MISSION OVERVIEW - Local and Global
Basis for Missions
1 Chronicles 16:23-25: Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Genesis 12: 3: “All people on earth will be blessed through you.”
Matthew 28:19-20: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Mark 16:15: [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
Romans 10:13-14: "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
- Matthew 9:36-38: When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
Definition of Missions:
Activity that leads to the fulfilling of the Great Commission
(Jn 20:21, Mk 16:15, Mt 28:18-20, Lk 24: 44-49, Acts 1:8).
To bring glory to God by reaching the lost, helping people grow into followers of Christ and serving as Jesus did -- which will in turn cause others to grow into followers of Christ and serve as Jesus did.
Statement of Doctrine:
“Salvation by faith alone” (Eph 2:8-9); “Jesus alone” (John 10:10; 14:6). As new believers are discipled and mature they will be taught in accordance and agreement with the Spring Creek doctrinal statement.
These values drive all the ministries at Spring Creek: Humility, Authenticity, Integrity, Accountability, Diversity, Creativity, Vibrancy, Unity, Quality and Generosity.
Guidelines for Action:
We use the following guidelines to shape how we pursue ministry at Spring Creek.
1. Prayerful: Prayer needs to be the foundation to understand God’s leading and direction.
(Col 4:2 / James 1:5 / Psalm 34:15 / Luke 10:2 / Rom 8:26-27)
2. Sent Ones: We understand that all disciples of Jesus are sent into the world to proclaim and live the Gospel. (John 20:21, Matt 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:44-49, Acts 1:8)
3. Scope: God’s mission will express itself in our personal lives, home, community, nation and world. (John 13:35, Acts 1:8)
4. Spiritual Formation: Spring Creek understands the process of developing disciples of Jesus Christ and will train, equip and foster growth in the church body in order to train, equip and foster growth in others. (2 Tim 2:2) This begins by setting a personal example. (Titus 2:7)
5. Discernment: We must seek to confirm God’s calling for Spring Creek as well as individuals. This includes the evaluating of gifts, talents, and skills of its sent ones. (Phil 1:9-10 / Col 1:9 / Psalm 119:125)
6. Stewardship: We are obligated to be effective and efficient with God’s resources of finances, people, time and gifts all in relation to reaching the lost. (1 Cor 4:2)
7. Community: Mission flows out of our experience with a Christ-centered community and is strengthened by involvement. (Luke 10:1,17)
8. Involvement: We develop passion and skills for ministry by training, practice and experience. (Mark 3:14)
9. Partnership: Partnership flows out of experience, history and community. Partnerships are strategic and synergistic and testify to Christian unity. Partnerships need to be relational and sometimes financial, but always in that order. (Rom 1:12 / 1 Cor 12:12 / Acts 11:27-30)
10. Local Church: The local church is the primary means for making disciples in a community, although we understand that alternative approaches are necessary in some circumstances. (Matt 16:18 / Eph 4:4-6 / Acts 2:42-47)
11. Diversity: We will engage in ministry, through calculated ministry diversity in order to excite more Christ-follower’s hearts. (1 Cor 12:12, 19 / 1 Cor 9:19-23 / Eph 4: 11-13)
12. Wholistic: Our concern is for spiritual, mental, emotional, social, financial and physical health -- The whole person rightly related to Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 6:19 / Matt 10: 7-8 / 1 John 4:21 / Luke 10:36-37/ Mark 16:15)
Goals for Spring Creek:
1. To engage in ministry – globally and locally.
2. Every Spring Creeker will be able to identify where, how and who they are engaged with whether it be local, national or international.
3. Deepen connections between Spring Creekers and vocational missionaries and ministry organizations. This can be expressed in many forms.
4. Spring Creek will regularly lift in prayer ministries, missionaries, partnerships and initiatives.
Spring Creek desires to honor God in obedience to the Great Commission, and stewardship of what He has entrusted to us. All SCC missionaries will have the purpose and goal of making disciples, understanding there are a variety of methods. As a church, our desire is to be effective in serving vocational missionaries, both on the field and during furlough.
Strategic Focus and Priorities:
1. Local Church – the local church is the method used to fulfill Jesus’ commission
2. Unreached or Un-Evangelized – those that don’t have access to the Gospel
3. Marginalized people – ex: widow, women, children, orphan, refugee, homeless, …
4. Leadership Training – empowering nationals to reach their own people
5. Strategic Areas – areas or regions that have potential for large impact
We have endeavored to create an objective financial support scale to guide us as we understand God’s will for missions at SCC. Here are a few benchmarks we use when evaluating ministry and financial support.
1. Ministry Task
2. Ministry Relevance
3. Ministry Location
4. Target Audience
5. Connection to SCC
6. Skills, Giftedness and Experience
Conditions of Support:
- Support will be reevaluated for such causes as: failure to fulfill responsibility to SCC, or change of location, ministry, assignment or agency affiliation.
Support will be terminated for causes such as: deviation from SCC Articles of Faith, specific incompetence, or moral problems.
SCC will not support missionaries utilizing boarding schools. We hold the conviction that raising your own children is your first calling; before the mission field. Family and family relationships are very important. (1 Cor 7; Eph 5 & 6, Gen 1 & 2)