What does it mean to be a Commission Church?
Commission is an international family of churches working together to make disciples, reach the nations and transform communities. Led by Guy Miller and his team, Commission has churches in the UK, India, Spain, Portugal and other nations.
Our churches actively work together and support each other in seeing the Kingdom advance through:
- Going to the nations and reaching the unreached
- Starting new churches and caring for existing churches
- Raising and training leaders
- Social action and community development
At the recent Commission Prayer gathering in Bournemouth, Guy shared with us his 20:20 vision for our family of churches. This vision is expressed by the following statement:
To see thousands of lives transformed, through hundreds of churches, in tens of nations.
Many people find it helpful to understand what this means by setting targets. The overall target for Commission is to double by the year 2020. To double 50 UK churches to 100, to double 50 Indian churches to 100, to double the number of countries that Commission is working into. To see 1,000 people baptised across the UK churches.
What does this mean for us?
- It means prayerfully being ambitious to play our part.
- It means connecting with other Commission churches and partnering with them in reaching these goals. One current example is the way the ylife team have connected with Harvest Church Alton to go to Newday together. Of course Westpoint is the flagship event for Commission churches to gather together. It is not simply about getting away for a long weekend of fun, worship and teaching, but it is a tangible way of expressing our connectedness to the bigger picture. It is not too late for you to book in and attend this event – all the details are on our church website.
- It means praying for and expecting growth in our own church. What would it take for us to double in size over the next four and a half years? Do you dare dream that this will happen? Perhaps you find that hard to imagine but remember our God is the one ‘who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us’.
This blog post featured in the July/August 2016 edition of Lifelines