Local and Global Philosophy of Ministry

We want to be a church that serves and makes a real difference in the world. We are completely unsatisfied with the status quo of simply GOING to church, and we are intent on BEING the Church. Jesus taught that his church should serve as the light of the world, which means that we must be willing to take our shine wherever there is darkness. As such, we cannot be content with simply serving each other on Sunday, or even serving in our own neighborhood the remainder of the week. There is a lost world that needs the gospel of Jesus Christ, and it is our mission to get it to them.

Where We're Involved

Local & Global

  • Kenya
  • Greece
  • India
  • Ecuador
  • Local Schools
  • Urban Ministry
  • College Campuses

Email us to learn how you can get involved in any one of our Global and Local missions opportunities.


Global Missions

At Cumberland, we take the call to “go to the nations” seriously, but we are strategic in our approach once we get there. We believe that each community should direct its own development. Every community has different needs and in most cases, local residents have a much better understanding of these needs than those on the outside.

To ensure that our ministries are relevant and will have a long-term impact, we pursue programs and projects based on local community leaders’ requests and invitation. This process also helps to organize and train local leadership in decision-making, which is critical for the sustainability and well-being of future generations. 


Ministry Through Being Present

While we depend on and greatly appreciate financial gifts, we believe that the gift of presence is uniquely transformational. Through time together, volunteers and communities build mutually enriching relationships, impacting both locally and globally.

Local Missions

Cumberland Local Missions primarily focusus on restoration efforts. This is an important distinction from the rescue efforts that are a focal point in many ministries. We work long term in communities, empowering them to reach their full potential. Cumberland has a rich history in our community using an integrated approach that includes education, job training, and spiritual development. By investing in our own community over many years, we strive to see permanent and total transformation.