Our Mission

  • June 12, 2012
  • Blog

In recent months, Altar84 has been narrowing in on our vision and clarifying our mission.  So what is a mission?  It is your purpose, your reason for being…why you were created.  We believe God is leading us into a specific mission of “Advocating, Educating, and Resourcing” on behalf of the least of these.  And this will be accompished WITHIN the context of the local church. 

So what is the mission of the church?  Read what these three pastors, Kevin DeYoung, Greg Gilbert, and Ryan Kelly with The Gospel Coalition have to say:

The mission of the church is to go into the world and make disciples by declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit and gathering these disciples into churches, that they might worship and obey Jesus Christ now and in eternity to the glory of God the Father. In other words, the mission of the church is not equal to everything God is doing in the world, nor is it everything we do in obedience to Christ. The mission of the church is the Great Commission. As Kostenberger says, “the church ought to be focused in the understanding of its mission. Its activities should be constrained by what helps others to come to believe that the Messiah, the Son of God, is Jesus.”

But to say disciple-making is the “central” aim or our “priority,” or our “focus” is not to say that everything else is suspect. Galatians 6:10 says, “Do good to all people, especially to the household of faith.” I should also add that the language of “priority” does not mean evangelism or discipleship must happen temporally prior to any other kind of ministry. “Priority” doesn’t mean you do items 1-10 on your list and then you can tackle 11-15.

It does mean, however, that priorities ought to take, well, priority. We live in a world of finite time, finite people, and finite resources. Therefore, the church cannot do everything noble there is to do. If our mission is discipleship this will mean something for the church’s allocation of time, talents, and treasure. What that something looks like depends on the wisdom of the leadership of the local church. I don’t have a formula for what keeps disciple-making properly in the focus. Except to say this: if the church as a body tackles few community problems, but it is making disciples, and those disciples are individually living as disciples, the church is being faithful. Conversely, if we do everything else—serve, bless, renew the city, create culture, transform our schools—but do not make disciples, we are failing in our mission.

You can watch more of this discussion here: http://vimeo.com/13157685

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.'” (Matt.28:18-20)

Please pray for wisdom for Altar84 as we seek to come alongside of the church to fulfill The Great Commission and to care for the orphan and the families who have answered the call to adopt and/or foster.  Also, please ask the Lord to affirm in your heart your God-given “time, talents, and treasures” so that you may speak and act with MISSION in your church, community, and, well, the whole wide world, on behalf of the most vulnerable of souls.

Because of His Great Love,