my unofficial mission statement: mission integration initiative
In Christianity and the Creative Process, we had to draft our mission statement as it would pertain to an organization that we might want to start in the future. I really desire to work with New Tribes Mission, but decided to come up with an example of an organization I might start if I had the opportunity. This is it!
Mission Statement of the “Mission Integration Initiative”A pilot designed to fulfill what is lacking in American churches today; mainly, a firm and substantial relationship between God’s church (as it stands in America) and His Great Commission both at home and abroad, which involves the globalization and preaching of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection in a creative way (a holistic foundational teaching) in the cultural and linguistic context in which it is taught. This is our mission:
1. To Plant and/or Partner with Churches at Home and Abroad
a. ABROAD: It is our mission to present the gospel where Christ is not named in the hopes that the Spirit of God might work in the hearts of the unsaved, that they would come to know him as their personal Lord and savior, both on an individual level and in a broad corporate fellowship of believers. Lord willing, the fruit of this labor would be a newly established New Testament church that is ready and equipped to fulfill their calling at home or abroad as the Lord ordains it. The goal in this initiative is to establish a church that does not rely on financial backing, but rather is self-sufficient within its own cultural context. Coupled with this effort, we seek to follow the model set forth by Paul, in establishing mature churches that can then act as agents of change within their own community or in neighboring communities.
b. HOME: It is our mission to partner with churches and work with, aid in, or start a missions department within the church. We firmly believe that after the revelation of the mystery of Christ, God’s focus of the proclamation of himself dramatically shifted from his chosen people, the Israelites, to the gentiles. For this reason, the purpose of the church must be focused on reaching out both to the community and (primarily) to the nations. By the grace of God, we will galvanize a zeal for missions in the emerging church age. This is our hope.
2. To Present a Foundational Approach to the Bible
a. GOAL: Within a community of individuals who have no concept of God, creation, redemption, or resurrection, as these pertain to Christ, evangelization must start from the ground up; it must start where God started: in the beginning. By approaching it from this angle, we hope to facilitate an environment in which a complete understanding of the purpose of the Old Testament is clear and that there is a proper connection/parallel made between the God of the OT and the Christ of the New. We will also preach the Word chronologically with Christ’s resurrection the center, height, and climax of early church history.
b. METHOD: In order to accomplish the success of this holistic approach, we will labor in our culture and language acquisition so that the gospel message, at its core, becomes a personal one. With a proper understanding of the arts, rituals, and/or traditions said culture possesses, the more effectively and efficiently we will be enabled to present the gospel. Without a complete understanding of culture, a misunderstanding or miscommunication has a high probability of occurring. For this reason we emphasize the importance of this facet as it works in conjunction with a foundational teaching.
3. To Engender Excitement and Urgency
Because we seek to a mend a problem that the church has only since encountered within the last 50 years, specifically a move away from global church-planting missions, we hope that God uses us to evoke and ignite a renewed passion for the spreading of his supreme and sovereign glory to all the nations within the body of Christ both here in the churches of America and abroad in the churches established elsewhere in the world. In order to prompt this passion, we seek to aim for an awareness of the thousands of unreached people groups in the world through creative media, statistics, and first account testimony from missionaries. Coupled with this, we will present the overwhelming call that God has placed on all believers through his scriptures.
4. To Equip and Send
Our prime objective is “to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples” and for them to adopt this same objective. That means we must disciple and apprentice those who have been called into this ministry by passing on our methods of cultural and language acquisition and foundational Bible teaching in order that they are equipped and prepared for service so that they may be sent. In this fashion, Christ’s name will be known to all peoples.