Being an on mission church is not about size, staff or structure.
Neither is it about a specific program. The magnitude of its mission giving or
the multitude of its outreach efforts does not make a church an on
mission church. An on mission church is more about a
congregations passion than its percentages. It focuses more on its burden than
its bigness. Gods mission in
the world and His biblical mandate drives an on mission church to
become a world mission strategy center.
An on mission church embraces the Great Commission and engages the
world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a church committed to starting new
churches, strengthening existing churches and sending workers into the harvest
fields. It is a church that encourages, equips, empowers and expects every
member to be personally involved in Gods mission enterprise. An on
mission congregation prays, gives, knows and goes on mission with
God. Its a church of people burdened for the lostness of all nations that seeks
to create ways to reach its Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth
(Acts 1:8). Most of all, its a church with the glory of God as its ultimate
goal and primary purpose.
An on mission church neither minimizes nor glamorizes, but
personalizes, the Great Commission. Members are given hands-on opportunities to
become personally involved in on mission praying, giving, learning and
going. The congregation is constantly challenged to get into the game rather
than being benchwarmers in the Lords work. The spectator mentality is dealt
with in a sensitive yet strong way. No member has the option of merely watching
while others do the work. The concepts of personal ownership and profound
obedience are constantly before the members. Consider these characteristics of
an on mission church:
1. Gods glory is the ultimate purpose of the church.
2. Members are involved in the passionate worship of
3. The Great Commission and the Great Commandments are
4. A balanced Acts 1:8 Mission Strategy is emphasized and
5. It is organized to be on mission through praying,
giving, knowing and going.
6. Members are made aware of mission opportunities and are empowered
7. It embraces a church-wide and year-round commitment to mission
awareness, involvement and partnerships.
8. Resources of the church are directed toward the Great Commission
with a kingdom perspective of personal accountability and
9. Members experience a genuine brokenness over those who are
without Christ and a sense of urgency to be on mission as a
10. A contagious, on mission spirit demonstrates a
congregations commitment to assist in starting new churches, to strengthen
existing churches and to send workers into the harvest.
These characteristics are not exhaustive but instructive as you lead the
congregation to become an on mission church. By now, you can probably
tell that much of the leadership in this process is a partnership involving
Gods Holy Spirit, the pastor, church staff and other key leaders along with the
church family. Becoming an on mission church is a supernatural
occurrence with eternal benefits. Once it happens in your church, nothing is
ever the same.
Adapted from The On MissionTeam Manual by Danny
Sinquefield, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett, Tennessee. Faith
Baptist Church is a 21st century example of an on mission church. Last
year more than 700 membersabout 65% of the congregationwere involved in
short-term mission projects either locally, nationally or internationally.
Here are six guidelines for the local church that wants to become a world
mission strategy center.
1. The Great Commission is an essential and strategic command for every
local church. Gods eternal plan is for world redemption. His strategy is to use
the local church to accomplish that goal. God has given His Son and the Holy
Spirit to enable us to do His will, and His will is to take the gospel to every
nation. He has put everything in place in order to accomplish the missionour
job is to accept it.
2. The pastor and staff must empower Gods people to fulfill Christs command.
Leaders of the church can help every believer in the church find his or her
place or function in the body of Christ. Leaders also can teach other believers
the Truth, so that they too can make disciples. Pastors and other leaders
should exemplify the passionate Christian life to other believers.
3. Every church must become a house of prayer. To know Gods will a church
must be in His presence. Every program, activity, mission trip or special event
should be a result of the churchs prayers.
4. A church must partner with others in taking the gospel to the world. God
is much larger than one local church. While each congregation is vital to the
growth of Gods kingdom, by joining with other churches and organizations a
synergy is created that can have an even greater impact. Strategic partnerships
will allow Gods people to have a greater impact on their world. As Christians
we are called to walk alongside others who are responding to Gods call.
5. A church must teach missions, and it must start with the pastor. The
pastor is the primary teacher of missions in the local church. By using the
Acts 1:8 model, pastors and other leaders can teach their congregations about
missions in their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. Mission
education can incorporate practical opportunities for church members to
practice what they are being taught. An on mission church has missions
embedded into every aspect of the church year round.
6. A church must have a plan for mobilizing Christians. Eventually, church
members will be ready to go out and take the gospel to the world. Its up to the
leaders of the church to have a plan for mobilizing workers. A world missions
strategy center should have a missions plan for mobilizing workers based on
Acts 1:8Jerusalem (your community or local association), Judea (your state),
Samaria (North America) and the ends of the earth (international). A good
mobilization strategy is God-directed and complements the mission of the church
by supporting evangelism, church planting, community ministries and mission
education and involving all members of the church including children, students
Here are some ideas for developing a more effective mobilization
Create an On Mission Team
Develop a church-wide mission education plan
Invite mission speakers to your church
Host an On Mission Celebration or World Mission Conference, for
information call 1-888-634-2462
Commission short-term volunteers and long-term missionaries
Adapted from Answer the Call by Henry Blackaby. To order a copy
of Answer the Call or The On Mission Team Manual call toll free
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