The risen Jesus Christ commissioned his disciples with the following mandate before he left them: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt 28:18-19).
Each local church ought to have a clear philosophy of missions in response to this commission. We do not deploy God to help us with our mission, but God in his sovereignty deploys the local church to achieve His mission.
We hold that every Christian is called to be a “missionary” and engage in Christ-centered mission within the spheres of influence that God has placed them (John 17:18), and yet we also hold that we are called to send and support certain individuals who are called to vocationally spread the gospel both locally and globally (Rom 10:14-15, Acts 13:2). The call to be both locally and globally focused is summed up in Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”. By sending chosen individuals abroad, we partner with them in reaching places we cannot go and utilize their gifts to serve in ways that we are not equipped to do ourselves.