The Congregational Holiness Church serves in more than 34 countries around the world. There are approximately 10,000 overseas churches and missions with over 15,000 workers. Workers are trained through Extension Education Training. The World Missions Department supports orphanages. Bible schools, church construction projects, and national workers. We provide vehicles for national leaders and are engaged in an extensive Bible distribution program around the world. The City of Refuge street kid’s orphanage in Honduras is a facility to feed, clothe, evangelize, and educate the many homeless children in San Pedro Sula. Active opportunities exist for individuals to minister on the foreign field through MOBIL (Missions Overseas by Involving Laity) construction and medical teams. The World Missions and Mission USA Departments jointly sponsor youth mission trips. The Executive Director of World Missions administrates the overall world mission program of the Congregational Holiness Church.
It was 2,000 years ago when Jesus told His disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. From that day until the present, the church has been involved in carrying out the command. From the earliest days of the Congregational Holiness Church, we have heard the call. As we lift our eyes and look upon the fields, we see that while much has been accomplished, there is still much to do. With your help, we can touch people for Jesus in regions where the Gospel is not as freely preached as here at home. Rev. Scotty Poole serves as our World Missions Executive Director.
The work of Missions is much Bigger than we are. We are the workers, building something together much Bigger than we can ever build alone. Whether preaching, teaching, living or serving the gospel we must remember one thing - the Message is More important than the messenger. However, if the messenger isn’t prepared or equipped he/she has the potential to damage the Message. So, one way we can prepare and equip ourselves is through a process called “Bigger, Better, More!” Here’s the basic premise:
We find in Hebrews that without faith it is impossible to please God. Jesus tells us in Mark 11:22 simply to “Have faith in God” and his disciples asked Him “Lord, increase our faith”. (Luke 17:5). Being Bigger simply means to have Bigger faith to believe God for the impossible. If you have served God for any length of time you understand that what He asks of us is impossible so we must have faith in Him to do what He has asked us to do. Think about it. We cannot save anyone. We must trust that Jesus will save when we present the gospel. We do not need More faith - we need Bigger faith. Jesus talks often of “little faith” and the Bible says that every man is given a “measure of faith.” So, what we need to do is ask Jesus to increase our faith, so we can have a Bigger Faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Here is where Bigger Faith lies.
We must strive to have an ever-growing Bigger Faith to be able to continue doing Bigger things in the Lord. My personal relationship with Jesus brings that Bigger Faith.
When we have a Bigger Faith then we move towards Better. What is Better? This is not a comparison with another individual, church, or ministry but it is a comparison to our own work we are doing for Missions.
Better means that we improve in Evangelism, Discipleship, and Caring. Being Better at evangelism is increasing in how, when and where we share the word of God. To evangelize is to share the good news. People need to know Jesus loves them and being Better is sharing that in a way that touches the heart.
Discipleship begins with salvation and continues throughout the life of the believer. The Bible tells us the strong should bear the weak. We need each other. So being Better at discipleship means to be intentional in the discipleship process. The goal God gave us is maturity and we achieve together by being Better at discipleship.
Caring is simply what it says - we must be Better at caring one for another. Jesus described those making it into heaven as those that fed others, gave drink to others, and visited. Simply put - those that cared. Caring is continuing to serve those that are in a time of need. We do not just evangelize, and disciple, we must also be Better at taking care of those in times of need so that we can compete the work of Missions.
This is not a measurement in comparison to another person. This is a measurement of how much God is involved in our life. Being More means having More of God in all I do. As Christians doing the work of Missions, we do not have separate secular and sacred lives. We have only one life and it must continually be filled with ore of God. John the Baptist said it best, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). To have More of God does mean there has to be less of us. However, when we develop Bigger faith and we become Better at evangelism, discipleship, and caring we will have More of God in everything we do. As we allow the Holy Spirit to be More in our life we will find that His care for each of us is much better than we can care for ourselves. Remember He knows what we have need of even before we do.
To complete the work of Missions we need More of God in every aspect of all we do. We can find More of God when we begin to develop Bigger faith and become Better at evangelism, discipleship, and caring. You see, it is not about us. It is about God and His precious creation - Mankind. As we do the work of Missions we will find peace, joy, and happiness when we become Bigger, Better, More!