To spread the Glory of God both locally and globally.
Psalm 96:1-13; Psalm 100:1; 1 Chronicles 16:24-25; John 12:27-30; Romans 15:7-9; 1 Corinthians 10:31
To make Biblically patterned disciples by evangelizing the lost, teaching the saved, and planting churches.
Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8; Matthew 16:18; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 15:36-41; Acts 16:5; Acts 18:22-23; Acts 20:17; James 1:27; Matthew 25:34-45; Titus 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:2; Philippians 1:3-5
- We believe in a fairly narrow definition of missions, thus it is prudent to handle the Biblical mandates of doing ministry with people in two separate categories: missions and ministry. Missions has three essential components, namely evangelism of the lost, education of the saved, with the result of planting local churches. Other types of ministry may be Biblically driven but may not be missions.
- We believe that national leadership development best resembles the pattern set forth in the New Testament and is wisest for us to pursue, whenever possible. It is almost always a greater stewardship of resources to encourage and trust local Believers to both carry on the mission of their local church and to initiate expanding outreach.
- We believe that it is of greater effectiveness for our local church to be heavily involved in fewer strategic global opportunities rather than to have lesser involvement in many global opportunities. Church planting movements are preferred to simply church plants. Having lots of missionaries spread all over the globe is not necessarily a sign of greater missions-mindedness. Taking greater ownership in a few missions opportunities increases the probability of their successful vitality.
- We believe it is our joy and responsibility to be directly involved in global missions. Support demands far more than sending checks. It demands sending of ourselves in short-term trips, accountability, work relief, encouragement, and especially in prayer. A relationship must exist between the home church and the foreign work.
- We believe that it is our joyful Biblical mandate to financially support missions in a purposeful and prudent manner. A local church must be generous with God’s money when supporting missions. It must engage accountability as well as insightful concepts and flexible deployments of financial resources. Giving and stewardship are our Biblical joy and not our burden.
- We believe that our local church involvement in missions MUST be done in such a manner as to champion accurate theological doctrine and Biblical exposition. Missionaries should not believe or practice doctrine that their local church does not believe or practice. Missions must reflect a passion for Bible teaching and preaching. Thinking rightly directly leads to acting rightly. Doctrinal compatibility and unity are non-negotiable prerequisites for partnering in missions.