M-Powering the Local Church
“But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?
And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent?
As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”
M+Power provides a way for individuals in the Eurasia Region from the Church of the Nazarene to meet field needs by serving in short-term volunteer assignments. NMI assists local congregations in preparing for this opportunity and supporting those who go. This information will help NMI leaders and the churches in doing so.
M+Power: Preparing the Congregation
God has chosen to use the Church in his mission of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration to reach 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
M+Power: Support in Sending
One member of the congregation may respond to go, but 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 paragraphs in the booklet provide an introduction to the needs and ways the church can prepare and support the one sent spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, mentally, financially, and logistically.
M+Power: Welcoming Back Home
The return is both a highlight and a challenge for the servant coming home. The church has both an opportunity to serve the servant, and to be challenged and blessed from the experiences and knowledge the servant brings home. By embracing both opportunities the church can grow into new depth spiritually; expand their worldview of God’s creation and mission, 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.
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.
M+Power for the Local Church
God has an amazing love for people! He loves each one so much he was willing to send his only son to die for them for renewed fellowship. And his 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, and restore our relationship with him.
Besides our opportunity to experience fellowship with him, he 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 his 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.
What is the role of Nazarene Missions International (NMI)?
Nazarene Missions International, or 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 office facilitates and directs the volunteer candidate applications, personal training, and ministry assignments.
The only way to get an expansion of the the mission force is by making it much more accessible to volunteers.
I see young people from Bangladesh, helping out to evangelize in some of the strong Hindu strongholds, and experiencing the power of Christ. I hear laughter of a retired German couple, playing with children in a refugee camp in Jordan. I sense a feeling of excitement in local churches being able to become involved in mission, by sending one of their young men.
There are many different places where you can go.
Find out what these places are.