Purpose & Mission Statement:
To mobilize, equip, deploy and nurture multinational teams of disciple-makers who live and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ through engaging in sacrificial service, intentional evangelism and whole-life discipleship, resulting in the creation of healthy spiritual communities.
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Encompass World Partners, in harmony with our historic position, believing the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible to be our infallible rule of faith and of practice, and feeling our responsibility to make known the divine message of the Bible, present the following articles as a statement of those basic truths taught in the Bible which are common to our Christian faith and practice. 1.THE BIBLE: the Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God (II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21) 2.THE ONE TRUE GOD: existing eternally as three persons-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22, Matt. 28:19, II Cor. 13:14). 3.THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: His preexistence and deity (John 1:1-3), incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matt. 1:18-23), sinless life (Heb. 4:15), substitutionary death (II Cor. 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), ascension into heaven and present ministry (Heb. 4:14-16), and coming again (Acts 1:11). 4.THE HOLY SPIRIT: His personality (John 16:7-15); and deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in each believer: baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (I Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9); and filling (Eph. 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Eph. 3:16; Acts 1:8; Gal. 5:22-23). 5.MAN: his direct creation in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Gen 3:1-24; Rom 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5). 6.SALVATION: a complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19). 7.THE CHURCH: one true Church, the body and bride of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-32), composed of all true believers of the present age (1 Cor. 12:12-13); and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Eph. 4:11-16). 8.CHRISTIAN LIFE: a life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Rom. 12:1-2), manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Eph. 5:22-6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (I Cor. 6:1-8), not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ-like attitude toward men (Rom. 12:17-21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Eph. 6:18; Phil.4:6), including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray for and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18). 9.ORDINANCES: the Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are (1) baptism of believers by triune-immersion (Matt. 28:19) and (2) the threefold communion service, consisting of the washing of the saints’ feet (John 13:1-17), the Lord’s Supper (I Cor. 11:20-22, 33-34; Jude 12), and the communion of the bread and the cup (I Cor. 11:23-26). 10.SATAN: his existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His people (Rev. 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Rev. 20:10). 11.SECOND COMING: the personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His church from the earth (I Thess. 4:16-17) before the tribulation (I Thess. 1:10; Rev. 3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Rev. 19:11-20:6). 12.FUTURE LIFE: the conscious existence of the dead (Phil. 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Rom. 14:10-12; II Cor. 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Rev. 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the lost (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:15). This statement must be subscribed to by every serving under the Society. It is endorsed annually by each member of the Board of Trustees.
Relentless pursuit of the Great Commission in all of its implications
Prayer that leads to vision that leads to Risk-taking faith
Valuing individuals And empowering teams
The glory of the Church as God’s plan for this age
Strive for Excellence in all we do
4 to 11 Months
1 to 2 Years
More than 2 Years
Long Term/One Way
5 to 10
11 to 15
16 to 20
More than 20
Training Required for Service:
we provide a training in Atlanta called Engage 5 where people come to Atlanta for 5 weeks to learn about crossing cultures, interacting with people for the gospel, team dynamics and much more.
Training Provided by Organization:
Engage 5 described above
Long-Term Missionary Accountability Practices:
our member care team works hard to make sure each is well cared for spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. they meet over Skype to mentor, send frequent emails, and sometimes travel to the missionaries location to encourage and council them. some teams do receive short term teams, but only if they have invited the team to come. our board meets twice a year to review the budget as well as the organizations progress and activity level in several areas.
usually an interested person will email us and we have them fill out a general form so we can understand who they are. then we schedule a Skype meeting or phone call with one of our mobilizers who determines the best fit in available ministry opportunities. from there our mobilizer will connect with the interested goers sending church and make sure their pastor is on board. then the interested goer is moved to the application phase. from there they become appointed to a mission field and begin raising funds. finally they receive training and are sent to the field. this process could take as little as 1 year.
Characteristics of the Ideal Missionary:
the ideal is someone who has been involved with their local church and has a heart for the nations. they have met with their pastor regarding their interest in missions and have some experience in cross cultural ministry.