Missions – What is Missions?

We understand the Mission of an organization is what it is in business to manufacture, sell, or service to perform. One might say “Our mission is to sell the best hamburger in town.” The owner might want cleanliness, kindness to customers, fair treatment to employees, and many other things but they are not the mission. The mission is to sell the best hamburgers in town.

So what’s the mission of the Church?

Is it loving others, showing compassion, or having our doctrine straight? No, all of these should be part of us but they are not the mission we are commanded to perform.

Every church should have the same mission. It is what Jesus established the Church to do. Jesus gives the Church its mission in the Great Commission.

The Great Commission
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”   (Matt 28:16-20)

And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.   (Mark 13:10)

And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”   (Mark 14:9)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”   (Acts 1:8)

The book of Acts shows Jesus’ mission being fulfilled as the Word of God increases and multiplies. Everywhere the Word goes, some believe and churches are planted.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”   (John 20:21)

In, What is the mission of the Church?

Kevin Deyoung and Greg Gilbert state that: “The mission of the church is to go into the world and make disciples by declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit and gathering these disciples into churches, that they might worship the Lord and obey His commands now and in eternity to the glory of God the Father”.

We at Town North Church believe this to be the mission. Both the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) and MTW (Mission to the World) believe this and have been established for this purpose.

Town North is committed to giving 10% or more of our budget to world missions. We currently support 8 missionaries from our budget. Support currently varies from $300 to $700 per month. In addition to our budgeted support we also support missions through our LIFE Change program.

Our world mission program is managed by the Missions Committee. We currently have ten people on the missions committee. If you would like to know more about our missions program or LIFE change program, please contact the church office.