“Missions” is not a program the church does; it is “who we are” as we follow Jesus Sunday through Saturday.
“Missions” is not an alternative to “growing the church” - it is God’s plan and purpose for sharing the Good News of Jesus with every person on the planet . . . by His grace and for His glory.
If you know Jesus, it is because of God’s mission to you. You have been called to Him - you are being sent by Him. As believers, we have walked across the bridge God has built to reconcile us to Himself - now we are called to build bridges of relationship over which the gospel can be transported to all who are separated from Him.
“Missions” is not a matter of local vs. global - it is all the work of God. The location is up to Him! Our pastor’s paraphrase of Jesus’ pronouncement in Acts 1:8 forms the framework for the doing of God’s mission:
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."