Where will you go? Who will you tell?
Missions has traditionally been about going to tell others about the Good News. In fact, missionary means “one who is sent.” In this age of globalization, we are finding that we can actually reach the nations in our own communities. We no longer have to ask the question, “Where is go sending me to?” Rather, we can not ask, “Who is God sending me to?”
What if your church could be networked with other churches who desire to impact similar peoples? This could lead to coordinate efforts in training, strategy, and mobilization to reach those peoples overseas and even in our own state. There are more than 100 unreached people groups in our state, which means they have little to know access to the gospel. In many cases, they may not have a single relationship with a Christian. IBSA would like to partner with you in two ways to advance your church’s mission strategy in your communities and overseas.
Mission Affinity Group
In the effort to advance the kingdom together, the Mobilization Team at IBSA desires to cultivate missional partnerships by connecting churches ministering to similar peoples. We have established Mission Affinity Groups to help pray, engage, and celebrate what God is doing together. The outcome of this endeavor is that our communities, in Illinois, are transformed by the gospel at work in all peoples. To the ends of the earth, we proclaim the glory of God so that those who have no access to this gospel hear and believe.
Missions Assessment Profile (MAP)
Every church is on a journey to advance the gospel through the Great Commission. That path is walked one step at a time. The Mission Assessment Profile (MAP) invites your church to discover and assess their current missional profile. Your church can then chart their next step in missional growth more effectively. The Mobilization Team will partner with your church to assist in curating resources and training to accelerate the next missional step.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are left asking the question:
How can I still be faithful to fulfill the Great Commission?
- Pray – Pray for your community, our country, and the nations.
- Prepare – Take advantage of online missional trainings, books, and classes.
- Proclaim – Take opportunities to meet needs and tell others about the hope of the gospel.
The world may be changed by this pandemic, but our God has not changed. In this trial of suffering, we must be courageous, since our hope rests in Jesus. When we emerge from this, we must be ready to show compassion and proclaim the greatness of God.
As you and your church respond to God’s calling, I would love help navigate the next step that process. Please e-mail Brad Lovin or call (217) 391-3131 for more ideas and information.
IBSA Mission Opportunities have been postponed until at least October 1.
Please check back this summer for Acts 1:8 opportunities.