After Jesus met Zacchaeus at the sycamore tree, He said He had come “to seek and save (Greek.: “Sozo” – restore/ make whole/ heal) what was lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus commissions His followers, His Church, to do the same.
The Sycamore Commission is a growing international teaching and equipping ministry committed to the support and reformation of the Church. Founded and directed by Mike and Cindy Riches, Sycamore along with its associates and partners ministers in many nations in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America.
Sycamore ministers to churches, church leaders, and individual Christians to bring about a restoration of the power and ministry of Jesus to lives, ministries, and communities around the world.
The Sycamore Commission was born in an effort to help the Church recover and live out Jesus’ mission statement as found, in His own words, in Luke 4:18-19,
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
We believe strongly that Jesus intended for this mission to continue with His disciples both then and now (see John 14:12 and 17:18,20). The focus of our ministry, therefore, is to serve the Body of Christ by helping church leaders, churches, and individual Christians understand, fully recover, and live out the powerful, life-changing, Kingdom-advancing ministry of Jesus Christ!
Our Vision is to see the Church of Jesus Christ living in her intended glory, equipped and effective in carrying out the ministry of Jesus, as modeled in the Gospels and the book of Acts.
We work towards this vision through teaching and equipping churches, leaders and individual followers of Christ.
Conferences, workshops, equipping and training resources.
Additional we provide consultation for ministry and leadership development upon request.
Mike has served as a lead pastor for approximately 30 years beginning in 1983. He is still in full-time pastoral ministry as lead pastor of Harborview Fellowship in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Since 2002 Mike has ministered internationally having founded the Sycamore Commission. His vision is to see the Church equipped and effective in carrying out Jesus’ ministry and mission as modeled in the gospels and by the Early Church.
His ministry involves teaching, training, leadership development and support, and freedom prayer training.
It has taken him to many nations in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. He has authored Living Free: Recovering God’s Design for Your Life, The Living Free Course, Hearing God’s Voice for Yourself and Others (co-authored with Tom Jonez), and The Freedom Prayer Training Course.
Mike and his wife Cindy love the outdoors, diverse cultural experiences, and are the parents of two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and grandparents of an energetic granddaughter.
Aaron and his wife have spent the formative years of their life ministering to individuals and the church in a bi-vocational capacity. The call to serve the church full-time became clear in the early days of 2015 and to that end they joined the Sycamore Commission team. Aaron has a passion for church reformation for the next generation. He is also an Elder at Harborview Fellowship where he ministers to the congregation through preaching, discipleship, & as the Missional Community Group Pastor.
Aaron received his undergraduate degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, has a Masters in Christian Ministry from Faith Seminary in Tacoma, WA and is a licensed attorney in the State of Washington.
Aaron and his wife Jennifer enjoy spending time outside with their family in the great Pacific Northwest. They are the parents to two biological children as well as licensed foster parents.
Aarons ministry is faith based. If you want to give CLICK HERE
Jesus said that He came ‘to seek and save what was lost’ (Luke 19:10). The word “save” here is translated from the Greek word sozo, meaning “restoration, healing and making whole. ”
In the Gospels’ account of Jesus’ own ministry on earth, this word is used to describe spiritual salvation, physical healing, and also deliverance from the influence of the God’s enemy, the devil. Jesus came to restore every way in which Satan has stolen and destroyed God’s original design and purpose for our lives.
In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus describes His own ministry as including preaching Good News to the poor, proclaiming freedom to the captives, sight to the blind, release for the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
In John 14:12, Jesus tells us that ANYONE who has faith in Him will do what He did and even greater things. As the Father sent Him into the world, so He sends us (John 17:18). Therefore our mission, as His Church, is to continue the ministry that He had on earth and to bring restoration in the same ways that He did. The Sycamore Commission works to equip the Church for this mission.