Ask and I Will Give You the Nations
I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make...
The central mission of Sheboygan eFree and every follower of Christ is to spread the message that Jesus saves. Our goal is to bring the good news of the Gospel to both our local community and the world at large, and we invite every member of our church family to join us in this effort.
We use two primary means to add missionaries to our family. First, by God's grace, we develop mature believers from within our church family, disciple them, encourage them, and send them to the missions field. Second, our Missions Team sometimes recruits missionaries, usually through our EFCA ReachGlobal partnership.
We are thankful and eager to send believers to the missions field. By doing so, we are fulfilling Jesus' command to go forth and make disciples of all nations.
In order to go about fulfilling Jesus' command, our church leadership has developed a functional approach. Our missions activities are organized into four primary stages of ministry:
God has called us, His people, to make disciples throughout the world, baptize them, and teach them all the things Jesus taught us. It is our delight to send called and prepared servants to the nations. We are thankful to God that this heart to send and willingness to obey is a value that has been present at the Sheboygan eFree Church from the beginning.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 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 Sheboygan eFree Church is committed to joyfully sending called and prepared servants to the nations to plant churches in the name of Jesus Christ. We have 17 faithful couples and individuals in strategic places scattered throughout the world, including "creative access" countries (places where political restrictions and other obstacles prevent the open proclamation of the gospel). We are seeing rich fellowship and committed believers stepping out in faith to attend services.
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Romans 10:14
Once a church is planted, the next step is to train and develop leaders within those new churches, and then hand off leadership to local, indigenous elders and deacons as soon as it is feasible.
23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
When the church is handed off to local leadership, they multiply disciples by sharing the gospel and teaching people to obey everything Jesus commanded.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2
Because we have so many missionaries in dangerous places and our list of missionaries would be incomplete without those names, we do not list the names of our mission family online. On the map below, we have indicated the general areas our current supported missionaries are serving. If you would like more information, we regularly publish a complete prayer guide (available in the church office).
During our annual missions conference we highlight and celebrate the work God is doing through missions.
The multi-day conference features missionary speakers who share with our church family about the work being done in the United States and worldwide. Our 2023 Missions Conference was held on March 10-12, 2023.