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Missions is not just another individual ministry within the church. Missions needs to be the heartbeat, the central hub, of the church. The Bible says in Colossians that God created all things: all things that are above, below, visible, and invisible were created by Him, for Him, and to Him. So God is the center and it is all about Him and His mission, not us and our missions agenda. His desire is that all the people of the world will come to know Him and worship Him; we see this from Genesis to Revelation. The purpose is that they would bring glory to His name, and His fame would be made known to all the people of the earth.

In order for that to happen, for God to be the center, for missions to be the heartbeat of the church, you have to look at church paradigms. Missions is one slice in the church ministry pie. Most churches have missions as a separate succinct ministry that is segregated out all by itself. There are few participants in missions, but many spectators. Missions is not seen or taught as all encompassing, in every aspect of church life.

 

2In the second paradigm you will see that God's mission takes center stage.

The Bible says in Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28: "Make disciples of all nations." We are Holy Spirit-empowered witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. God's mission permeates every component of church life: adult ministries, youth ministries, children's ministries, and our worship. Our church ministries are not just about serving ourselves, but they go further than that: it is us reaching out toward others here and around the world. God's mission is not just about us, but it's about Him becoming known to the people of the world.

How do we move from one paradigm of the pie, to making missions the central hub? From not being just a piece of the pie, but a central part of every piece of pie?

Russell Thorp
GC3 Missions Director

 

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