Why do local churches always seem to be involved in missions? Well, that question is best summed up by our Lord's command to the Church just prior to his ascension into heaven. Matthew, a contemporary of Jesus, and one of his first disciples records it this way in Matthew 28:19-20: "And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Pastor and missions specialist, John Piper sums up biblical teaching on the reason for Christian missions by saying "Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't." You can find this statement in Let the Nations Be Glad!, Piper's seminal work on missions; which also happens to be probably the single best book we could recommend to anyone on the topic of missions. 

We hope as you preview our International and Local missions that you get a glimpse of how big God is, and how important the task of spreading His word to the lost is.