As I was reading this morning, I came across the following account of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem the week during which He would make atonement for the sins of His people through His death and resurrection. More
This week we ask David Sitton, To Every Tribe’s Founder, what it means to plant “indigenous” churches.
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So what is the desired outcome from all of our philosophies and methods of pioneer church planting? By God’s grace, the goal is to see a Christ-worshiping church that is locally led and supported, studying and interpreting the Scriptures, and seeking to reproduce themselves into second, third, and fourth generation churches in regions far beyond themselves for the glory of Christ alone.
Paul says, “…thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, ‘Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand’” (Romans 15:20-21).
This is what To Every Tribe is about as a ministry: locating, researching, and targeting unreached regions, then preaching Christ, evangelizing, and establishing locally led communities of believers in places where there is no witness for Jesus. This is the heart and soul of To Every Tribe.
In Psalm 46, God declares, “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Holding fast to this truth, we look forward to the day when we will witness what John describes in Revelation 7: “…a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”
Part of that God-glorifying multitude will be the members of churches that were planted by faithful pioneer missionaries in people groups that, at this moment, remain unreached with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
Planting churches, left and right
Planting churches, day and night
Planting churches with all my might
Joe Cannon, Pioneer Missionary