Jesus calls the Church to participate in God’s mission to redeem and restore all of creation.
This is what the church is for. Leaders equip their churches to live out this ‘sending’, including making Christ known, communicating the gospel of God’s grace, making disciples, compassionate care for the poor and vulnerable, and pursuing justice and peace.
Therefore our role as Christian people, no matter where we live, work or worship is to share the good news of God’s mission in our words, deeds and character. This is how we participate in the mission of God and how we seek whole-life transformation. So, as Jesus lives in us, we become “presence carriers” into every life situation, conversation and element of our everyday lives.
However, in challenging times it’s tempting to look inwards and focus on ourselves. But we are called in the Lord’s Prayer to bring God’s Kingdom “On earth, as it is in Heaven.” God wants His Kingdom to come on earth, he wants His creation to thrive and flourish and have life “in all its fullness.”
The Church is the largest voluntary network in the world, and it can reach places and people which governments cannot. It holds local relationships. It has a local understanding of need and context. The Church is called by God to bring transformation to each geographical location in the world where it finds itself.
From a practical perspective Christians, as part of Church community, bring a set of resources such as energy, prayer, skills and materials. Such resources are gifts to be shared in the Church and with the wider community.