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Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

We believe in the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, as God’s infallible Word, totally and divinely inspired, free from all errors in its original texts and as the sublime authority in matters of faith and conduct. II Tim. 3:16-17; John 10:35; Romans 15:4.

We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit through all eternity. Eph. 4:4-6; Mark 12:29-30; I Cor. 8:6.

We believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, God manifested in the flesh, born of a virgin; in His humanity free from sin, in His divine miracles, in His atoning and redemptive death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, in His work as mediator, and in His personal return in power and glory to establish His eternal Kingdom. I Tim. 2:5; Matt. 1:30-35; John 1:14; Phil. 2:5-11; II Cor. 5:20-21; Mark 13:26-27.

We believe that all men are sinners, lost and in need of salvation. Salvation is not by works but by repentance and believing in the redemptive work of the blood of Jesus Christ followed by obedience in baptism by immersion. The believers must remain faithful to the teachings of the New Testament. I Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 3:23-24; Eph. 2:8-9; Mark 16:16-17; Rom. 6:3-4.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who, dwelling in us, gives us the power to serve Jesus Christ, be His witness and live a holy life. Rom 6:12-13; John 14:26; John 16:13.

We believe it is important to remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ by actively participating in Communion (the Lord’s Supper). Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.

We believe in the true unity of all born-again believers, forming the universal Church, the body of Christ. John 17:20-22; Eph. 4:1-6; Eph. 1:22-23.

We believe in the resurrection of all people. Those who are saved will rise to eternal life with Christ. Those who are lost to eternal judgment without Christ. Acts 17:31; Rev. 20:12-13.

Values

ACM International’s member values are framed by the Great Commandment (Mt. 22:34-40) and the Great Commission (Mt. 28:16-20):

  1. A vibrant and growinglove relationship with our God. We believe that everything we are and everything we do flows from this relationship.
  1. A deep love for the lost and poor in this world. We believe that poverty is best defined as broken relationships, first with God, then family, community, the world and the environment.
  1. Life transformation. Relationship restoration is our mission, realized only through a complete change in allegiance, from following the lies of Satan to following the only true King – Jesus. Being and making disciples – life transformation – is how we define effectiveness.
  1. Calling. Ultimately we believe it is God who calls every ACMI member personallyto join Him in what He is doing in the most broken places in this worldWe also believe that God calls us corporately as we seek His leading in community as ACMI.
  1. Authentic community.We value authentic community in ACMI as a whole, in our teams, in our families, in the Church and in the world. ACMI members are committed to encourage, to support, to serve, to collaborate with and to be accountable for all areas of life and ministry to one another.
  1. Creativity.We believe each member should experience maximum freedom to live out their calling with creativity and innovation, in sync with their team and within the broad goals and boundaries that define ACMI.
  1. Sustainability. We value sustainability in everything we do, which we believe is achieved ultimately through the empowered local Church – communities of disciples everywhere we work that are sold out to our King.

 

The Great Commandment (Mt. 22:34-40)

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The Great Commission (Mt. 28:16-20)

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Mission

mission

 

Definition

The mission statement gives us our daily marching orders. Faithfulness in this foundational (or essential, or basic) task will transform vision into reality.

 

Accept Christ’s Call!

We believe God has specifically prepared men and women to join this alliance. Our Lord has called some to go and He has called some to support to those who go! Both are callings. Both are essential to the success of every mission. The call is important as we begin each partnership and it is vital throughout our ministry together. ACM International relies heavily, daily, on the direct intervention of the Spirit of God in each individual life. It is our continuous challenge to “Accept Christ’s Call” day by day… Make that minute by minute!

Cultivate Relationships!

Each mission we accept is ultimately about people! As we enter a foreign culture, our first and constant priority will be to cultivate meaningful relationships with our new neighbors. This high value has far reaching implications on the mindset with which we approach and interact with those whom we pray will become our new friends. It influences our commitment to language/cultural learning, our respect for different values and our firm belief that God will lead us to those in whom the Spirit of God has already been working. Those whose names He wishes to write upon our hearts!

Make Disciples!

We are commanded to make disciples! (Matt 28:19) Planting seeds liberally, sharing the good news about Jesus in the soil of our relationships, is our mission –our common passion. A disciple is one who holds fast to an ongoing commitment to follow our King - Jesus. Churches, full of disciples, serve the sick and the poor - have a passion for social justice; they know how to give; are bold in their stand for truth and they, too, are committed to the task of making new disciples.

Influence the World!

Disciples of Jesus, and the churches they fill, directly challenge evil and the sin that destroys life within their sphere of influence. The power of Christ’s Kingdom, at work through those who lay everything on the altar before Him, is, quite literally, the only hope for the radical transformation desperately needed in this world.

Vision

 

vision

 

Definition

At ACMI we use a vision statement to paint a word-pictureof what we believe God ultimately wants our work to produce on Earth; the end result of His work through us in communities across the world.

Teams of Jesus disciples

Our teams are made of men and women who are passionate about following our King – Jesus – with everything that we are. We are collectively focused on Jesus’ mission of reconciliation in this world – making other disciples! Our calling has expression both personally and collectively as we discover that God is calling us to walk and work alongside other Jesus disciples.

Forming Kingdom churches

We see vibrant churches, worshipping the triune God, forming everywhere He leads us. These local Kingdom communities, culturally appropriate and God empowered, provide a sustainable foundation for God’s mission of reconciliation. As we journey alongside these churches – God’s chosen vehicle of blessing for the nations – we, they, and the communities of which we are a part, will be transformed.

 

Building global Community

Jesus taught us to pray, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus’ vision is our vision. Everything we do will build His Kingdom – a Kingdom that has no walls and no boundaries. The disciples that are made, the churches that are formed, and the communities that are transformed, will multiply into the farthest corners of the earth.

Crowl's Retirement

Howard, June and Chris Crowl are officially retiring after 66 years of missionary ministry.  Read all the details here!