I personally believe that the success of any missionary endeavor can be measured by the degree that nationals on any mission field are themselves fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. For this goal of
Our present-day culture can be described as a comfort-at-any-cost society. In this environment, things such as affliction, pain, persecution, and other forms of suffering are viewed as obstacles and enemies. Missionaries are not immune from
Millions of professing Christians waiver, when confronted with the need to follow Christ whole-heartedly. Millions more excuse themselves by saying, “I am thinking about it. Perhaps one day I will decide.” The latter group is
At TEL International, we believe that Church planting is the primary task of missions. There are many gifts and callings in the body of Christ, but all of them are to work together on the mission field towards the primary goal of planting a biblical church. It is one thing to do mass evangelism and to boast of the numbers of decisions; it is quite another to establish a biblical church.
Jesus said in Matthew 28, “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 obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). While the times and culture have greatly changed, the impact of our Lord’s words are just as clear and convincing. The church is called to continue the work and ministry that Jesus began! The Apostle Paul and the early church leaders evangelized their world through new, Christ-centered churches – we are called to do the same. Planting new churches is a key strategy for evangelism and discipleship. There is no greater tool for touching unchurched people with the love of Christ. By faith, TEL International plants and nurtures churches in consultation and partnership with local pastors so that:
- local churches are actively involved in evangelism, teaching, and discipleship
- new unreached groups are evangelized
- believers know how to interpret and apply Scripture to their culture
- each congregation has church leaders committed to ongoing learning and leadership development, and
- Christ’s concern is expressed through holistic development
Our part is to recruit, train, and undergird the ministry of a growing family of indigenous missionaries that reach out with the love of Jesus Christ by sharing the gospel through holistic ministry; that compassionately meets the growing needs of hurting people, evangelizes the lost, disciples the saved, and establishes new converts into the body and ministry of local Christian churches. Christian communities that take the Gospel “to every creature.”
Christians were never meant to live their lives in isolation. Our desire is to preach the Gospel, train leaders, and aid in the planting, strengthening, and multiplying of churches around the world. The Bible tells us that every believer has been given unique spiritual gifts to aide in the administration of the church. The goal is to establish a place of fellowship where fellow believers can worship God and support one another in their relationship with the Lord.
Our aim is not to entrench ourselves in the ministry, but rather to serve as catalysts and promoters of native ministries and churches. The ultimate goal or objective is to work ourselves out of a job. Even so, leadership development is a central task of our mission team, which is to help leaders at every level of leadership assess and develop their Christian character and acquire, reinforce, and refine their ministry knowledge and skills.
Some of the last words of Christ before He ascended to heaven was that we should go and carry His Word to the world. In Matthew 28:19 and 20 Jesus said to go into the whole world with the Gospel, teach the hearers and baptize believers. Interestingly, the command in those verses is not emphasized in the word “go,” rather it is on the word “teach.” The verse reads more like this in the Greek, “As you are going, teach…” It is implied that we will go into the world. Jesus knew the persecution that would soon come to the church in Jerusalem. He knew the believers were about to be scattered in the world. He knew they would “go.” He emphasized the fact that since they are going, they should teach what they knew about Him. Our role is to help mobilize laborers and resources and direct them to the areas of greatest need in the world.
Billions of people still need to hear the Gospel. There are still thousands of people groups where there are no churches at all. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few.” (Matthew 9:31) Yet with God all things are possible and He will fulfill His Great Commission using His people. Through His power and guidance, there are enough laborers and resources to accomplish His plan as His people become motivated and mobilized to respond. God desires to call a people for Himself from among “every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” (Revelation 7:9) The Church is His instrument to fulfill His global plan.
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