Bloom Where You Are Planted

      Local Missions in the U.S.

                 Presenter:
     Naomi Bradley, missions co...
Objectives:
 To discuss the importance of local missions in the
 work of the early and present church
 communities

 To sh...
Local Missions in the Early Church
“And in those days, when the number of the
  disciples was multiplied, there arose a
  ...
To serve and to help

    Ministration – diakonia
  Attendance as a servant; aid
Wait on your ministry?

“…or ministry, let us use it in our
  ministering.” Rom. 12:7 (NIV)
Work while you’re waiting.

“Until I come, spend your time reading
  Scripture out loud to one another. Spend
  your time ...
Work while you’re waiting.

“Don't fail to use the gift the Holy Spirit gave
  you. He gave it to you through a message
  ...
Work while you’re waiting.

“Keep on doing those things. Give them your
  complete attention. Then everyone will see
  how...
Local Missions in the Early Church

“I know thy works (deeds), and charity (love), and
    service (attendance as a servan...
Local Missions in the Early Church
•   Antioch sends relief to Judea (Acts 11:29)
•   Contributions to poor saints in Jeru...
Born to Serve
“Whoever will be great among you shall be
  your minister. Mk. 10:43”

  “For even the Son of man came not t...
The Mission of Christ
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because
  he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to
      the ...
What Did Jesus Do?
•   Preached (declared) the gospel (good
    tidings) to the poor (beggar or pauper)
•   Healed (made w...
What Did Jesus Do?
•   Recovered (restored) sight to the blind
    (blind physically or mentally)
•   Set at liberty (deli...
DISCUSSION


 Local Missions in the U.S.
USA – A.D. 2005
Population: 278 million (301 million today)
  85% Christian (24% Protestant, 24%
  Independent, 21% Cathol...
USA – A.D. 2005
“The USA needs revival.”
  Biblical holiness – superficiality and
  materialism
  Spiritual unity – left a...
Missionaries in the U.S.
•   Mission America
•   World Vision USA
•   Prison Fellowship
•   Promise Keepers
•   Christian ...
A Major Barrier to Local

Lack of cooperation between churches, and
  between church and para-church
  organizations, resu...
Definitions
 “Micro-ministry”                      “Macro-studies”

                                       A vast scope of...
Can our cities be saved?

“This know also, that in the last
  days perilous times shall
  come.” 2 Tim. 3:1
The Church at Corinth
“For I am with thee, and no man shall set on
  thee to hurt thee: for I have much people
  in this c...
Greece – A.D. 2005
Population: 11 million

    95% Christian (48% Evangelical, 36%
    Pentecostal)
    2% in church on an...
WORKING
COLLABORATIVELY
God’s Urban Mission Strategy:
        ONE BODY
          building
        ONE CHURCH
             for
         ONE CITY
Definitions
 “Koinonia”
                          “God is faithful, by
                          whom ye were called
 Comm...
Definitions
  “Communion”            “Fellowship”


  The act or an          The condition of
  instance of sharing,   sha...
An Ideal Relationship
The ideal relationship for the world Christian
  community is one of interdependence with
  a recogn...
No Schism
God gave us a diversity of members so that
  there would be no schism in the body.
     (1 Cor. 12:25)

Schism c...
OPPORTUNITIES FOR
LOCAL MISSIONS
Much people in the city
The needs in the city are indeed too big for
  one person or one congregation or
  organization.

...
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  1. 1. Bloom Where You Are Planted Local Missions in the U.S. Presenter: Naomi Bradley, missions coordinator African American Center for World Mission
  2. 2. Objectives: To discuss the importance of local missions in the work of the early and present church communities To share collaborative methods for pooling resources and talents in the city To share opportunities for local missions in our areas
  3. 3. Local Missions in the Early Church “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.” Acts 6:1
  4. 4. To serve and to help Ministration – diakonia Attendance as a servant; aid
  5. 5. Wait on your ministry? “…or ministry, let us use it in our ministering.” Rom. 12:7 (NIV)
  6. 6. Work while you’re waiting. “Until I come, spend your time reading Scripture out loud to one another. Spend your time preaching and teaching.” 1 Tim. 4:13 (NIV)
  7. 7. Work while you’re waiting. “Don't fail to use the gift the Holy Spirit gave you. He gave it to you through a message from God. It was given when the elders placed their hands on you.” 1 Tim. 4:14 (NIV)
  8. 8. Work while you’re waiting. “Keep on doing those things. Give them your complete attention. Then everyone will see how you are coming along.” 1 Tim. 4:15 (NIV)
  9. 9. Local Missions in the Early Church “I know thy works (deeds), and charity (love), and service (attendance as a servant, aid), and faith, and thy patience, and thy works: and the last to be more than the first.” Rev. 2:19 “But to do good and to communicate (share) forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Heb. 13:16
  10. 10. Local Missions in the Early Church • Antioch sends relief to Judea (Acts 11:29) • Contributions to poor saints in Jerusalem (Rom. 15:26) • Relief for widows and orphans (Jas. 1:27)
  11. 11. Born to Serve “Whoever will be great among you shall be your minister. Mk. 10:43” “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mk. 10:45 (To be an attendant, a waiter, a servant)
  12. 12. The Mission of Christ “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Lk. 4:18-19
  13. 13. What Did Jesus Do? • Preached (declared) the gospel (good tidings) to the poor (beggar or pauper) • Healed (made whole) the brokenhearted (crushed or shattered thoughts or feelings) • Preached deliverance (forgiveness, liberty) to the captives (prisoners of war)
  14. 14. What Did Jesus Do? • Recovered (restored) sight to the blind (blind physically or mentally) • Set at liberty (delivered) the bruised (crushed) • Preached (proclaimed, published) the acceptable (approved) year of the Lord
  15. 15. DISCUSSION Local Missions in the U.S.
  16. 16. USA – A.D. 2005 Population: 278 million (301 million today) 85% Christian (24% Protestant, 24% Independent, 21% Catholic) Missionaries from the U.S. – 60,200 in 631 agencies to 220 countries Missionaries to the U.S. – 1,873 in 139 agencies from 115 countries (Peru, Brazil, Philippines, Mexico, Japan, Kenya) Operation World, 2005
  17. 17. USA – A.D. 2005 “The USA needs revival.” Biblical holiness – superficiality and materialism Spiritual unity – left and right Christian withdrawal from public life – schools, violence, poverty, etc. Operation World, 2005
  18. 18. Missionaries in the U.S. • Mission America • World Vision USA • Prison Fellowship • Promise Keepers • Christian Community Development Assn. Operation World, 2005
  19. 19. A Major Barrier to Local Lack of cooperation between churches, and between church and para-church organizations, resulting in waste of limited resources. “Christian Witness to Large Cities,” Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, 1980
  20. 20. Definitions “Micro-ministry” “Macro-studies” A vast scope of Dealing with investigation—sociology, individuals and their anthropology, economics, needs in the city. politics, etc. Charles Van Engen, God So Loves the City, Charles Van Engen, God So Loves the pp. 246 City, pp. 246
  21. 21. Can our cities be saved? “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Tim. 3:1
  22. 22. The Church at Corinth “For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.” Acts 18:10
  23. 23. Greece – A.D. 2005 Population: 11 million 95% Christian (48% Evangelical, 36% Pentecostal) 2% in church on an average Sunday Missionaries in Greece – 36 in 15 agencies (30 in Greece) Missionaries to Greece – 150 in 38 agencies from 12 countries (82 from the U.S.) OperationWorld, 2005
  24. 24. WORKING COLLABORATIVELY
  25. 25. God’s Urban Mission Strategy: ONE BODY building ONE CHURCH for ONE CITY
  26. 26. Definitions “Koinonia” “God is faithful, by whom ye were called Communion, unto the fellowship fellowship, sharing in (koinonia) of his Son common Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Cor. 1:9
  27. 27. Definitions “Communion” “Fellowship” The act or an The condition of instance of sharing, sharing similar as of thoughts or interests, ideals, or feelings. experiences, as by reason of profession, religion, or nationality.
  28. 28. An Ideal Relationship The ideal relationship for the world Christian community is one of interdependence with a recognized system for shared decision- making and resource allocation. Until that is resolved there will continue to be tensions and resource imbalances. Wilbert Shenk, Changing Frontiers of Mission, pp. 114
  29. 29. No Schism God gave us a diversity of members so that there would be no schism in the body. (1 Cor. 12:25) Schism comes and the body suffers when we think we can do it alone, that we don’t need our other members to fully function.
  30. 30. OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL MISSIONS
  31. 31. Much people in the city The needs in the city are indeed too big for one person or one congregation or organization. But praise God! He never intended for us to work alone! God is with us AND he has much people in the city.
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