Mission of Amigos en Cristo
Amigos en Cristo (Friends in Christ) is a ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We provide immigrants to Southwest Florida with the tools to be successful and contributing members of our community and the Kingdom of God.
Our “Amigos en Cristo” churches are known troughout Southwest Florida as the “welcoming church”. Newcomers to the area are encouraged by family and friends to seek out “Amigos en Cristo” to help with problems, needs and information concerning their new arrival to the U.S.A. and to Southwest Florida. The new arrivals soon learn where and how to find a house, get a job, enroll kids in school, they learn about U.S. language and culture, as well as tax, labor, and immigration laws. They also meet an ever-increasing number of new friends. Through its all-encompassing “Welcoming Ministry” church members and leaders invite the newcomers to an array of small group gatherings. In these intimate settings friends are able to effectively share the good News of salvation through Jesus Christ.
We value outreach
We believe that God wants everyone to be saved from the coming judgment by his grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The best way to reach the lost is by establishing new churches organized around the concept of small groups. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:46-47; 8:1, 4-5)
We value leadership development
Growth is impossible without capable leadership. By God’s grace, every believer has the potential to become a ministry leader. (Matthew 9:35-38; I Peter 2:9-10; II Timothy 2:2; Ephesians 4:11-16)
We value the Means of Grace
God transforms our hearts and lives through Word and Sacrament. (Romans 10:17)
We value good stewardship. Mission churches must follow stewardship principles leading to sustainable and dynamic growth. (II Corinthians 9:6-11; Proverbs 11:24-29)
We value cultural relevancy
The presentation of the Gospel through outreach, teaching and worship must be tailored to reach the hearts and minds of the target community. (Matthew 1:23; I Corinthians 9:19-23)
We value service
Through the love of Christ both Anglo and Hispanic believers can and must grow in love and service to all in need. (Ephesians 2:11-20; John 13:1-20)
We value prayer
God calls all Christians to respond to his Gospel with steadfast prayer, praise and thanksgiving. He can overcome all obstacles to accomplish His gracious will in our lives. (Philippians 4:7; I Timothy 2:1-4; Ephesians 3:20-21)