A Clear Rationale for the Commitment of the Church of God in Tennessee to Missions
Mission is the chief reason the Church exists. Ecclesiology (doctrine of the Church) and missiology (doctrine of missions) are inseparably linked. Ecclesial mission derives from theology proper (doctrine of God) in that the Church’s mission reflects the divine nature. Ultimately mission belongs to God (missio Dei), and describes God’s plan to restore fallen creation, including humanity, through God’s invitation to participate in the working out of that divine purpose. Pentecostal missions are driven, first, by a distinctive pneumatological orientation (confident dependence on the Holy Spirit), and second, by a sense of eschatological urgency (keen awareness of our Lord’s imminent return). These values fuel a primary evangelistic emphasis coupled with openness to serving other aspects of human need as well.
Pentecostal evangelistic fervor and effectiveness are a direct result of the distinctive experience of Spirit baptism (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). Furthermore, Christology (doctrine of Christ) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21) are closely connected. Commitment to Christ compels his disciples to a deep commitment to his commission to reach the world with the gospel. The mission of the Pentecostal movement, and of the Church of God, continues to be evangelistically prioritized, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and centered on Christ while engaging with broader communities in faithful witness of the Lord Jesus Christ and his gospel of God’s redeeming love to a world ravaged by sin (John 3:16).
Please pray for our Career Missionaries Click on the pic below to find out how you can support and pray for them.
Marc & Marlien Morris
Dan & Teresa Susong:
Refuge Church supports the Regional Superintendent of Central Europe and the Balkans, Jonathan Augustine, D. Min. The people of Refuge Church have connected with him and feel the work that he is doing to plant/revitalize churches and investing in pastors and leaders is tremendous and is making a global impact. We love serving our community with evangelism and outreach, but we also love that we can be involved in fruitful ministry across the globe. We are proud to partner with him and impact cities like Prague, Czech Republic through the Send the Light to the Cities Initiative with Church of God World Missions as well as countless other regions in Central Europe and the Balkans.
For many years, Dr. Augustine has traveled to plant churches and develop leaders. Recently, at his invitation, the Church of God National Overseers and their Council from five Balkan countries gathered to celebrate their common spiritual heritage, share their national strategy, and dialogue about common vision for the future.