Equipping- Acts 13:2-3
“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”
As a missions ministry, we want to provide opportunities for our entire church to know why we do what we do, but more specifically, to provide training and support to those who are involved in the work that the Holy Spirit has called them to. As we select people, set them apart for missions work, we want to provide outlets for them to be equipped for service. This can happen through conferences, Bible studies, or leadership events. The focus is that people have the tools they need.
Sending – 3 John 6-8
“For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.”
We ought to be involved in sending people for “the sake of the name” into unreached parts of the world. We can involved in local missions, or national missions, but we must, absolutely must be involved in sending teams to the nations. This focus is particularly for those who are not going personally, but are sending. We have a responsibility to support teams prayerfully, financially, and equip them to go. The church is the sending agent of missionaries, not the International Mission Board by itself. We have to be active in being a sending agent, an airport for missionaries!
Going – Matthew 28: 19-20
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Believers are called to go. To be a healthy, New Testament church, we must be allowing people to go. We must not only allow it, we must encourage it! We must have strategic opportunities for them to carry the gospel to panta ta ethne, “all the nations”. The church was not meant to be planted in one location, and sit, it was designed to be planted and have its roots spread out far and wide.