Our Missions Focus

Our mission is to LOVE God and LOVE people, through the power of the Gospel, both here in the Colorado Springs region and around the world. 


GO (Global Outreach) Team

The GO Team is made up of missions-minded members of the Ascent who seek to live out God's mission right here in our own backyard - but who also connect on a regular basis with our global partnerships and missionaries around the world. Contact Executive Pastor Brian Petak (brian@theascentchurch.com) if you are interested in finding out more information.


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Ascent Global Strategy

Our global priorities are based on the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 and Jesus' words in Acts 1:8. We seek to accomplish these priorities by coming alongside strategic global partnerships and select missionaries that facilitate church planting, leader development & community transformation - primarily through the local church - in some of the most spiritually needy places in the world.  

"STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP": A mutually beneficial relationship with a shared vision, working together toward common goals, based on honest communication and accountability, with the freedom to strategize in your own ministry context.

Our strategy - and any decision we make regarding allocation of resources and people - is based on what we call "The 4 C's":

  • CHURCH EMPOWERMENTWe believe the Church is the greatest force for redemption on the planet and therefore the vehicle through which God most effectively works to bring TRUTH and HOPE to a lost and hurting world. In short, the local church world-wide is critical to multiplying the Gospel to bring about transformation not only in individuals, but in any culture. We seek to build solid partnerships with trusted and faithful leaders who work primarily through the local church around the world. 
  • COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: Multiplying the Gospel means multiplying the transformation of lives and communities. Churches will grow and expand their impact when a church partnership strategy integrates tangible, sustainable solutions to a community’s greatest problems. Through Community Transformation, we model and assist the local church with easily facilitated trainings in the local community to help people take ownership of their community’s future and recognize the resources God has entrusted to them.
  • CHILDREN AT RISK: Believing that children are the hope for the future, we seek to be a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children - through the power of the Gospel to transform lives - by partnering with churches and organizations in the areas of biblical education, strategic research, public policy analysis, collaboration and advocacy. 
  • CRISIS RESPONSEThe thoughts and prayers of our church family go out to the people of any disaster – natural or otherwise - who are affected physically, spiritually, emotionally and financially by the disaster... When something happens, our first response is to wonder what we should do. Past experiences have helped us develop a proper response as we seek to minister to those impacted. In the initial stages of response, we PRAY, WAIT and EVALUATE. As the situation becomes more clear, we IDENTIFY the right partnership. Then, we ACT and GIVE, extending the hands and feet of Christ in tangible ways.

2017 Short-Term Mission Trips

Kenya - December 5-9, 2017 


Pastor Richard and Hellen Makani are Kenyan missionaries supported by The Ascent Church. While church planting in Kitale, they came across the Kipsongo Slum (“The Place of Hopelessness”) and felt compelled to help and started Seeds Ministry. The Makanis began to dream of a home for orphans, a school, and a feeding station to meet their daily needs. Seeds Academy educates 500 students age 3--grade 8, and a High School is currently under construction and has begun classes. Seeds Orphanage provides love and care for 230 kids. Our teams have been conducting VBS and Bible Study, playing with the kids, and teaching leadership and life skills to the older kids. We have also established a vocational woodshop called "Joe's Workshop" which teaches life skills and provides needed furniture for the schools and orphanage.

Contact: Christy Vermeer & Faye Gebhardt - 


Ethiopia - Feb 14-26, 2018

*** Due to unrest and terrorist activity in the Debre Zeit region, the February 2017 Ethiopia trip has been postponed until safety can be restored. ***
In Feb. 2010, The Ascent Church entered into a partnership with Compassion International and Mehale Ketama Kale Heywet Church in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia on a mission to release children from poverty in Jesus' name. Each year we have sent a team to partner in building a strong, united relationship in Christ. 
On this trip, we will have many opportunities to partner in ministry with our sister church. We will minister to the elderly people who live in extreme poverty through a partnering ministry called Reach One Touch One Ministries (ROTOM). We will visit Compassion International sponsor children and their families and have opportunities for Bible teaching, leadership training, evangelism, working with children of the church, youth and families. Could God be calling you to go on a trip such as this, and use the God-given gifts He has given you?
Contact: Jay & Kimberly Hartwell – Ethiopia@theascentchurch.com