by Don McGarvey
He understood the need for a continual state of transition in order to maintain effective ministry. He understood that the world was changing and world missions needed to transition from effective methods of yesterday to the new methodology of tomorrow.
If you’ve studied world missions, you know that nothing stays the same for long. It seems that world missions has been in a continual state of transition from the very beginning. The history of missions is peppered with stories of missionaries riding on horseback into the bush traveling from village to village to proclaim the Good News. Today we are effectively utilizing methods to reach a world that is vastly different than it was just a few years ago. We’ve learned that what is effective today might not be effective tomorrow.
Transition can be frustrating, but it is inevitable for effective ministry whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the street. Our world is changing, but thank God we have the changeless message of Jesus Christ to present and we have the continual leadership of the Holy Spirit to show us new ways of connecting with the lost and loving them into the Kingdom of God.
by Don McGarvey
The four-fold mission of Assemblies of God World Missions is reaching, planting, training and touching in the spirit of Luke 4:18 “preach to the poor, proclaim freedom to prisoners, recovery of sight to the blind and release the oppressed.”
Too often we become consumed with how much money we give to World Missions, how many missionaries we support or how many missions trips we can go on, all while missing the heart of our mission.
Raising money, supporting missionaries, and going on missions trips are great! But more importantly, we need to catch the vision for partnering with our missionaries to reach, plant, train and touch.
One step you can take toward casting this vision to your church is to recruit a missions team for your church. This team doesn’t need to be large. It can simply be a few church members who have a heart for missions and are committed to getting the church involved in missions projects that are consistent with the personality of your church.
Assemblies of God World Missions offers many tools to assist you in this process. You can find sermon resources, monthly videos and much more on their website.
Please feel free to contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org if I can assist you in this important process.
by Don McGarvey
For many years when someone would talk about Mission, the thoughts of those listening would turn towards the efforts of men and women in foreign countries. The idea of reaching the lost across the street really wasn’t considered. Recently though, there has been a shift.
The late John Stott was quoted as saying, “His authority on earth allows us to dare to go to all the nations. His authority in heaven gives us our only hope of success. And His presence with us leaves us with no other choice.” (taken from an article posted on www.christianpost.com )
God was concerned with reaching His “Chosen People” the Jews. But as you read through the Old Testament, you begin to realize that He was just as concerned with reaching Gentiles. It was His Mission.
Recently, I discovered that 25 chapters of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel deal with Gentile nations. Many believe the first Messianic Prophecy (Genesis 3:15) is also the first mandate to reach the lost. For certain God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 was a mandate to bring all the Gospel into all the world. God was determined that “none should perish.” Are we?
The Assemblies of God was established as a “Missions Sending” agency. The governing documents of the Assemblies of God repeatedly call for a great effort to reach the lost around the world as well as at home. The second General Council of the Assemblies of God in 1914 adopted a resolution that called for the “greatest evangelism the world has ever known.” This mandate has remained at the heart of our fellowship.
Every church should have a clearly understood and easily repeatable Mission. It’s why we meet together, determines our ministries, forms our budgets, and influences how we use our facilities. Mission is our plan to reach the lost in our community and around the world. The statistics are staggering: half of the world’s population has not had an adequate witness. The same is true in many of our communities. Having a clearly stated Mission and holding true to it will help change this.
No matter where we are or who we are, our Mission is to reach the lost – across the street and around the world!