Mission is guided by God’s purpose. It has the goal of bringing people to a saving relationship with God through Jesus and keeping that relationship strong and growing in the context of shared faith. God’s mission work advances God’s purpose for salvation and the development of the spiritual body of Christ.
Four important mission principles are (1) that the effort be locally-led as soon as possible, (2) that it be participatory, with the involvement of the local church, (3) that it be outreach-oriented, and (4) that it has a vision for making disciples who make disciples.
Over the next 2 weeks, I will—
*Teach principles of mission, ministry and evangelism at IBI (Bible Institute)
*Teach at the Peru national conference of church leaders and preachers, developing preachers, leaders and members in the churches
*Work with churches around Trujillo, evangelism campaign, healthy church development, spiritual maturity
*Work with about 15 churches in Huamachuco: healthy leaders, healthy churches, evangelism
We must discern God’s plan for mission. Often we develop a plan without asking if it is God’s plan, or how it fits into and is consistent with God’s plan. I am committed to duplicating and advancing biblical models of mission:
*Going to new areas where there is no church to help establish a New Testament church
*Encouraging new churches and helping to share the Good News
*Going to established churches to work on healthy church dynamics and leadership
*Training others to do these things