Are you looking for a Church that:
Believes God is Love and that Jesus
reveals Him completely?
Follows the Teachings of Jesus?
WE ARE ALL ON A JOURNEY
Oakbrook Church views our missions and outreach ministries to be an essential aspect of our calling to love God and love our neighbors, and to be good stewards of God’s creation. These ministries give opportunities to our people to put into practice the teachings of Jesus and grow as his disciples. Our hope is that through these outreaches the kingdom of God expands as the hungry are fed, creation is renewed and restored, the nations are discipled, and peace is pursued.
We hope you will come and join us on this journey.
Prior to Covid, Oakbrook's food ministry served over 140 families a week at the church. When Covid hit, Oakbrook transitioned to a delivery-only program focusing on food insecure families in the Herndon/Reston community. As a result, Oakbrook has been delivering food to over 120 families a week for almost a year. In 2020, Oakbrook delivered over 4,000 boxes of food, as well as holiday meals and toys, to families in our community.
A key element of Oakbrook’s food ministry— and ministry in general— involves working cooperatively with individuals and organizations that are genuinely committed to helping others. In addition to collaborating with the Barbera Foundation and local faith communities, Oakbrook’s food ministry has partnered with the Fairfax County Health Department to provide food for families that need to be quarantined, as well as families who are fleeing domestic violence.
If you would like to help deliver food or make a donation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stewards of Creation
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;”
Psalm 24:1 - NIV
Throughout Genesis God calls His creation ’good’, yet we see that our world is not perfect, not fully redeemed. When we love others as ourselves our actions move us toward redeeming the things that are broken for the sake of those who live in it. Oakbrook’s Stewards of Creation have planted trees on abandoned coal mines throughout Appalachia, helped to restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake, adopted a local stream where we learn about our watershed and how to keep it clean, spent time in nature observing birds and other wildlife while appreciating it, resolved to recycle and tried to reduce consumption. These efforts of redemption are small acts of loving God’s creation.
Our hearts are open to hearing what God has for us in the future. We hope you will join us in finding new ways to bless our neighbors through the care of each other and our shared environment.
Monitoring the health of sugarland run
Tree Planting throughout Appalachia
Oyster Shell Washing for the health of the chesapeake
Oakbrook Church teams have conducted numerous short-term international missions trips over the past 25 years. These trips not only serve to bless the people’s among whom we minister in different ways, but also give our people unique opportunities to live out the teachings of Jesus and become more faithful disciples in the process.
Oakbrook short-term mission teams and missionaries have ministered in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Wales, Poland, Russia, Togo, Benin, Zambia, Israel/Palestine, Pakistan, and India. These teams and missionaries have evangelized, taught a huge variety of classes, led children’s and youth ministries, worked with the homeless, gang members, and alcoholics, provided food for the hungry, assisted in medical missions, performed construction, and conducted peacemaking and reconciliation meetings.
We has formed special relationships with two unique ministries: Asociación Equipando de los Santos Internacional (ASELSI) based in Chichicastenango, Guatemala and The Ministry of Jesus centered in Dapaong, Togo.
In order to faithfully follow Jesus, Oakbrook Church believes his disciples must obey his teachings. One of Jesus’ most challenging teachings is: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28). In other words, we are to live in way that transforms our enemies into friends. We are called to be reconcilers in our own relationships and mediators who bring about reconciliation in the broken relationships among others. Jesus described such people in this way: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9).
Accordingly, Oakbrook Church has taken proactive steps to build relationships with those who are different than we are, and perhaps know and understand God differently than we do. We have built close friendships with the clergy and other members of our local Jewish and Muslim communities, and our pastors meet monthly with the faith leaders of other churches, synagogues, and mosques as a part of the Herndon-Reston Interfaith Clergy group.
Further, Oakbrook Church has sensed a calling to be active peacemakers on the ground in the West Bank/Judea & Samaria between Jews and Palestinians. This has involved numerous trips to Israel-Palestine designed to build relationships with neighboring Jews and Palestinians and then bring them together in meetings, to help bring down the walls of fear, mistrust, suspicion, stereotype, and hatred that exist between them. These efforts have produced great fruit as a unique organization called Roots was created in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank by Jews and Palestinians who live there. Roots defines its mission as “fostering a grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence, and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians.” Oakbrook Church stays in close touch with the leaders of Roots and continues to offer advice, counsel, and financial support to this amazing organization.
Advocacy for Marginalized and Persecuted Peoples
Oakbrook Church believes that an essential part of the gospel is to stand alongside and build solidarity with the poor, oppressed, marginalized, persecuted, and mistreated peoples of the world in order to shine a light on the injustices that they face and call out and expose the systems, organizations, and peoples of power and that use, oppress, and/or exploit them. We understand that this prophetic ministry plays an important role in raising the awareness of God’s people to the injustices of our world. This type of advocacy ultimately contributes towards righting these wrongs and liberating those peoples who are discriminated against.
Oakbrook members have advocated on the behalf of Native American communities (e.g., the Standing Rock Sioux of North Dakota), African-Americans mistreated and abused by U.S. law enforcement officials (through Black Lives Matter demonstrations), and undocumented Hispanic immigrants/refugees (especially children) abused and incarcerated upon entry into the United States.
In addition, Oakbrook members marched in solidarity (in March for Our Lives) with school-aged children from around the U.S. calling for gun control legislation following the numerous school shootings which have plagued our nation.