Vision & Strategy
Through the work of our Missions Team, we preach the Gospel to those who do not know (both the unreached and the least reached), we support our International Workers through encouragement and communication, and we encourage our people to catch a greater glimpse of missions in order to mobilize them to the task of missions. This is our threefold Missions Ministry Vision.
An important policy to adhere to in the carrying out of this Vision is to devote time and energy in the order of priority as follows:
- Alliance works
- Non-Alliance works where we have significant relationship
- Non-Alliance works where we have significant interest
To preach the gospel to those who do not know
In order to fulfill the vision of preaching the Gospel to those who do not know, three strategies may be considered:
- Church Planting – using the model of the Eastern Canadian District called the New Ventures Model, we may be involved in partnerships (called New Ventures Partnerships) that plant new churches or strengthen weak existing ones (called a “restart”). These partnerships may be formed with other churches or with the District or an Association within the Alliance, or any combination of such;
- Strategic STM relationships – These short term missions trips would be for the purpose of establishing a new work with partners with whom we establish stable relationships, e.g., an International Worker in a foreign field;
To support our International Workers through encouragement and communication
This may be done through various instruments available at our disposal:
- To recommend and form Seamless Link Covenants with our IWs and promote these Seamless Link our people;
- To work closely with Prayer Plus ministries in order to encourage prayer for our IWs;
- To maintain regular communication with our IWs through email or mail;
- To provide information about the mission field to our congregation in a strategic fashion so that this information may be well used.
To encourage our people to catch a greater glimpse of missions in order to mobilize them to the task of missions
Missions mobilization requires a great deal of creativity and perseverance since most believers are somewhat ignorant of missions until they are confronted with the realities of the need for the Gospel in this world and with the personal relationships they can form with IWs working in the field. Our goal is to mobilize financial support, prayer support, STM interest and, ultimately, Career Missions choices. Some strategies include:
- Planning Missions Month;
- Working with the Pastor in inviting IWs to our pulpit to preach or share;
- Providing clear pathways for people to respond to STM or full time calling;
- Implement STM policies intentionally – by providing training, guidance and support for those interested in STM involvement;
- Working with Adult Education Ministry in providing teaching on Missions;
- Supporting and planning training opportunities such as Kairos.