Tom Elliff, president of the International Mission Board: “The size of a church is the size of it’s heart!”
Mark 6:34: “Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd.”
Klondike Baptist Church seeks to be a missional community of believers. This is a work in progress, as we don’t have all the answers and we surely are seeking more opportunities to be the church for the sake of the Gospel. Here are some of the values and emphasis we are seeking to transition to as a church body.
We desire to transition from emphasizing:
From seating to sending
From decisions to disciples
From models to missions
From services to service
From ordained to the ordinary
From attractional to incarnational
From uniformity to diversity
From professional to passionate
1 John 3:18: Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
The missional church knows that they must be a cross-cultural missionary people and adopt a missionary stance in relation to their community. This means we live as the church in the community, rather than having a building called the church in the community. We must engage the culture (be in the world) with the love of Christ, ministries of mercy, and the Gospel itself, while being careful not to be absorbed by the culture (not of the world), making the church intentionally indigenous. We must be the Church in Word and Truth. Here are some other guiding principles we are seeking to live as a community of believers:
At Klondike Baptist Church, it is…
- Not simply how many people come to our church services, but how many people our church serves.
- Not simply how many people attend our ministry, but how many people have we equipped for ministry.
- Not simply how many people minister inside the church, but how many minister outside the church.
- Not simply how many ministries we start, but how many ministries we help.
- Not simply how we are connecting with our culture but how we are engaging our culture.
- Not simply how effective we are with our mission, but how faithful we are to our God.
- Not simply how unified our local church is, but how unified is “the church” in our neighborhood, city and world?
- Not simply how much we immerse ourselves in the text, but how faithfully we live in it in the world.
- Not simply being concerned about how our country is doing, but being concern for the welfare of other countries. Caring about all peoples, all ethnicities is a priority.
- Not simply how many people we bring into the kingdom, but how much of the kingdom we bring to the earth.
David Platt: “We live sacrificially, not because we feel guilty, but because we have been loved greatly and find satisfaction in sacrificial love for others. We live radically, not because we have to, but because we want to.” ——- Philippians 1:21: “For to me, to live is Christ…” (Radical Together, 31)
Here is a video that helps to demonstrate what it is for a church to be missional:
William Booth: “You’ve enjoyed yourself in religion long enough. You have had pleasant feelings, songs, meetings, prospects. There’s been much human happiness, clapping of hands, much of Heaven on earth. Now go to God and tell Him you are prepared as far as necessary to turn your back upon it all, and that you are willing to spend the rest of your days grappling with these perishing multitudes, cost you what it may.”
Oswald J. Smith: “The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.”
J.C. Ryle: “The highest form of selfishness is that of the person who is content to go to heaven alone.