We primarily partner with indigenous mission partners in the least reached areas of the world that are dedicated to church planting and community development.
We’re a community development organization giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn a house by serving their community. We respect families and communities as active participants in their own development, not passive recipients.
We strive to train, equip and empower local residents, leaders, pastors and organizations to lift each other out of physical, spiritual and emotional poverty.
We concentrate our efforts on long-term sustainable solutions.
Pantano has partnered with 1Mission for over 25 years to build homes in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Our annual Rocky Point mission teams join families to build 4 to 5 homes a year providing a safe, healthy and warm place to live and grow.Learn More
We’re a child-advocacy ministry pairing compassionate people with children living in extreme poverty to release the children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty.
Pantano has helped launch two Compassion centers in Playas, Ecuador (2015) & Santa Rosa, Ecuador (2021). We are proud that Pantano's partnership with Compassion has resulted in nearly 700 children being sponsored over the years (with 307 currently being sponsored).
Our total support of these projects has been over $1.3 million!Learn More
Unite 4 Africa mobilizes, unites, equips individuals, communities and organizations to transform themselves spiritually, socially, physically and economically bringing abundant life in Christ.
Okongo Samson founded Unite 4 Africa in 2003. After becoming a 501c3 in 2006, Pantano joined in as a partner and sent the first of many short term teams. Okongo has been a part of Pantano Christian Church for 16 years, and over the years Pantano has helped raise support for animals, for orphans, leadership development, and church construction.
Many of our overseas partners work together - mobilizing, equipping, and empowering people to advance the Kingdom!Learn More
The Africa Internship Center in Sege, Ghana trains ministry leaders in structured CHE sessions throughout the year. The center is also a home and school for orphaned youth and provides a family style upbringing for the kids who are too old to attend traditional African orphanages.
Since 2008, Pantano has partnered with Dayo Obaweya, Medical Ambassadors International's (MAI's) Regional Coordinator for West Africa and Chairman of the Global Community Health Evangelism (CHE) Network, in supporting the Africa Internship Center in Ghana. The center is a training center for ministry leaders and serves as a home and school for orphaned youth in the region.
The children are taught the CHE principles and receive training in agriculture, livestock, water harvesting and mechanical trades so they can re‐enter a community with the skills to earn a living and share their knowledge.
Heartbeat for Africa (HBA) is a faith-based, nonprofit foundation that exists to honor and join God in being a blessing to the people of rural Africa through community transformation with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty, disease, unemployment and hopelessness.
Partners with Christian-based, African non-profits that are involved in ministering to children who have been orphaned or rescued from human trafficking; agencies employing the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) strategy to promote development within communities using local talent and resources; and agencies providing medical services/clinics.
Heartbeat for Africa (HBA) begin as a faith vision given to the organization’s founder, Ed Harrow - a past Executive Director at Pantano. Following a third trip to Africa in 2006, Ed clearly felt God leading him to develop a non-profit foundation to reach out to individuals, churches and secular organizations to make a difference in the lives of people in Ghana and throughout West Africa. In October 2006, Heartbeat for Africa became a reality as a 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the state of Arizona.
Formerly EBC, Sarvoday is a network of domestic Indian Kingdom agencies that are multiplying Jesus' followers and transforming communities throughout the northern states. It was founded and is led by Sevanand (pseudonym), who employs multiple strategies reaching and transforming communities. These programs include CHE (Community Health Evangelism), DMM (Disciple Making Movements), and MED (Micro-Enterprise Development).
Pantano became acquainted with Sevanand when he was being mentored with BORN. Later Sevanand formed EBC. With a focus on Disciple Making Movement, and Community Health Evangelism (CHE), Sevanand’s mission was a good fit with Pantano’s vision for global outreach.
As a result, an amazing partnership was formed. While on short term team trips, we have seen leaders trained and excited about CHE and villages that were resistant welcome CHE, (especially the Women’s Cycle of Life trainings). Over the years, we have seen villagers begin receiving the Gospel and many home worship groups established.
visionSynergy helps Christian organizations work together for maximum impact by developing and strengthening strategic ministry networks and partnerships in critical areas of world mission. We play a unique role in the worldwide Christian movement as one of the few mission service organizations specifically dedicated to empowering ministry collaboration.
Longtime Pantano partners Tim and Susie Brown are Mission Strategy Specialists in oral communications and collaboration. They provide training, mentoring and coaching to national pastors, leaders, and others around the world. Tim is Director of the South Asia Region for visionSynergy and Susie is Regional Director of Bridges for Women for South and South East Asia, Scriptures in Use.Learn More
To equip and train indigenous, local and regional partner organizations worldwide to communicate the Scriptures using Oral Bible Strategies in order to evangelize, disciple and plant churches among unreached people groups. “Every Tribe, Tongue and Nation” hearing the gospel helps to reach the lost, unreached and unengaged.
Pantano has partnered with Scriptures in Use (SIU), based in Green Valley, since 1989, encouraging field partners to use the orality strategy developed by SIU founders Jim and Carla Bowman. This strategy trains national pastors and church planters how to memorize and to share Bible stories in their mother tongue language and their culture's oral arts -- stories, songs, dramas, poems, etc. This strategy is essential in parts of the world where most people don't read. But even if they can read their hearts are transformed when they hear the Bible passages and engage in discussion with the storytellers. Currently several of the SIU staff and their families attend Pantano including Susie Brown, Ryan Anderson and CEO Kent Keifer. Dean Gudgel, long-time Pantano member, is the chairman of the SIU board of directors.Learn More
Tavriski Christian Institute (TCI) strives to meet the needs of the churches by developing the programs and forms of teaching for people of different ages, backgrounds and ministry experiences. We aim at creating necessary conditions for academic, practical and spiritual formation and growth of students and helping them discover their gifts in order to become useful for the Church and God's Kingdom.
The school was started by Pastor Glen Elliott in the 90's and is the only accreditied school for Christian ministry in Ukraine. A partner for many years, TCI's sole purpose is to teach Christian ministers to go forth in Ukraine and elsewhere to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.Learn More
Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is a Christ-centered educational program that is being used by hundreds of Christian churches and organizations across the globe. CHE equips communities to identify issues and mobilize resources to achieve positive, sustainable change. Lives and communities are transformed as people come to Christ and work together to address local needs.
The Global CHE Network is an association of people and organizations using the strategy of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) to serve impoverished communities in urban and rural settings around the world.Learn More
Connecting Hope Mission is a holistic ministry that is all about bringing hope to those who have lost faith. “We want to give hope to those who are physically suffering, socially abandoned, economically trapped, and spiritually seeking.” Connecting Hope Mission is implementing the key strategies of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and Bridges (Biblical Storytelling) in Ethiopia, Africa.
Our mission is to train church leaders in how to effectively implement personal evangelism that make disciples, who put their faith into action in order to grow the Kingdom of God.
Mike and Dani Butka are experienced missionaries that we have supported for years in Ecuador. In Ecuador, they planted a church, implemented CHE, trained others in outreach & evangelism, and handed the ministry over to local leadership. They are now training churches in Africa in the peace treaty evangelism curriculum.
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God made me & God loves me!
Our Sunday classes are designed to incite wonder, provoke discovery and help your child develop a passionate love for Jesus! Our curriculum is built around simple, but powerful truths, simple crafts and age-appropriate activities that meet little ones where they are at spiritually, cognitively and socially.
All Bible lessons focus around 3 basic truths:
Worship music, crafts, prizes and games
Our Sunday classes are all about digging into the Bible! Kids will be challenged in their spiritual growth through Bible lessons taught personally and through creative teaching techniques. We also incorporate upbeat worship music, as well as crafts, prizes and games that help kids remember the lesson and keep them engaged and excited to come back to church!
We want the church to be a fun and safe place to grow, develop friendships and learn about our amazing God!
All teachers and helpers must be regular attendees of Pantano Christian Church, (having attended regularly for at least 3-6 months or past church attendance is verified if new to the area), and must have a Confidential Application and Background Check on file.
For Benevolence info, please call the church office at 520.298.5395.
Take control of your money with Financial Peace University! This nine-lesson class uses Biblical wisdom and common sense to help you tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you!
FreedUp is a six-week program that’s focused on your financial habits and freedom from debt! You will need a cell phone (android or Iphone) or a tablet to participate in this new Biblically-based financial class.
Personal financial coaching in available upon request at no charge. A coach will work along side of you in preparing personalized financial statements, establishing a budget, a debt-reduction plan, or whatever else in necessary to get your financial life in order. The goal is to assist you in becoming more effective stewards of the resources God has provided.Request A Coach
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The Compass will help in your journey along the Pathway to following Jesus well. Experience spiritual transformation and growth with a spiritual assessment that will recommend personalized next steps.Login to the compass
We're excited to work with you on your upcoming wedding, and look forward to making your day special. Our goal is to equip you for a lifetime marriage and to partner with you to have a marriage that reflects Jesus Christ. With that in mind, we have designed a pre-marriage process for couples desiring to be married by one of our pastors.Premarital Application
Peer counseling is first and foremost a relationship between you and the counselor. It is a free short-term, solution-focused care in a safe and confidential environment, designed to help you move forward on your personal or family journey.Peer Counseling Request
Times: 6:30 - 8 PM
Dates: January 15 - Apr 29 (No class on Feb 19, Mar 18, Apr 8)
Location: Zone 45
When our eyes are set on God, we act right, think right, and live right. God created us to love Him and love others well! This Spring, our preteens will be studying practical lessons from the Bible in order to put God at the center of their lives and guard their hearts and their minds in Christ Jesus. Through games, activities, and small group discussion we will check our heart condition and discover ways to get our spiritual hearts in the best shape possible!
Kinder - 3rd Grades
Times: 6:30 - 8 PM
Dates: January 15 - Apr 29 (No class on Feb 19, Mar 18, Apr 8)
Location: Rooms KZ 11-13
The sea contains many wondrous sights created by God. When we go under the sea and take a closer look, we see that the sea has much to teach us about God. Join us as we DIVE deeper into what the Bible says about who God is and how he made us!
Times: 6:30 - 8 PM
Dates: January 15 - Apr 29 (No class on Feb 19, Mar 18, Apr 8)
Location: Rooms KZ 4, 5, 6
God created the Heaven and the Earth; and God created you!! He designed us to be creative and use our imagination! This Spring, our preschoolers will have fun making Feathery Friends, Mini Maracas, Crazy Creatures and much more as we learn some amazing stories from the Bible. Come join us as we color, paint, glue and draw our way through God’s amazing world!
We've complied a listing of resources from support groups to hotlines to websites to books for anyone in need of assistance/help with a particular life issue.
Tucson Area Intergroup Inc.
Local Help Line – Available 24/7
Sex Addicts Anonymous
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Our vision is to be a catalytic force to bless Southern Arizona and the world and all of our ministries are dedicated in accomplishing this vision. It is the passion and calling of our staff to carry out our vision and core values each and every day.
We are part of a group of churches often referred to as the “Independent Christian Church.” We have no formal connection to a denomination – hence the word “independent.” There are about 5,600 churches like us around the US, with more than 150 averaging over 1000 in attendance.
Mission: Loving people to Jesus, launching passionate people to make a difference.
Vision: is to be a catalytic force to bring God’s influence to Southern Arizona and strategic places in the world.
There is an ancient saying, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love.” This reflects our heart and belief at Pantano Christian Church. We are a non-denominational church that seeks unity in Christ, based on the essential truths of Scripture while allowing for diversity, differences, and even disagreements over non-essential doctrines. Below are six statements that reflect our corporate essentials and upon which we base our unity in Christ. We all believe much more than these statements and we encourage those who are part of Pantano Christian Church to vigorously search the scriptures and discuss “non-essential” although important doctrines, while not making those views a test of fellowship. Therefore, we believe in and are committed with our whole being to…
The above statements do not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind and is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purpose of Pantano Christian Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, discipline, and policy our Elders are the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
The following are core beliefs that shape who we are as a church community and define how we do ministry.