What is our calling?
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture comes from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001).
Our calling is derived from Luke 10. Jesus ἀνέδειξεν (anedeixen) seventy disciples. This verb means to appoint and is best understood as a commission by a commander to accomplish a specific task or mission. Jesus then ἀπέστειλεν (apesteilen) the seventy disciples. This verb means to send out or to dispatch. They were to go in pairs, ἀνὰ δύο (ana duo) or ἀνὰ δύο δύο, meaning two-by-two. “The purpose of the pairing (cf. Mk. 6:7) was not merely to provide mutual comfort and help, but also to give attested, binding testimony.” The intention is for them to go to every town and place that Jesus would go. However, Jesus did not go to all of those towns during His walk on the earth. Luke 10:16 which says, “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me,” supports the idea that the messengers were intended to take the place of Jesus, and that the mission continues in the Body of Christ until His return. Jesus tells them to go, that it is He that is sending them. “The application of ἀποστέλλω (apostello) to the disciples is significant; here is the root of the concept of apostleship understood in terms of mission.” Jesus says that He is sending them as “lambs in the midst of wolves.” This indicates that Christ is aware of the dangers that they will face and acknowledges them to the disciples. This is comforting and possibly alludes to divine protection which is confirmed upon their return when Jesus says, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you” (Luke 10:19). Jesus instructs these missionaries to carry no bag, no extra sandals, and to greet no one on the road. The lack of resources is a witness to the absolute provision of Jesus. The omission of formal greetings, which were long in near eastern tradition, emphasizes the critical nature of the mission and the immediacy with which it should be carried out. This immediacy is still relevant. The Body of Christ literally has from the resurrection of Christ until His return to carry the Gospel message to all people. You and I have from the moment we believe until our own passing to carry out this commission. Time is limited. Like these disciples, we are called to seek out the “man of peace.” As we sow the Gospel seed we are to observe whom receives it in peace. Jesus’ direction is to stay with this “son of peace” and to receive whatever provision he gives. If a town receives us we are to “heal the sick and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.'” Looking ahead in the chapter it becomes apparent that these disciples also cast out demons. Therefore, as a part of the mission, we are intended to free people from spiritual bondage in Jesus Name, and then, more importantly, share the filling Spirit of Christ with them. If the people do not receive it, we are to dust off our feet as a sign of judgement, and declare that the kingdom of God has come near. This is a pioneer journey; people perish without the Gospel. Therefore, it is imperative to keep going and keep reaching those that have not heard.
 Howard Marshall, The Gospel of Luke: A Commentary on the Greek Text, New International Greek Testament Commentary (Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1978), 415–416.
 Ibid., 417.
What is our strategic plan?
“Strategic planning is a prayerfully discerned, Spirit-guided process of preparation, development, implementation, and evaluation of the necessary steps involved for missionary endeavors.”
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).
Goal: Create a network of missional churches that are mutually supportive of each other.
- Identify Unreached People Groups – unreached and unchurched cultural groups within countries – a single country can hold various people groups with unique identities – each province in each country. There are 55-57 countries in Africa (depending on international recognition).
- Develop a People Group Profile (Worldview, Beliefs, Values, Behavior) – this will help us determine the best method for Gospel presentation (written/oral tradition), and will aid in the identification of syncretistic or blended religious beliefs. We will also be able to determine possible obstacles to Gospel reception – multiple wives, etc.
- Plan to Overcome Obstacles – Political, Geographic, Religious, Communication
- Communications Plan – who and how to communicate
- Share the Gospel message
- Find the man of Peace/agent of influence – “And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you” (Luke 10:6).
- Teach obedience to the Command’s of Christ. This will be lived out through loving God, loving the neighbor, and loving each other. Additionally, all of the commands of Christ will be taught. As we determine the extent of the commands, we accept and begin with the 125 identified and agreed upon by a large majority of biblical scholars.
- Teach the community how to feed itself Spiritually (home churches, Bible study methods, prayer)
- Teach the community how to carry out the Great Commission (evangelism and disciple making) – define
- Establish a community of prayer that beseeches the Lord to send more workers for His harvest.
- Teaching the Great Example (Acts 2:42–47) – reproduction
- Exit Strategy
Overall, there will be a missional focus on the discipleship of new believers. We intend to draw them into fellowship with the Body immediately, and to bring them along in evangelism efforts to nearby communities. This will create and foster a missional culture. Much of our time will focus on the “son of peace.” The goal is replication, and spiritual leadership development. We do not want o create dependence on us, but dependence on and obedience to Christ.
 John Mark Terry and J. D. Payne, Developing a Strategy for Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Cultural Introduction, Encountering Mission (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013), 13.