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  1. The Mission Centric Church Developing a Mission Oriented Church

  2. Overview 1. Presuppositions 2. Some Positive Trends 3. Barriers to Missions 4. Models of Partnering

  3. Presuppositions #1 • The Church is called to do Missions . • Acts 13:1-4 • Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 And while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." • Acts 13:3-4 3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. 4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

  4. Presuppositions #1 • The Church is called to do Missions Continued. • Matthew 16:18-19 18 "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. 19 • "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

  5. Presupposition #2 • Our task to go to the UPG’s or the UUPG’s is imperative in today’s world. • 90% of the world’s mission force serves in areas that have the gospel. • 10% serve in places that have no real access to the gospel. • 95% of the world’s pastors are seeking to reach 5% of population.

  6. Key verses : Romans 15:20-21 20 And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, that I might not build upon another man's foundation; 21 but as it is written, "They who had no news of Him shall see, And they who have not heard shall understand."

  7. Presupposition #2 Continued • UPG’s Continued . • Finances • Target Groups Where foreign Funds are Spent: • 87% goes for work among those already Christian, US. • 12% for work among already Evangelized but Non-Christian, World B. • 1% for work among still Unevangelized and Unreached people groups. • Source USWM Web site

  8. Positive Trends in Church Missions PowerPoint has new layouts that give you more ways to present your words, images and media. Positive

  9. Churches Are Catching on to Missions Activity • Many more churches are showing up to mission meetings meaning there is more interest in missions work. • Short term missions participation has grown. • Mission giving is up in some places. • This means more partnerships to develop.

  10. Positive Trends in Church Missions PowerPoint has new layouts that give you more ways to present your words, images and media. Positive

  11. Positive Trends in Church Missions PowerPoint has new layouts that give you more ways to present your words, images and media. Positive

  12. Positive Trends in Church Missions PowerPoint has new layouts that give you more ways to present your words, images and media. Positive

  13. Hurdles in Church Missions Life Why Look at Hurdles?

  14. Why Look at Hurdles? If we do not understand why we are in a particular position in church life, we cannot know how to get out of it. We repeat our mistakes not realizing why or how. Knowing the hurdles, we also know when to jump over the hurdles. Without churches who are active in missions , we have NO partnerships.

  15. Hurdles: Missions by Proxy • Many churches have totally turned over their to responsibility denominational entities or para church groups.

  16. Hurdle: Theological Hurdle • Most churches do not have a basic theology of missions.

  17. Hurdle: Theological Hurdle Most do not understand the idea of nations equal ethic groups. Most do not understand the whole promise in Genesis 12:1-4 . They do not understand God’s missions emphasis through the OT where His glory will be proclaimed among all people groups . Verses like this….

  18. Hurdles: Theological Hurdle Psalm 22:27 27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before Thee. Isaiah 11:1010 Then it will come about in that day That the nations will resort to the root of Jesse, Who will stand as a signal for the peoples; And His resting place will be glorious. Isaiah 12:4 And in that day you will say, "Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted."

  19. Hurdle: Theological Hurdle Most do not understand how missions is related to the second coming in Matthew 24:14. 14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.

  20. Hurdles: Theological Hurdle Many are not aware of how the great commission in Matt. 28:19 is to make disciples among the “ethnos” . Many are not aware of Revelation 5:9 or Rev. 7:9 how every tribe and tongue will be represented around the throne and WE can have a role in seeing that happen !

  21. Rev. 5:9 Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou was slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

  22. Rev. 7:9-10 Revelation 7:9-10 9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could count, from everynation (ethnos) and all tribes (phule, See Gen. 12:1-4 & Acts 3:25) and peoples (laos) and tongues ( glossa - language), standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; 10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."

  23. Hurdles: Churches have a Fort VS Outpost Mentality • Forts expect you to come into the walls of the fort to get help. • Outpost is a place where people are sent out into the surrounding area to have impact.

  24. Hurdles: • Holding to a numbers based mission ideas. • How Many trips have you done? • We need to have a team out every week of the year. • How much money have you given? These are the wrong questions to be asking

  25. Hurdles: • Having a missions strategy that only involves giving to other organizations. • Example: CP • This worked well in generations that were strong denominational. • Works best in churches that will not or in some cases cannot do missions themselves.

  26. Hurdle: • Churches that hold to a harvest focus in their mission efforts. • They feel they must be able to answer to the “stock holders” and have something to share with the people as to why they spent “all that money” • This is closer to a business model of missions than Biblical model. • We do need accountability. • But in some cases we must spend tons to get little out of it for future sowing purposes.

  27. Hurdle: • Doing local ministry only VS having a UPG mindset in missions. • “We consider our neighborhood our missions focus area”

  28. Hurdle: • Having a fear that international work will take away from building programs. • We teach our people that they cannot out give God. • Would the same not be true of church finances and church giving.

  29. Hurdle: • Many are afraid to send people to hard places in the world. • Many churches lack a good theology of suffering. • Those who desire to live Godly will be persecuted. Francis Schaeffer: 2 Highest ethics in America. Personal Peace Prosperity.

  30. Other Hurdles • Having consumer church model. • Wal-Church • The needs of the witnesseroutweighs the needs of the lost. • Example: • Paris trip where lady yelled at BT for no boat ride.

  31. Other Hurdles • Missions ideas that say missions is about a trip. • Once I have done a trip , I have done missions. • This is a part of mission not an end in itself.

  32. Other Hurdles • Pinging Model of missions strategy. • We go wherever we can. • We go as often as we can.

  33. Other Hurdles • Humanitarian missions • Becomes more about financial support than the gospel.

  34. Moving toward Better Missional Churches and better Missional Partnerships Several Steps Prior to Develolping Partnerships

  35. We Must Know Where God is Leading Us Step 1 How ?

  36. Begin by looking at DNA • Based on Theology • Could be based upon a relational missionary connection. • Make sure they are missionaries who fit you. DNA = Discernable Natural Affinities

  37. Begin by looking at DNA • Based on people groups in your area. • Maybe people moving into your area. • Example: Pat and Gujarati Indians. DNA = Discernable Natural Affinities

  38. Step two We need to have a strategy Moving Ahead in Church Missions

  39. We Must Have a Strategy • Why ? • A strategy allows us to focus our efforts . • Allows you to say no to good things. Yes to the best. • Strategy allows you to lead people into purpose VS pinging with no visible purpose or results.

  40. #3 We Must Have a Strategy • Why ? • Strategy allows people to participate in an on going effort. • They can participate year round in mission efforts. • Some never even leave the country and work with UPG teams.

  41. Mission Daystar D.R. C.A.A.T. Partnerships Events: LHR’s Bringing Worshippers to God Church Planting MFH Prayer MST Apartment Ministry Missionary Development MMAC Asian Ministry Jewish Fellowship ESL

  42. How Are We Being Strategic? • Prayer as a strategy . • Adoption of a People group(s). • Partnerships. • Projects. • MST , Missionary Support Teams. • Local : • Daystar • MFH • DR.

  43. Continuing to Develop a Mission Centric Church that Partners with Others.

  44. Allocate Money to Do The Work • Give to the normal structures like denominational entities, organizations, etc. • Budget some to do the work God calls the church to do. • Money is available • People will give to ministry • People will give to missions

  45. Going Beyond Your Own Church Working Together

  46. Some previous models of partnering among SBC entities People Group Missionary 75% , at the most, stays here for various causes IMB or ? 25% to IMB Cooperative Program Trips $ Church A Church B Group A

  47. Some previous models of partnering among other entities People Group Missionary Organization Trips $ Students Church A Church B Group A

  48. Might Look Like This LBC Church Field/ Organization Church A School A Billy Group A

  49. Models of Stateside Partnering Advocacy Networks Alliances