COCM is not a program. It's a part of the mission of the Coptic Orthodox Church. COCM began as a vision by HG Bishop Suriel and has quickly been shared with our members who belong to the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne and affiliated regions. As a department of the diocese to the mission of the Church, COCM is combined of individuals, servants and parishes, -- that share the same values and commit to a common cause. COCM members share the goal of working together in an aim to assist in nourishing and educating families both on a physical and spiritual level thereby providing better and closer knowledge of relationship with God through love, friendship, prayer and encouragement.
The mission of the Coptic Orthodox Church is not static. Mission implies action. COCM has become responsible for this mission and evangelism within the Diocese and throughout the South Pacific. The Coptic Orthodox Church with the blessing of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ intends to sow the seeds of the Gospel. We develop new models and resources to share the Gospel of Christ in the places where they can make the most significant impact.
There are many reasons why we should reach out and evangelise or get involve into some missionary work.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, commanded in Matt: 28:19-20 were: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the end of the age."
It is very easy to say: 'This is for monks or priests and since I am not a monk or a priest, I do not have any obligation to do this,' but this is a mistake.
The theological understanding of mission is that every person who is incorporated into the Church bears a responsibility for the Church. Every person has a vocation and of course, he or she must see in his/her heart how this will be expressed and experienced.
There are different ways of participating in a missionary effort. Not all of us shall leave our countries and go somewhere in Asia, Africa or the South Pacific.
For every person today there is a possibility to do missionary work. Mission is not only for priests or monks, it is for everybody.
The desire of the Lord is to save each individual as noted in Luke 15, where He talks about three parables: 'The Lost Sheep,' 'The Lost Coin,' and 'The Lost Son.' In each parable, we can see where Godís heart is. How many of us come in contact each day with lost ones? It is the Lordís desire to find someone like you to carry out the gospel joyful message, the word of life, and the light of salvation to those who have strayed