God has chosen to use the church as the body of Christ in his mission of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration to reach to the ends of the earth. God has an amazing love for people! He loves us so much that he was willing to send his only son to die for us, so as to restore our broken relationship with God.
And God’s love is not limited to just saving one person. No, he is willing to do this for every person that ever breathes on the face of the earth! This is his mission – to redeem, reconcile, individuals and communities and cultures, so that the Kingdom of God can break through.
And God wants us to participate with him in this mission! He does not need us to do it. But he wants us to be a part of it. There is much joy to be experienced in sharing his good news of love. This is one of the purposes of the church. As we worship, obey, and serve him, he calls us to be his light and share his love in the world.
For many, this happens from home. For others, this means being sent to another cultural setting. Both are important and necessary for God’s mission. In addition, the supporters of those sent have a critical role. Those who minister in a cross-cultural setting need the support of the whole church. Although one person may be “going”, many more are necessary for “sending.” Without the “senders”, the “goer” will fail. Without the “goer”, the “senders” cannot be part of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Is your church ready to do this? God is already speaking to the hearts of people in your church, but they may need some additional understanding and experiences to be ready to serve cross-culturally. The paragraphs in the booklet provide practical tips for:
- Preparing the Congregation Spiritually
- Preparing the Congregation to Serve
- Preparing the Congregation to Serve Globally
One member of the congregation may respond to go, and that member is part of the whole body of the church. Each member of the body can serve in some way in sending to make the “going” possible.
The booklet provides an introduction to the needs and ways the church can prepare and support the one sent spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, mentally, financially, and logistically.
The return is both a highlight and a challenge for the M+Power missionary coming home. The church has an opportunity to help the volunteer settle back home, and to be challenged and blessed from the experiences and knowledge the missionary brings. By embracing both opportunities the church can grow deeper spiritually; they can expand their worldview of God’s creation and mission; they can experience a new sense of belonging and participation in the global church, and be blessed from hearing how God used them in another part of the world in fulfilling his mission. They can learn of how do to evangelism in new ways among new people groups. Or how to help refugees or poor people in practical ways. In working together cross-culturally we can learn many new things as local churches.
May you find this information helpful as your church seeks to be and do that which the Lord has called it in making Christlike disciples in the nations.
Nazarene Missions International (NMI) serves the local church in preparing to go, to send, and to welcome home again. M+Power is a program through which Nazarenes in Eurasia can volunteer to serve in areas within the region. The Eurasia personnel team facilitates and directs the volunteer candidate applications, training, and ministry assignments.