Activating Churches for the Mission
October 22, 2015
It started in the upper room of a small house in Jerusalem. A small group of Christ-followers had just watched Jesus ascend back into Heaven. Before leaving, he made his mission for them clear.
“Go tell the world.”
Soon after, Pentecost happened. The Holy Spirit broke into their lives, transforming this small, timid group of counter-cultural disciples into bold advocates for the Gospel. The message quickly spread across the city. When their efforts brought about persecution, it only fueled the fire.
Christians fled into the surrounding regions, starting new churches, which started even more. Men like Paul, Peter, and John carefully mentored new believers appearing all over the known world.
Today, billions of Christians across the globe gather in community on a weekly basis for worship, encouragement, and accountability. Some meet in beautiful cathedrals while the persecuted huddle together in abandoned fields or in basements. They follow the teachings of Jesus, worship him, and take the message beyond their walls.
The local church is the vehicle by which God has chosen to restore this world. Over and again, from Jerusalem to Ephesus, the Bible shows us what a small group of dedicated followers can do together to change their communities. The past 2,000 years of human history have proven it too. God’s people, manifested through the local church, have shaped some of the most influential movements in history, from the fall of communism to the westward expansion of the United States.
WORKING THROUGH THE CHURCH
At e3 Partners, we love the local church. We’re committed to serving it, empowering it, and ultimately planting it. We have a vision to see a local church within walking distance of every community in the world and we partner with existing churches to make it happen. It’s one of the core values that defines our organization.
Recently, we had the opportunity to begin a new partnership with Converge Worldwide, a collection of over 300,000 Christians meeting in over 1,200 churches across the United States. Converge’s humble beginnings date all the way back to 1852 when a group of Swedish believers came to America in search of religious freedom. As they reached the communities where they settled with the Gospel, they organized as a fellowship of churches known as the Swedish Baptist General Conference. In 1945, their name changed to The Baptist General Conference and today, they’re simply known as Converge.
For years, Converge leaders have sought to engage local churches in international missions and global church planting. After enjoying years of friendship, the leadership recently chose e3 Partners to become a vehicle for this effort. Rather than taxing each pastor’s personal resources in planning short-term trips, e3 Partners does all of the leg work.
Ministerial staff can focus on discipling their churches while we foster relationships for them on the mission field, plan the logistics of short-term trips, and simplify the process of working overseas. All of these efforts are designed to offer churches a system for developing long-term relationships with Christians overseas whom they can serve and work alongside.
SERVING YOUR CHURCH
While we’re excited about this upcoming relationship, we’re committed to serving all local churches this same way. By working through churches, e3 Partners is able to empower believers to live missionally as a community, at home and abroad.
To learn more about how e3 Partners can empower your church, click here to request more information.