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Missions Nights @ HOP
(This article was written by one of the Missionaries who have been leading the weekly Missions Nights classes. They have asked that we do not print their name due to where they will be eventually ministering)
What does it look like for the church to do missions?
One of the beautiful things about Christ and the way He has designed His body of believers is that they can use the creativity He has given them to engage the world of unbelievers in the way that they believe is most effective. He hasn’t commanded us to use any one specific form or technique to minister; He just asks that we minister in faith.
Now, of course, He has laid out principles and expectations that are in line with His character, but when it comes to the specifics, His church can and should have unity in diversity. In short, this is how we see the world of missions.
We have taken training with and are a part of the smaller team called “Ethnos 360”. This smaller part of the global church is intimately involved with a specific kind of missions called “church planting”. This is the form or technique we have learned from them by engaging with their training.
We are now Ethnos 360 missionaries and are quite convinced of the wisdom and usefulness of their church-planting strategy. Is it the only way to do missions? Again, no, but it seems to be a very good one and is a tried-and-true method. God blessed us greatly to be involved with these wonderful men and women who gave chunks of their lives to see us made more effective ministers of the gospel.
We are also House of Prayer missionaries, so we have been excited to share the methods and specifics of church planting with our church. Here is one way that we’re currently doing that: starting on October 30th, we’ve hosted Sunday nights at the church for missions conversations. At this point, two have already passed, and there is one left. It will be on November 13th. All of those who have attended so far have been a great encouragement to us.
Anyone who is interested is more than welcome to join us for our last night. It will be an interactive session geared toward language learning! We will meet at 6:00 PM on Sunday, November 12th.
See you there!