Compelling teaching from Stan Self about mission April 27
By Charles W. Waring III and Nancy E. Hardwick
April 27 found roughly 30 St. Michaelites in the Kinloch Room and ready for training for mission. Stan Self came from The Mission Society in Norcross, Georgia to offer some compelling words for all attending. The Mission Task Force wanted to have those interested in mission plus St. Michael’s staff join forces to learn or be reminded of what mission means and how to set up a Global Impact Celebration. The gathering included a morning teaching, lunch and afternoon session.
Mr. Self provided challenging and practical content for all assembled to consider. He grabbed our attention early: “Churches have become keepers of the aquarium instead of fishers of men.” In terms of an overlooked mission field, he reminded us of how many unreached students from overseas and our own country are in our city. Each student needs to see Christian lives modeled and can take the Good News back to their homes and nations. He emphasized that every part of the church should have a mission element; in short, apply what you are doing to everyone outside the doors of the sanctuary.
Mr. Self offered specific actionable advice on how to mobilize our church for mission. First, participants heard about the importance of underpinning our missions with prayer. This includes praying for direction and being patient to hear His answer. Prayer is needed for more mission workers and for missions around the world. He also reminded us to communicate answered prayers to the rest of the congregation and beyond, as this encourages others in their faith. He advised that a comprehensive and focused plan for missions should be developed. The plan should include a compelling vision, an Acts 1:8 plan with strategic priorities, a high functioning mobilization team and best practices and policies to guide mission.
Next, he emphasized the importance of forming successful partnerships for strategic Kingdom purposes. Increasing and deepening relationships with partners is vital to mission at home and abroad. Mr. Self also discussed the “Playbook” for an annual Global Impact Celebration, a hands-on mission celebration designed to saturate the entire church with a global vision and challenge to engagement. Key questions were identified around how has God gifted the congregation and how does that translate into how the church is engaged in mission.
He indicated that churches should connect and mobilize everyone for mission. Finally, he described the need to multiply provision and how we must fund our outreach by faith. The session ended in early afternoon and participants left with new ideas and motivation to follow the command of our Lord to engage in His mission.