Developing Missionaries for the Glory of God
Missions | by Pastor David Parker
As Pastor Adam preached on this past Sunday, one of our prayers from the beginning of planting this church is that we’d be a church-planting church. Meaning, that we’d be able to raise up and send out our people to be a part of planting other churches, both in this city and in cities around the world.
To that end, we've created intentional discipleship pathways for developing ministry leads, community leads, women's discipleship leads, deacons, elders, church-planters, and pioneer global missionaries. All so that more people would come to know, love, and trust Jesus—and be equipped to make other disciples!
Because there are still thousands of people groups around the world that have never heard the gospel (and live in some of the hardest to reach places), it means that Jesus' church (us!) need to spend extra effort in considering how we might be able to take the gospel to these places.
In light of the immense task that is still unfinished, a few years ago we created our Global Missions Development Pipeline to help provide a pathway of learning and growth for those considering becoming pioneer church-planting missionaries.
Maybe after the sermon this Sunday, you are wondering if the Lord is inviting you into being one of the ones that "goes?!" Or perhaps you are interested in learning more about frontier missions so that you could be a better sender and equipper. Whatever the case, let me give you 5 opportunities that you could begin exploring today:
Visit the joshuaproject.net and begin praying for the thousands of unengaged and unreached people groups that have never heard the Gospel.
#2 Become a member
Begin serving, become known by a pastor, and start growing in learning how to love and serve our family here first. Our next Foundations Class starts in two weeks, and you can learn more and register here.
Join one of our quarterly missions meet-ups or our next missions class to grow in your love and heart for the nations. Our next meet-up will be on Sunday, March 14th, and the next missions class will start on Wednesday, April 14th. Registration forthcoming.
A great place to start learning about how our church defines missions, and how the local church is central to God's unfolding story, is by reading Missions, by Andy Johnson.
#5 Join the Missions Cohort
If you're already a member of DCC, and are seriously exploring what it might look like to give your life for the greatest cause in the world, learn more here, and talk to one of the pastors about joining the Missions Cohort.
DCC, because we are all gospel carriers, let’s keep praying that Jesus would raise up more men and women in our church that want to live and proclaim the gospel boldly and that we’d get to see more churches planted in Seattle and around the world!