“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”
Acts 1:8; NKJV
Every Believer is Sent: The church is the missionary sent to bring the gospel to all peoples (John 20:21). Jesus sent all Christians in His Great Commission to proclaim the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Luke 24:46-49; Mark 16:15-18). Followers of Jesus gathered together as His church for Jesus’ last words here on earth heard Him say: “As the Father has sent Me, so now also I send you” (John 20:21). Some followers will cross a culture, a city, or a continent; still others may only cross a cubicle to reach the least, the last, and the lost (Luke 19:10). For many Jesus sends us to neighbors (Matthew 22:18-19), places of employment, schools, family, sports teams, and neighboring communities with the very same gospel (Romans 1:16). Wherever God has appointed for us to be sent (Acts 17:26), we are all as followers of Jesus called to be ambassadors of reconciliation, with the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:20-21). The question for each of us is where, or to whom (Acts 16:9).
Accordingly, we break down our mission into three categories that more clearly encompass ‘all of life’:
1. Global (Supported missionaries in church plants): Our supported missionaries are tested and tried men and women of God who are active in church-planting or are a part of a church reaching a city. Our focus is church-planting and development, and we support those within our network who are committed to such, even as we seek to see new men and women from Morningstar raised up to plant and develop new churches in Judea (ex. Whittier), Samaria (ex. Watts), and unto the ends of the earth (the least reached places on earth).
a. Church Focus: The New Testament model of missions is always of church-planting and development in cities where there isn’t gospel representation, and there is additional need for new and developing churches (Matthew 16:18; 1 Timothy 3:15; Titus 1:5). The church is the missionary vehicle for the reaching of all peoples.
b. City Focus: The Apostle Paul sought to plant churches in large cities knowing that cities are information centers that reach downstream to surrounding areas. Therefore, we also seek to see churches planted in the cities of the world, globally and domestically. These churches will themselves reach out and plant churches.
2. Local (Local evangelism/reconciliation ministries tied to our church or supporting new works in the immediate Los Angeles area): Our local ministries give us opportunities to do the work of an evangelist (2 Timothy 4:5), and be the means (the hands, feet, and words) by which the love of Jesus is imparted locally (Ephesians 3:14-21). Our entire church (each of our discipleship ministries, pastors, elders, and servants) is challenged to follow Jesus in ‘all of life’ opportunities like these.
3. Short-Term (Short-term domestic and international opportunities to see the work of church-planting and development): Our short-term opportunities give men and women the chance to follow Jesus in the mission field, serve Jesus’ church in the field, and discern Jesus’ calling in their lives and in the part they might play in His mission, responding with obedience to His Commission (Matthew 28:19-20; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Luke 24:46-49; Mark 16:15-18). It is here where many sense the calling of God to use their lives in the mission field for His glory, and their joy (Matthew 16:24-25).