From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells a story of God who is on a mission, reconciling the world to Himself. All of history is moving toward God's plan to redeem humanity through the work of Jesus Christ - The gospel - Good-news! We summarize this story with four terms: Creation, Fall, Rescue and Restoration.
In CREATION, God created all things perfect and good because He is perfect and good. In FALL, we learn how Adam and Eve rebelled against God through disobedience (sin) and this brought a curse upon all of creation that distorted it from its original design and left humanity with a need. The ultimate consequence for this rebellion is death - eternal separation from a loving God. We are left to wonder, “can anything be done about this; is there any hope?” But a RESCUE was promised, foretold, and revealed in partial ways throughout the Old Testament scriptures - that God would one day rescue mankind from the presence, power, and consequences of sin through a Savior. And this plan was fully realized and perfected in the person and work of Jesus (His life, death and resurrection). In RESTORATION, for all who put their faith in Jesus alone for rescue from sin, God has promised to make all things new - just like it was in creation - with no more pain, suffering, sickness, sin or death. This is the good news of Jesus - this is the Gospel - this God’s story of Redemption.
We believe that for all those who embrace this good news, Jesus and the Gospel transforms all of life and we will develop the desire to discover it for ourselves and reveal it to others. We believe God's heart is infinitely loving and His desire is to offer His gift-of-life in His Son to everyone. If you would like to know more about God’s story of redemption, contact one of the leaders of Missio Church and/or watch the brief film below. Once you have watched it, share it with someone else.
to equip passionate disciples of Jesus that give every man, woman, and child, repeated opportunities to see, hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ without having to come or go anywhere.
our church values
God wants more than for us to simply come to church. He wants us (all of His people) to be the church - his vehicle to accomplish His mission. Our desire is to be an expression of His body that is lead by values that define us as a church and help us center our lives on God’s mission.
our discipleship outcomes
In order for us to reach Long Island with the Gospel of Jesus Christ God must transform us for his glory and for the sake of others. We long to see God transform us in spirit generated, measurable outcomes listed below.
our church leadership
We look to Jesus Christ as our Senior Pastor
Jesus Ruled - Elder Led - Deacon Served - Congregationally Accountable
We practice “Interdependent Leadership”. God gives the gift of leadership to the church and calls a plurality of leaders with complimentary abilities and functions to serve Him collectively and primarily to equip, empower and release all of God’s people (Ephesians 4:11-12), the church, and their gifts, for the glory of God, his mission of redemption and the work of ministry. The primary metaphor to describe the New Testament Church is the “body” comprised of individual members serving as differing parts (I Corinthians 12:8-27) with Jesus Christ as the only appointed “Head” of His “body”. We see the model of leadership established in the very nature of the Trinity; (1 Corinthians 12:4-7) three distinct persons (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) with three distinct roles, acting in complete interdependence with one another. Interdependent Leadership is grounded biblically in God’s design for His body and modeled God’s nature, but it also emphasizes the “heart” God desires for His leadership - humble service for the sake of others (Mathew 20:20-28, Philippians 2:5-8). Each leader mutually submits to and empowers the others to lead where they are most gifted. This provides a high level of accountability, cultivates humility and trust, and gives confidence to the body to know the leaders must collectively be convinced of God’s will for the church before acting. We believe Interdependent leaders, collectively leading out God’s mission for His Church, can more completely mobilize and disciple the body to carry out its destiny in the world.
The following individual lead together, under Jesus authority and headship each having a variety of complimentary functions and gifts.
Frank Bucalo - Ron Danler - Ralph Gurge - Tom Polis - Harry Reyes
You can contact the leaders of Missio Church here.
our core teaching
This summary is not an exhaustive list but is intended to summarize what we teach as a church. These doctrines are not a prerequisite for someone to attend our church or even to become a member of our church. The 2000 Baptist Faith & Message is a supplement to our church statement.
Our church (originally called Temple Baptist Church) began on December 25, 1983, as a mission of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Shirley, NY, in hopes of reaching the small communities of the Middle of Long Island with the gospel of Jesus. We moved to our current facility in Ridge, NY in 2009. God’s primary vehicle for taking his story (the gospel) to the world is through all of Christ’s people, the church, not just a few pastors or religious superstars. We are called Missio Church because it reminds us why we exist - we believe the church does not exist primarily for itself (us), but for the sake of others - to be on mission even as God is on a mission to save sinners through Jesus Christ. Missio is Latin for “the mission”. We take seriously our responsibility and calling to make disciples of all nations ~ to be on mission for the glory and fame of Jesus Christ.
“in your going” (or wherever you go) “…make disciples...” (Matthew 28)
God (our creator) and Jesus (our Savior), desire all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all. (1 Timothy 2:6,7)
our affiliations and ministry partners
our circle of accountability
God has called us, and we are committed to, saturating the local geography God has given us with the gospel and to financially support others to take the gospel outside our sphere of influence.
We intentionally seek to reach the five mile radius around our church with the gospel - our local circle (Ridge, Middle Island, Shoreham, Shirley, Yaphank). We also partner with individuals & organizations to reach areas beyond our local geography (Suffolk and Nassau County) with the gospel - our regional circle; and we partner with missionaries and ministries to reach the domestic areas outside of our region (State of NY and the United States) in ways that we can not do from our current location - our domestic circle. Finally we have international partners who take the gospel to places beyond our borders - our world circle.
For the sake and safety of those who live in areas that are hostile to the gospel message, we do not list all our partners but some of our local, regional, domestic & global partners are listed at the bottom of the page.: If you have additional questions about our philosophy of missions; would like to know more about the people we support; or if you would like to give financially to support our partners, please contact our church.
our church logo
...is a reminder to us of our calling and responsibility to God's mission. The mountainesque portrayal of the “M” reminds us that Jesus, on a mountain in Galilee, called all his disciples to be on His mission. Long Island reminds us that God has called us to bring the gospel of Jesus to this particular area of New York - giving those we encounter opportunities to see, hear and respond to the gospel. The circle reminds us of the places God has already sovereign put us (specifically Suffolk County, the town of Brookhaven & the communities surrounding Ridge, both as individuals & as a church - our “circle of accountability” - that we might saturate these areas with a gospel presence.
In your going, where ever you go, make disciples.