What We Do
Our mission is “To empower believers worldwide to reach their own people for Jesus Christ.” This mission makes Big Life stand out as a ministry that has purposed to move away from the traditional western approach to international missions.
Because people are perishing at an alarming rate without ever hearing the name of Jesus even once in their life, it is crucial to use a strategy that is Scripture based and easily reproducible. Therefore, we teach multiplication and avoid man-made speed bumps which ensure that we have the greatest Kingdom impact as quickly as possible.
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We train native believers (600+) to be church planters which eliminates these speed bumps…
- Foreign missionaries are significantly more expensive to support.
- Foreign missionaries require culture and language training which can delay their effectiveness by months, even years.
- Foreign missionaries tend to bolster the myth that Christianity is the religion of the West.
- Foreign missionaries tend to stifle the ownership and independence that native believers need to develop.
- Foreign missionaries cannot freely gain access to and travel freely within all of the countries of the 10/40 Window.
Churches planted are not “church buildings”, but are groups of believers that meet in homes or open spaces in villages. This model facilitates rapid reproduction into more and more villages. Furthermore, here are reasons why we do not use funding for the purpose of building brick and mortar structures…
- Buildings are very expensive to construct and maintain. If we were to construct “church buildings” we would significantly limit the number of people that we are currently able to impact with Truth.
- If we constructed a “church building” in a village, the neighboring villages would think that they must have a “church building” in their village before they can “do church”. This would greatly slow down the work of the Lord.
- A “church building” in many of the countries where we work are easy targets for radical groups to bomb and inflict harm on the lives of Christians. In fact, there is no way we could possibly construct a “church building” in many of these countries even if we wanted to.
- The people throughout the 10/40 Window are very relational and hospitable often opening their homes to others. Therefore, it is very natural for people in this area to use their homes as a base of ministry.
Isn’t it far greater to utilize funding to build the lives of people so that they are disciples of Jesus who make other disciples, thus furthering the spread of the Gospel? We certainly think so!
Leaving new believers to fend for themselves in a culture greatly opposed to Christianity potentially results in them turning back to their old belief system and in many ways is counter productive. Big Life implements a discipleship process for those coming to faith in Christ so they grown quickly and deeply in their understanding of God’s Word, and they are trained to be disciple-makers. (Matthew 28:19-20 & 2 Timothy 2:2)
Intensive training sessions occur in a classroom setting, but the majority of training that church planters undergo takes place on the field under the direct discipleship of a mature church planter or leader. It is life-on-life training whereby new church planters immediately put into practice what they have learned.
Each church is trained and expected to be outward focused, to send out teams to nearby villages to share the Good News and plant new churches, thus reproducing themselves. Reproduction also occurs when a church outgrows the home where they are meeting and multiplies into a new home creating more opportunities for others to attend.
Pastors are either supported entirely by their congregations or they are bi-vocational. This eliminates their dependence on foreign funding for the purpose of doing “church”. This also ensures that each church can stand on it’s own, being healthy and independent of outside influences. It also empowers the members of the church to take ownership and be the body of Christ to one another.