Purpose Statement of the Missionary Church
The Missionary Church, in obedience to Jesus Christ her Lord, is committed to being a holy people of God in the world and to building His Church by worldwide evangelism, discipleship and multiplication of growing churches, all to the glory of God.
The Missionary Church is a group of over 206,000 people in more than 1,800 congregations in 35 countries around the world. There are over 400 congregations in the United States, and new Missionary Churches are currently being started at the average rate of one church per week in the United States.
The Missionary Church came into existence as a result of the spiritual revivals that swept across North America in the late 19th century. Today the Missionary Church continues its passion to see men and women, boys and girls, come to know the love, forgiveness, and fullness of life available through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Formally, the Missionary Church is an evangelical denomination committed to church planting and world missions. With our national headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Missionary Church works hand in hand with many other churches and organizations to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ found in Matthew 28:18-20.
The Missionary Church is known for its commitment to the Bible and to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We maintain a balance in teaching that gives purpose to life and hope for the future.
Statement of Faith
Scripture is our authority. The Missionary Church is committed to this basic statement of faith.
GOD: There is but one eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere-present Triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; 1 Timothy 2:5).
JESUS CHRIST: He is God Incarnate, yet human. He lived a sinless life, died to make atonement for the sins of all mankind, was bodily resurrected and is now Mediator at the right hand of the Father. He is assuredly coming in power and glory for His believing followers, and is the only Savior of men (John 1:1,14; Titus 2:11-14).
HOLY SPIRIT: He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, regenerating all who repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. He sanctifies, empowers, teaches, guides, and comforts the believers (John 16:7,8,12-15).
BIBLE: We believe the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and thus authoritative in all matters it addresses (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21).
SALVATION: Salvation is the result of genuine repentance of sin and faith in the atoning work of Christ. It brings forgiveness to the penitent, making him a partaker of the divine nature of God and gives peace with God. We call this new birth (Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
CHURCH: We believe in the invisible and universal Church as an organism. It is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus who have been vitally united by faith to Christ, its living Head and sovereign Lord (Matthew 16:18; Hebrews 12:22-24).
ORDINANCES: We believe the Christian ordinances are two, baptism and the Lord's supper. We believe they are outward rites appointed by Christ to be administered in each Church, not as a means of salvation, but as a visible sign and seal of its reality (Acts 2:46; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34).