Just been to Christchurch with Empower mission and had a great time with South City Church hearing about what they are doing and sharing the exciting things happening in Empower.
So what’s going on with Empower? Well two things mainly: the growth of Empower and the establishment of a two winged approach to missions. Both of these have really serendipitously happened and each has fed off the other, leading us to believe it is really a God thing!
So what’s two wings? Well it is the analogy of a bird inflight. A bird needs both wings for good effective flight otherwise it falls out of the sky. Well it is no different with missions. Wing one is all about empowering local churches through training teaching, disciple-ing and church planting, or spreading the gospel in word. It can also be seen as meeting spiritual needs. Wing two is all about empowering local communities by social and economic development, poverty alleviation and health care, or gospel in action. This can be seen as meeting physical needs. Both go hand in hand, and both are vital for a faithful outworking of the gospel. Faith without deeds is dead! James said that.
In addition to the two wings approach to mission the other major thing happening in Empower is its growth. There are now a number of associates as well as a number a people partnered with Empower. Each new person broadens the reach of Empower and each person has their own gifts, talents, passion and dreams that fit somewhere within the two wing model of Empowers missions. All this creates a much broader and holistic reach of Empower mission. All exciting stuff!
Does this not make sense? Is this Biblical? We believe so. The Bible is full of both wings, meeting spiritual needs, meeting physical needs. Jesus throughout his ministry shows a focus on both the physical needs of those he met as well and their spiritual needs. The feeding of the five thousand is a prime example. First he meets a physical need (physical bread), with a huge miracle I might add and then the following day he talks to them about their spiritual need (Bread of Life).That’s in John 6. Can’t get a better example than Jesus!
All this to say, we are incredibly excited in Empower mission. God is really moving adding more people, more gifts, talents, passions. Working on top of a solid foundation of church planting and then adding poverty alleviation, development and healthcare results in an incredibly exciting future. Who knows where God is taking this but it’s exciting! This will broaden Empowers reach. It will rightly focus on holistic salvation and restoration. It will make the future very exciting. It is a privilege to be a part of and we know it will be an incredible adventure. So … will you join us?
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