by Brian Dusek — August 20, 2013
In Acts 1:8 Jesus gives an undeniable and inescapable mandate for all believers to be on mission in their city, their state and country, and all over the world. I would like to clarify that when I say missions or missional, I am referring to churches and believers intentionally proclaiming—with anyone they come in contact with, wherever they find themselves—the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and testifying to the transformational work God has done in their lives.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 – NIV
With that in mind, I would like to ask a question and you can take comfort in knowing this is not a test and there is not one correct answer.
How is your church living out Jesus’ command to be his witness in your city?
As you think through your church’s current missions efforts in your city, I would like you to consider engaging a mission field that often goes overlooked: schools. Within school walls are numerous opportunities for your church to bear witness to Christ’s love, generosity, and life-changing power through both word and deed.
Those opportunities are typically manifested in various kinds of problems or needs the schools or their students are facing. One common problem for schools all across Texas is budget cuts that have reduced classroom resources, as well as resources for schools to make repairs and updates to their facilities. Concurrently, many families are going through their own financial struggles and cannot always afford basic school supplies for their kids.
Even if a school is blessed to not have any financial or material needs, there are cultural and social issues like bullying, substance abuse, and depression and suicide that affect schools regardless of the size of their budget.
To be honest, the type of problems your local school is facing is not what is most important. What is most important is that your church is addressing those needs or problems. I understand the temptation to dismiss these issues as symptoms of larger problems within state and local governments, but we must not allow ourselves that exemption.
There is no doubt in my mind that if you engage the mission field present in your local schools, you will not only bless the lives of students, their families, and the faculty, but also see change among the community as well. Your next great mission opportunity may not be across the world, it may be across the street.
By Brian Dusek, Missions Mobilization Team Ministry Assistant. The Missions Mobilization Team exists to connect, train and mobilize Texas Baptist churches to become HOPE 1:8 churches.
As the 2013-14 school year is starting, are you looking for a place to connect with students? You can find mission opportunities to work with students by contacting a school close to your church or through Be On Mission. You can search by Category types Education, Community Outreach/Development, Inner City Ministry, Youth Ministry or College Ministry. You may also toggle between Open, Ongoing and Completed projects on the map by using the color pins above the search tool.
Be On Mission is an online global missions locator that allows users to Search, Submit, and Share about mission opportunities around the world. To learn more about Be On Mission, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.