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).
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Marc & Marlien Morris
Dan & Teresa Susong:
ARD MINISTRIES – CUSUNA MISSIONS PROJECT
ARD Ministries began nearly 27 years ago under the leadership of Brother Fleming Ard, a former pastor of Dividing Ridge Church of God. Brother Ard established over 700 churches throughout Honduras. It was by providence that he stumbled upon the forgotten village of
Cusuna and Tocamacho. When he first arrived, he was not readily welcomed by the Villagers, but in the promise of him building a medical clinic there, they accepted his visits. He provided medical care and pharmaceuticals during each trip. There was a great need of food for many of the orphan children so a feeding center was built. Today, over 55 children and 21 elderly Widows and Widowers are fed twice daily. ARD ministries also pays the salaries of two local villagers to prepare the food and feed the children, widows and widowers. ARD Ministries and Morningstar sponsor two pastors; Pastors Adonis Bernardez (Cusuna Church of God), and Joseph (Tocamacho Church of God). Today a medical center, feeding center, missionary and
Pastor’s house exist. Also, a church in Trijillo has been built. Since its beginning, several churches have partnered together in support of the Cusuna Missions project (Middle Valley Church of God, Christ Family Church, Morningstar Ministries, Florida; Graysville Church of
God). We thank God for what He is doing.