I was asked this question by a missional leader. ” Carl are you starting a mission field or a missionary force?” So I have been wrestling what this means to me and the connation it brings can be arrogant or prideful but I really needed to examine what this means.
I am a church planter and what I am doing is not new but sometimes I tend to think I doing something different and I am not. I wanted to dive into church planting since 2011 since I heard it was the greatest way to reach the lost. Then I noticed that every church wasnt concerned about evangelism the way I was.
What we are doing for our neighborhood is definitely specific we want to abolish food insecurity by teaching about the obedience to Jesus.
5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
This is the basis of every thing we do. So back to this question if we are commissioned and empowered to share the gospel shouldn’t everyone that be in our church also be sent out and doing what we are doing.
Should we have a church that we totally minister to and be our mission field. So I am thinking about this in everything I am doing. Is my church plant focus to be a missionary force or a mission field? This is the question I ask all the time now if, my focus is to make disciples should they be a mission force to reach more people or should I be looking at people as a mission field waiting for God to transform them to the people he called them to be.
We focus on the urban poor and it may look like they are a mission field but I believe they are a missionary force that we have been called to teach the obedience of the faith to Jesus. I believe that God wants to bring a season of transformation in our neighborhood where people are released of bondage and released to share the Gospel of Jesus. This is an awesome vision and I am not naive, I know people are not all going to be sent out and ministering to the masses. I do believe thought that what we are called to do is to establish a missionary force among the urban poor.
As we look at the future of the church is the focus on being a mission field or a missionary force. We want people serving the community so much the story God pours out in the every part of the neighborhood. We want volunteers reaching the elementary school, reaching the community center, reaching families, reaching politicians, reaching co-workers, reaching into people lives where people are focused on the obedience of the faith.
What would you do? be a mission field or a missionary force?