Oakdale’s mission ministry equips ordinary people to go, and do extraordinary things carrying the love of Christ. Through discipleship, we connect people with volunteer opportunities within the church, the community, the nation, or around the globe based on their spiritual gifts, passions, life experiences, and personality.
"We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God." —John Stott
“You did not choose me, I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit." —John 15: 16 NIV
Lauren (Stitzlein) Basey grew up at Oakdale Church and now ministers to college students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and surrounding colleges with the campus ministry Cru. Cru works help fulfill the Great Commission by "winning", "building" and "sending" college students. There is tremendous competition for the hearts and minds of college students. Cru staff and students work together to win students to Christ through individual and group outreaches and initiating spiritual conversations with students. Cru staff help build students through discipleship relationships, weekly small group Bible studies, and a weekly large group worship time with in-depth Bible teaching. Finally, Cru emphasizes that every Christian has a part to play in the Great Commission and equips college students to share the Gospel with their peers, and view wherever God takes them as their mission field. Cru also mobilizes students to go to the nations on 4-6 week Summer Missions and 1-2 international internships after college. College students are an extremely strategic group for helping to fulfill the Great Commission. Lauren works specifically to win, build, and send sorority women through Cru's "Greek Impact" movement, and 25 women in the junior class at UTC. She and her husband, Jeff, got married in June 2020 and Jeff volunteers with the Cru ministry.
Please Pray: For the students as they are home for the summer that they will grow in their hunger for God and that He would prepare them for the fall. Pray especially for the incoming freshman that Lauren and the Cru team would have the opportunity to meet them.
Missions Events & Announcements
Recording of Persecuted Church Interview
Serve with Local Missions
There are serving opportunities for you, your family or your small group to support especially now during the pandemic. Check out all the opportunities to serve locally at oakdale.church/missions/local/ then select Community Meals.