Mission is the heartbeat of the church. It is what keeps it alive, moving forward, advancing. When the church forgets why it exists, it ceases to be a movement of God's Gospel in the world and becomes a social club or, even worse, a museum.
The mission of the church comes from Jesus Christ when he said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)
The mission of the church is to go under the authority of Christ into all the world, starting where you are and moving to the ends of the earth, bringing the message of Jesus to all.
At The Well we are about being on the mission of God through the advancement of the gospel in your home, neighborhood, workplace, and world, and in the pursuit of justice for the poor and needy locally and globally. (Micah 6:8; Matt 28:18-20)
Mission in the Home: The mission must begin at home. It should be the first priority of husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers to make the gospel known to their spouse and children. If we neglect the call to reach those in our own homes we have missed the point entirely.
Mission in the Neighborhood: If we want to make a difference in the world, we need to look outside our front door and love the people who live in our neighborhoods. This is certainly a challenge in our culture but it is also an important element of mission.
Mission in the Workplace: The workplace is one of the most strategic opportunities for Christians to be on mission. Those of us who work in secular environments have an opportunity to see many of the same people every day and can use these opportunities to share the Gospel with them through the relationships we build.
Mission in the World: While we should never neglect our local area, we must also never neglect our call as Christians to reach those in far-off lands. As Christians we must support the work of missionaries who are planting churches, translating Scripture, working as tent-makers, etc. As Christians we must also be committed to righting injustice when we are confronted with it. Working diligently to end poverty, hunger, and disease should not be the agenda of social activists but of the church.