.com.

YOUNG LIVES... is focused on reaching teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be.  Through Young Life's time-tested methods and life-on-life mentoring, teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in Christ.  For more information, please visit their website at younglife.org.

MATTHEW 25 PROJECT... is a mission organization who's focus is to organize and equip volunteers to get involved in meaningful, sacrificial capacities.  They feed, clothe and comfort the homeless in Phoenix while providing dignity and love to everyone they encounter.  For more information about their work in a variety of homes in the Phoenix area, visit their website at matthew25az.org.

GLOBAL MISSIONS

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.

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN... is a global mission partner of Shepherd of the Desert that is committed to feeding God's children who are hungry in body and spirit.  Over the last few years, Shepherd of the Desert has partnered with Feed My Starving Children to send more than 800,000 meals to children in need all across the world.  For more information about how to get involved in our work with Feed My Starting Children, please contact Chuck Gerken at cgerken@sotdaz.org.  And for more information about Feed My Starving Children and the work they do, please visit their website at fmsc.org.

GROUNDWORK GUATEMALA... is a global mission partner of Shepherd of the Desert that is committed to serving the people of Guatemala.  They exist to assist the least of these spiritually, emotionally and physically and their team of local missionaries in Guatemala have a deep desire to grow in faith through the study of God's Word in order to lead the people of Guatemala City and the surround villages and communities to follow Jesus.  For more information about how to get involved in our work with Groundwork Guatemala, contact John Grass at jgrass10@gmail.com.  And for more information about Groundwork Guatemala and the work they do, please visit their website at groundworkguatemala.org.

GARUNA FOUNDATION... is a global mission partner of Shepherd of the Desert that exists to help raise prayer, volunteer and financial support for the emerging Lutheran Churches in Southeast Asia.  They specialize in Biblical leadership training for indigenous pastors and lay leaders, church development and planting, christian school ministries, and also self-sustaining ministries through agricultural development.  For more information about the Garuna Foundation and the work they do, please visit their website at garuna.org.

SERGE (formerly WORLD HARVEST MISSION)... is a global mission partner of Shepherd of the Desert that is a movement of churches empowered by grace for the world's good and God's glory.  They focus on "laying down our lives to proclaim the Kingdom of Jesus Christ through preaching, healing and equipping."  Serge's force of 220 missionaries primarily serve in Europe and North-Central Africa.  For more information about Serge and our primary  missionaries Eric and Rachel McLaughlin based in Kenya, visit their website at serge.org.

CHINA LUTHERAN SEMINARY... is part of the Asia Theological Association.  Established in 1970, it has grown into a movement committed to serving its members in the development of evangelical biblical theology by strengthening interaction, enhancing scholarship, promoting academic excellence, fostering spiritual and ministerial formation, and mobilizing resources to fulfill God's global mission within diverse Asian cultures.  For more information about our missionaries who serve at China Lutheran Seminary, Steve and Maggie Oliver, please visit their website lcms.org/oliver.