Our Mission & Vision
Missions 3:16 supports missionaries and fulfills the Great Commission
What we do can be broken down into three core statements:
Evangelism and Discipleship = Reaching and Teaching
Mentoring and Church Planting = Molding and Strengthening
Leadership Training and Nationalization = Training and Empowering
Evangelism and Discipleship
= Reaching and Teaching
Leadership Training and Nationalization
= Training and Empowering
Then it is the job of our missionaries to work in a support-capacity, as a helper to the national leadership that the Lord raises up. Last, they put themselves under the national leadership, doing whatever is needed to help them, only as long as is needed. Finally, as Paul did, our missionaries move on, to begin the same process somewhere else. And that’s what we do!
Mentoring and Church Planting
= Molding and Strengthening
The Apostle Paul planted churches, strengthened the local church body, trained the nationals, turned the work over to them, and moved on. And so, if our missionaries would be imitators of the Biblical pattern, they must do the same.
Church leaders are referred to as shepherds in the NT. Shepherding means teaching, nurturing, feeding, sharing resources, facilitating, and building a strong church. All through the NT, the local church is the main vehicle for carrying out the Great Commission. In, through, and coming out of the local church is missions, the only way to fulfill Jesus’ Acts 1:8 command to go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts.
Without sending-churches, missionaries are operating outside of God’s missions template. And they have no Biblical authority watching over them. Their primary accountability is to their sending-church, which is also their main source of prayers, encouragement, blessing, partnership, and involvement.
Without strong local churches being established among the nations, the nationals will not be able to fulfill their obligation to obey the Great Commission according to God’s plan. Strong national churches end up being the next level of sending-churches!
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