The Medford Gospel Mission is a religious non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Oregon. We have been recognized as a 501(c)(3) religious non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service and thereby tax exempt.
Medford Gospel Mission’s Purpose
The primary purpose of the Medford Gospel Mission is to reach people in our community with the saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as understood in the Protestant / Evangelical traditions through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. (1) see statement of faith below
Our secondary purpose is to serve our guests, with the abundance of gifts that the Lord has blessed us; enabling us to feed, clothe and shelter people in need. It is our desire to not simply provide a handout but to provide a “hand up”, giving individuals the ability to make real changes in their lives. Therefore, we provide programs that teach individuals to live as valuable members of our community and their chosen church.
Medford Gospel Mission’s Affiliations
This Mission is a member of the AGRM (agrm.org) Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.
AGRM’s Mission Statement: “AGRM exists to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted; and to accelerate quality and effectiveness in member missions.”
AGRM’s Vision Statement: “AGRM will foster and feed a movement of diverse, energetic disciples who will see the practice of hospitality to the destitute as both a catalyst for life transformation in Jesus and a fundamental expression of their Christian faith, thus propelling the church into the lead role in society’s quest to alleviate homelessness.”
Although we are a member of the AGRM, it is not our governing body. Each member mission is locally governed by it’s Board of Directors.
The Medford Gospel Mission was founded by members of local Protestant/Evangelical churches and works closely with them to proclaim the gospel as well as meet the needs of the poor and needy in our community. Many church members pray, donate, and volunteer to our ministry helping us be an arm of the churches in the Rogue Valley.
Statement of Faith
The Medford Gospel Mission is committed to the foundational doctrines of the Evangelical/Protestant Christian faith. Yet, we recognize in the Church of Jesus Christ that there are disputable matters, doctrines upon which members of the Church differ. Therefore, we have established what we consider essential vs. non-essential doctrines.
The following doctrines of the Church we consider essential to the Christian faith:
1) We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, Word of God and the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2Timothy 3:16, 2Peter 1:21)
2) We believe there is one God, eternally existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 45:22, 1John 5:7)
3) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is Deity, that He was born of a virgin, that we are redeemed by His atoning death through His shed blood, that He bodily resurrected and ascended into heaven, and that He will come again in power and great glory. (John 5:39, 1Corinthians 5:21, 1Corinthians 15:4, Acts 2:9-11)
4) We believe that people are saved through a direct, personal encounter with the risen Lord, at which time they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and that salvation is by grace, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, apart from works of righteousness. (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5)
5) We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whom Christ indwells each believer enabling them to live a Godly life of obedience as they reach for spiritual maturity. (John 14:16, 17)
6) We believe the Holy Spirit unites all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that together they form one body, the Church. (Colossians 1:18, 24)
7) We believe in the resurrection of the body unto eternal existence either in heaven or hell. (Rev. 20:12-15, 1Thes. 4:14-17, Acts 24:15)
The Medford Gospel Mission provides various programs for both men and women that help them make positive changes in their lives and become productive members of our community and members of local churches. We provide both long-term and short-term programs.
SPIRITUAL: We offer morning Bible Study, six days a week and Chapel Services, seven nights a week, where pastors and teachers of local churches share the good news of the gospel with our guests. These are mandatory for men that are in our programs and optional for our other guests. Our staff is also available to give biblical counseling to our guests.
SHELTER: In addition to the programs that we offer, we provide five nights emergency shelter every month to people in need. When temperatures drop below 32 degrees, anyone is eligible to stay based on their level of cooperation.
FOOD: The central focus of our meals ministry is the Main Ingredient Community Restaurant. This is open seven nights a week 5-6:30pm. It is here that our guests are served restaurant quality food in a full-service dining environment. What makes the restaurant special is our volunteer staff from the community that play the role of waiters and waitresses, giving our guests a great experience. Over half the people we serve through the restaurant are not homeless but are the working poor in our community.
CLOTHING: The Outfit Outlet is our free clothing store where guests and community members can shop for quality used clothes six days a week. Again, over half the people we serve through the store are not homeless but are the working poor in our community.
1958 – The Medford Gospel Mission formed as a local steering committee. It was comprised of individuals from the local protestant/evangelical churches concerned for reaching the poor and needy with the good news of the Gospel.
1959 – We opened our doors at 33 South Front Street in March. This was the location of our operation for 3 1/2 years until the building was sold to make room for a grocery store and we had to close our doors.
1965 – About 1 1/2 years later we opened our doors again at 409 N. Front street this time in a building that we built for the purpose of housing the Mission.
1974 – The Mission purchased an old house on Bartlett street to be used as our Women and Children’s Shelter.
1980 – Bill Gourley and his wife Margaret moved to Medford. Margaret served as Manager of the Women and Children’s Shelter as Bill served as Associate Director of the Mission.
1988 – Was the year Bill was promoted to Executive Director of the Mission.
1993 – We were able to demolish the old Bartlett street house and build a new Women and Children’s Shelter on the property.
1997 – Jason Bull was hired and served as Associate Director of the Mission.
1999 – After 32 years, at the Front Street location, we were able to purchase and remodel our current location at 125 W. Jackson.
2008 – The Outfit Outlet Free Clothing Store opens.
2010 – The Main Ingredient Free Restaurant opens and starts serving full service meals with the help of volunteers.
2017 – Jason Bull was promoted to Executive Director of the Mission.