Mission Philosophy

Believers in Jesus Christ are entrusted with fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt. 28 19-20). Therefore, it follows that the local church must make fulfilling the Great Commission a priority for its members. Missions ministry ought to be a vital and integral part of each local church ministry rather than the special province of "Missions Professional" or "Parachurch" organizations.

A missionary is a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is called by God to a lifetime of service outside of the vicinity of their local church. The primary objectives of the missionary are the teaching and preaching of God's word, the discipling of believers, and the establishment of New Testament churches. The proper motivation for missions is a desire to serve the Lord out of gratitude and obedience.

Missionaries must have strong, stable, and biblical families. Missionaries must have a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures, and have complete confidence in them, so that they can live out the principals of God's Word in their individual lives and communicate all the revealed Word of God to others. Missionaries must be clear in their understanding of the whole purpose of God to avoid teaching a "sanctified tradition/' Missionaries are called to a lifetime of service; they are not to dabble in ministry but are to fulfill the ministry.

The missionary must trust the Word of God for counsel in all areas of life, rather than rely on the resources and methodology of secular sociology, psychology, or anthropology, which are often in conflict with Scripture. The whole counsel of God must be taught regardless of peculiar cultural hostilities toward particular doctrines. God's Word judges and applies to every person and every culture. There is no provision in Scripture for an "American theology," an "Asian theology," an "African theology," or any other theology that adds to what God has revealed about Himself in His Word.

As missionaries work, they must stress the universal hopeless condition of everyone and the hope for us all found only in Christ. Missionaries must function as active leaders, equal with the elders of the receiving church, rather than impartial observers and advisors. While acknowledging cultural distinctive, missionaries must not divide the body of Christ into "indigenous" bodies composed of specific tribal groups or cultural and past religious traditions that erect new barriers within Christ's church. In a true local body of Christ, missionaries, expatriates, and nationals should all exercise their spiritual gifts in that assembly.

The Church is commissioned to make disciples of all the nations. The challenge is to do so consistent with all of God's revealed Word.