Our world is growing smaller every day. Globalization has taken a firm root into the world's culture. As the Internet brings information to the now globally ubiquitous smart phone, and local economies are dependent on global production; we are seeing some of the most powerful transformations the world has ever known. These transformations are not only found in the arenas of technology and production, but also with religion. Christianity is so global that there is now no single continent or region that can indisputably claim to be the center of global Christianity! All of this change brings unique challenges and unprecedented opportunities.
This puts us in a unique position. We are no longer the "main show" and perhaps we never really were! The main show is where God is working and he is working in unbelievable ways all over the World. The Gospel is moving from everywhere to everywhere. As people who care about the movement of the Gospel, we want to be on the fore-front of what God is doing.
Here at Heritage Church, we have been called to help people find and follow God. The mission for Heritage Church Global Ministries is the same. We aim to help people find and follow God across the globe. Here in Lake County our vision is to build authentic biblical communities in every township of Lake County in Our Lifetime. Globally, we seek partnerships with people who are doing the same.
We believed that ministries led by those who will live and die in their homeland will succeed far better than outsiders. Gospel ministry is far more effective when we trust people in their contexts to be the church!
We are convinced that the Great Commission finds its ultimate fulfillment in church planting. God has a mission and that mission has a church. We want to see God save His people and grow his church around the world. Our missionary partners are doing just that.
We realize that many people will not even be able to hear the Good News if they are sick or hungry. We believe that the best missionary partners are meeting the physical and spiritual needs of people through their local church.
God has built the church as a living, breathing organism. Implicit in this metaphor, is the idea that living things that don't reproduce eventually die off. Our partners excel in reproducing their ministry and in scaling their efforts.
One of the key values we look for in a ministry partner is their ability to communicate with a western audience. We don't expect people to become American, but we do want to have good conversations. These kinds of partnerships provide opportunities for people from Heritage Church to visit these ministries for mutual benefit.
There are many organizations doing social good on this planet, but we believe that the Great Commission is the essential purpose of the church. Our partners live by the same mission and seek to glorify God, and advance Christ Kingdom through the local church.
A self-sustaining ministry does not depend on us for its existence and is scaled to local economies. We want to come alongside ministries that are already doing good work to help multiply their efforts.