Can a simple, organic, house church do missions? Can our Lord raise up apostolic teams and send them to the nations out of our house churches and networks? The answer is yes! But, there needs to be some changes in the way we think and approach missions or we will fall into the same traps that plague the institutional missions effort. This is the reason for the series of articles. Hopefully it will spawn some discussion, but most of all spur us all to take the gospel of the Kingdom into the regions of our world where there is no witness, no preaching and no church. Basically to those who are out of reach. “How will they hear unless someone is sent?” (Romans 10:14-15)

• Study God’s Word (see Part 2)
• Pray for the Nations (see Part 3)
• Find a “Champion” (see Part 3)
• Pray for harvest, and opportunity for all to participate in that harvest (see Part 3)
• Seek the Lord for His Plan (see Part 4)
Follow the Plan (See Parts 5-10)

Follow the Plan – Continued . . .

Bridge Builders in Your Network. The network needs to become a blessing to the nations (Genesis 12) that God has brought to your doorstep. For this to happen, you need to break out of your “mono-cultural” world view. This was done several ways. Learn about the culture of those in your city by inviting folks from other cultures to your homes for a meal or some appropriate house church function. After you do this, you may find out how difficult it is for your international friends to relate to what is happening at the different functions. The reality of how to be “other culture” friendly becomes a valuable point of learning. The best resource for how you can be friendly and hospitable to people of other cultures are the people of other cultures! Your church will discover that it is best to just spend time with them, learn from them, and be friends with them.

Another way you can break out of that “mono-cultural” world view is to attend events sponsored by other cultures. The simplest of all solutions is to visit the ethnic restaurants in your area. Sample new foods, taste some new spices, and bring someone of another culture with you and share the experience. Another opportunity is to sponsor students from a student exchange program. This is an excellent way for the network to get comfortable with people from other cultures. They set up a team of families who are willing to open their homes each year for these students. Before long you began to build bridges to the cultures around you as well as to the nations that these students came from.

The church can build bridges to other cultures in your community in many other practical ways. One of the most obvious bridge builders is for the church to offer English conversation tutoring. All you need is some volunteers who were willing to talk to people who struggle with their English. They would help them learn how to communicate in English more effectively. Later you may find someone in the church who was qualified to teach English so they set up more formal English classes.

Another bridge builder is to welcome a friend from another culture when they moved into the community. Your church would show these new comers where the best places are to shop, or have their car repaired and many other practical ways to serve them. Contact the local university and offer to be a helper to newly arriving international students. Many students who come to the USA have never learned how to do simple tasks. They are usually from wealthy families who have servants who take care of them and do most of the menial tasks that we do everyday. The church not only provides help to a young person and become friends for life, but these students will one day return to their country as a person of great influence and responsibility. What a blessing a church would be if they revealed to them the love of Christ through the gospel! From these efforts, several house churches can be established among these ethnic groups.
In my next blog (part 7) I will be discuss more about specific strategic plans to consider that will help your house church successfully reach the unreached – those out of reach. Link to parts 7-10

[Don is available to come to your area and share with your group or network to assist your church to reach the unreached. ]