CBC is uniquely called and positioned to be a church for all people. We live in an urban region with growing ethnic diversity. In spite of language and cultural barriers, our passion is to see people from every generation, ethnicity and background worshiping, serving and having meaningful relationships together in one local church! Our weekly worship services increasingly reflect the ethnic diversity found in our communities.
International Ministries serves as a bridge into the corporate life of our church, we also have fellowship groups that intentionally target specific language groups and ethnicities. The purpose in these gatherings is to create a friendly and safe environment where spiritual seekers can learn about Jesus and the life He came to give, as well as giving Christ followers an opportunity to worship and connect in their own language and culture. These groups then seek to help each person become comfortable with and integrated into the larger, diverse congregation.
As a result, first generation immigrants find the help they need in the smaller ethnic groups, while the 2nd and 3rd generation young person can also fit in to the broader activities of Generation Unleashed.
Present International Ministry groups include:
Arabic Speaking Small Group
Christian Arabic speakers reaching out to the unsaved and lost. Teaching, worship and fellowship.
Contact: Albert & Abir Hakim, 503.957.3530
Meet together every Sunday at 4:30 pm on the Rocky Butte Campus. Children’s classes are provided for children ages 2-10 years. Weekly activities include women’s prayer and worship team practice. Special events, holidays and appreciation for Burmese culture are celebrated several times throughout the year. There is an exciting emphasis on reaching out and helping Burmese refugees resettle in the Portland area. The service is in Burmese.
Contact: King Mang Zam and Cin Lun, 503.762.7560
Spanish Service on the 217 Campus every Sunday at 1:30 pm. We also offer a growing number Hispanic small groups throughout the metro area.
Contact: Miriam Trolese, 503.255.2224
Meet together for a bilingual service every Sunday at 4:30 pm on the Rocky Butte Campus. Children’s classes are provided for children ages 2-10 yrs. Some from Vietnam, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries enjoy this group as well. Special events, holidays and appreciation for Lao culture are celebrated several times throughout the year.
Contact: Oudom and Alicia Phanthavong, 360.993.2214
Romanian Small Groups
Contact: Ben & Kelly Ivan, 503.674.7873
Meet in small groups in the Portland Metro and Vancouver areas. Several special events are celebrated all together throughout the year.
Contact: Vladimir and Elena Kovalyuk, 503.382.1722
Meet together weekly on Saturday from 4pm-6pm. Worship is done in Sudanese Arabic and English. There is a children's program available.
Contact: Sam and Susan Dilla, 503.442.6280