The Great Commission and Three Types of Churches

ChurchLeaders | 6/20/2019 | Staff
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After Jesus walked out of the tomb alive and just before He ascended to heaven, Jesus gave His disciples authority to join His mission of reconciling people to God, people of all nations. Jesus commissioned His disciples, sending them out to make disciples. His words have been called the Great Commission:

The mission Jesus gave His disciples is our mission, the mission of the churches we serve and lead. My friend Ed Stetzer has said, “More than the church has a mission, the mission has a church.” The Lord has created a church to fulfill His mission. The mission is given to His people. The mission has us.

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Church leaders don’t have the freedom other organizational leaders have—the freedom to whiteboard, discuss, and create a mission for their organizations. We already have our mission. Sure, we can state the mission in contextual language for our churches, but the mission has already been given and it is clear.

3 Types of Churches

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The vast majority of church leaders embrace the Great Commission. There has been some discussion and debate thought around whether a single church is responsible for all aspects of the Great Commission (the reaching side and the teaching side). For example, some church leaders have said things like “we focus exclusively on the first half of the Great Commission.” There are three types of churches in relation to the Great Commission.

Churches that focus on the second half of the Great Commission think almost exclusively about those who are already Christian. The church is passionate to help believers grow, but even growing Christians would hesitate to bring their friend with them to this...
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