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Southern Gables Church will recruit and support the following seven roles of missionary workers within the parameters of our focus:
- Evangelism and Church Planting. Our commission is to “make disciples” (Matt 28:19). So, the first step–and indeed, the essential goal of all our efforts–must be to win people to faith in Christ and bring them to the commitment of baptism (Matt 28:19). Following the pattern of the Book of Acts and the epistles, converts must be gathered and organized into local churches. These churches will be the bodies that foster discipling, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded” (Matt 28:20). It is recognized that in some locations of limited access or severe persecution, it may not be possible for expatriate workers to form churches.
- Bible Translation and Literacy Work. The Bible in one’s “heart language” is essential to evangelism, worship, and growth in Christ (2 Tim 3:16, 17). There are still thousands of tribes and people groups without any Scripture in their languages. Further, it is self-evident that these same people are usually illiterate and must be taught to read the Bible in their own languages.
- Professionals and Business People in Mission. In much of the work left in the world today, many of the unreached peoples are not accessible by traditional missionary work as listed above. We call these “limited-access” countries. Examples include Communist countries and much of the Muslim world. In such situations medical practitioners, engineers, business people, athletes, and educators such as English teachers, can get access and do what they can to embody Christ and to engage in discreet personal witness and encouragement of believers. Since these professionals usually have paying jobs, they may need more of SGC prayer support than financial support.
- Leadership Development. Many peoples and countries have fledgling churches but are lacking in pastors and Christian workers. Therefore, many missionaries are needed to staff Bible schools and seminaries, whether on site or in theological education by extension (TEE). Developing curricula and training materials for pastors and laymen fall into this category, as does mentoring of promising individual believers. The goal must always be to replace expatriate staff on school faculties with national professors and teachers (2 Tim 2:2).
- Support Roles. A modern army has large numbers of support personnel without which front-line soldiers could not function. Our front-line workers need teachers of missionary children, member care counselors, administrative and executive staff, pilots, and technical support in areas such as ethnomusicology, videography, and intelligence technology (IT).
- Military and Student Ministries are specialized witnesses of Christ to people to whom SGC does not have direct access, though they may not be “overseas.” Large numbers of the world’s unreached peoples have come to us as immigrants, foreign students, refugees, or business people. We will consider support of those who specialize in witness to them and encourage and train people in the SGC congregation to get involved in friendship evangelism among foreigners in our midst (Deut 10:9; Matt 25:43).
- Relief, Rehabilitation, and Development. With the broken, fallen world we live in today, there is no end of need in the world to alleviate poverty, fight disease, dig wells, care for street children, fighting sex trafficking, educate the illiterate, or respond to natural tragedies such as earthquakes and famines.