We do not have to travel to some foreign country to locate the mission field. Right here, literally in our backyards, the world has come to us. The Church’s basic mission is to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God; this message has social and political aspects to its application. This is the fundamental responsibility of the Church. This message is holistic, and affects the total person. As the Church develops a comprehensive and practical understanding of missions, this will propel Christians to act out their missional call. The challenge as to how to be truly missional requires those persons considered to be disciples to engage their communities in their everyday lives.
To capture the full essence of missions, what is introduced is a process call Strategic Evangelism. This process serves to raise awareness by helping to clarify the nature of the structures and practices of the church relating to its missional focus, to develop a better awareness of local missions, and to introduce a process that will assist persons to live out the mission by engaging their communities.
As the Church develops a comprehensive and practical understanding of missions, this will propel Christians to act out their missional call. For example, this message of hope and salvation through Jesus Christ transforms not only Cornelius, but also his entire family, and Peter as well as stated in Acts 10. God was the underlying connection between Peter and Cornelius. God is both sending the seeker, Cornelius, and preparing the messenger, Peter the missionary, the disciple. This circle of missions is the thrust of the project; it begins with the call of the Church and then the commissioning of the Church. Refocusing the mindset and view of missions, requires change. In order to foster a new paradigm, we must deal with the issue of change within the Church with regard to the understanding of missions. How does understanding the theology of change contribute to this process? Theology of change refers to the understanding of all aspects of change and the philosophy that is buried in this word “change”. We will consider several aspects of change but will maintain as the foundation, what I term, the Circle of Missions. This involves looking at the community where the work of missions is carried out, the congregation where training is done and the core (people) that is doing the work of missions. Change is the agent that gets one from one quadrant to the next, from community to the core.