Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28: 19-20
The Bible tells that the existence of the church is for the glory of God. The church is a Body made in His image, sent on His mission, to be to His glory!
God was on a mission from Genesis to Revelation. His mission is to save the souls. Since Adam and Eve’s fall, God was on that mission. God picked Abraham. He’d bless Abraham and descendant, Israel, and through them to bless all nations. Israel failed the mission. God then sent his son. Jesus faithfully carried out the mission. He died on the cross to save us from sins. He ascended to heaven and gave us the mission to be the witness for him to the ends of the earth. One day, he’ll come back and completely finish the mission. Since God is on this mission, we need to join Him in this mission.
People in the missional church do pray and give so that others may go and serve; yet for them missions are more centered in “being and doing” than “sending and supporting.” The missional church understands that although some may be supported as those sent to other locations, every member of the church is “sent.” Mission is therefore participative rather than simply representative. In this sense, every member is a missionary. Missions are not perceived as one expression of the missional church, but as the essence of the church.
To become a missionary church, we are working towards promoting a shift in three mindset and action patterns.
Shift#1: from internal to external in terms of ministry focus
Shift #2: from program development to people development
Shift #3: from church-based to kingdom-based in terms of leadership agenda