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Editorial


We are making a difference

 

Our task as Christians in the United States is to be missions-minded. It happens by directing our resources toward reaching the lost, breaking out of our walls and into our society, and compelling people with the gospel. This is called a missional approach.

A missional church is one that is faithful to the full gospel — from the inerrancy of Scripture to the doctrine of Pentecost — and that contextualizes or adapts the message to the culture. Like the apostle Paul, who said he became all things to all people (1 Corinthians 9:22), we must reach, impact and change our culture by the power of the Word. Whatever the community may be, we must frame our message accordingly and put the good news in a package that appeals to them. In simplest terms, it’s faith in action!

In just a few days you will see the church acting missionally in Indianapolis during the week of General Council. U.S. Missions’ ReachAmerica Coalition has provided a leadership framework for this event to bring people and resources together, providing tools that will no doubt change lives for years to come. The mission: To reach the spiritually lost people of America by mobilizing prayer, people and resources for the greatest impact on America. The standards: Teamwork, excellence, accountability and a missional approach. The vision: A nationwide campaign modeled by the local church that will serve as a model of partnership.

Through these partnerships in Indianapolis our RV-MAPS teams will complete three inner-city church makeovers — Cityview Christian Center, The Caring Place and Victory Christian Center — retooling these ministries for effective evangelism in unconventional settings. Additionally, ReachAmerica Coalition and the General Council have partnered with the Indiana District Council to plant a new church on the northwest side of Indianapolis (Living Hope Church), and a Convoy of Hope evangelism outreach will be conducted with the youth AIM teams.

All totaled, more than $250,000 in buildings, equipment and supplies have been provided along with thousands of hours of service from local, district and national organizations. It is quite a sight to see.

Together, we are making a difference! See you there!

Alton Garrison

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