Vision Statement

What we see or want to see in the future; God’s preferred future picture of the ministry’s impact.

Our vision is to see an unstoppable force of compassionate and culturally-authentic Christ communities multiplying in neighborhoods, across our country and around the world.

Mission Statement

What we do to see the vision become a reality. Decision grid.

Our mission is to build healthy and empowering networks of reproducing churches and ministries that reach and disciple people for Christ.

Core Values

Key foundational beliefs/principles

  • Gospel Reconciliation: We believe the Good News of Jesus Christ changes everything, transforming our relationships with both God and others. Therefore we minister holistically, extending His forgiveness, healing, restoration and justice to individuals, communities and systems. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Colossians 1:20-22)
  • Multiethnic Focus: We believe God is at work in all cultures, and each one brings unique perspectives and strengths to the body of Christ. Therefore we value the hard work of dismantling barriers that keep people apart and are committed to inviting people from all cultures into community and leadership. (Galatians 3:27-28; Ephesians 2:13-19)
  • Contextually-Rooted Ministry: We believe our leaders should have the freedom to implement our shared mission in ways that are appropriate to their context and culture. They see opportunities, have strategic contacts, and impact the surrounding culture in a way that outsiders cannot. (Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 4:10)
  • Servant Leadership: We believe the role of our leaders is to ensure the flourishing of those around them. We value leaders who sacrifice their own ambition, demonstrate humility, model integrity, and seek healthy collaboration. (Matthew 20:25-28; John 13:12-17)

Beliefs

From our beginnings as a mission ministry launched in 1948, we have affirmed the historic beliefs of orthodox Christianity as held by Christians throughout the centuries. While many things have changed over the years, our commitment to these core doctrines has not.

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We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, that it is divinely and uniquely inspired, absolutely trustworthy and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

We believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He is merciful toward sinful people, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sin of the world by His death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His high priestly intercession for His people and His personal, visible return to the world according to His promise.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ.

We believe that all are sinners by nature and by choice, but that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as their Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God’s presence and those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God.

We believe in the Church — a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, buried with Him in baptism and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that to these visible churches were committed for observance “until He comes,” the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper; and that God has laid upon these churches the task of persuading a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and to enthrone Him as Lord and Master. We believe that righteous living, good works and proper social concern are essential products of the Gospel.

We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith.

We believe that each church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that, therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other.

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History

On May 22, 1948, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Missions Door was birthed for the purpose of preaching the Gospel and planting churches across the United States and the North American continent.

Much has changed in our world since then, but the need for forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ is greater than ever.

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Established by mission-minded Christians who called themselves Conservative Baptists, the new Mission adopted the name of the Conservative Baptist Home Mission Society. Headquarters were established in the Chicago area.

The first missionaries — Robert and Winifred Johnson — were appointed on October 7, 1948, for ministry in Alaska. Early ministries were also launched among Jewish people, Native Americans, Chinese and Hispanics in the United States.

Soon missionaries were sent to Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica and French Canada. U.S. ministries were developed to focus upon suburban and rural church planting, ministry among Mormons in Utah, urban ministry in major cities across the country, and campus ministry among students at secular colleges and universities. Later campus ministry expanded to internationals, effectively reaching students from around the world, many from nations where missionaries are restricted.

The name of the Mission was changed to Mission to the Americas in 1994. By this time ministry had been launched in Belize, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. In the 1990s the Mission began to facilitate partnership connections between U.S. churches and sister churches in Latin America and Cambodia. In 1996 ministry was initiated in El Salvador and Nicaragua and, soon after, in Haiti.

In addition to expansion, the missionary family began to grow significantly in ethnic diversity, with more than 30 percent non-Anglo missionaries by the year 2000. African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans were added to the missionary family. Immigrants from Brazil, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Liberia and the Philippines were appointed as missionaries to reach immigrant communities in the U.S. In our international ministries outside of the U.S., God raised up missionaries who were Belizeans, Dominicans, Haitians, Hondurans, Guatemalans, Mexicans and Quebecois. The Mission had become international, not just in its ministry focus but in the composition of its missionary family!

The Mission relocated in 2001 to the inner city neighborhood of Five Points in Denver, Colorado and changed its name in 2007 to become Missions Door. The new name was chosen to reflect ministry among immigrants in the U.S. that resulted in the development of ministry back to home countries in Asia and Africa — from there to here and back! Plus, ministries were developing beyond North America in Cambodia, China, Kenya, and Liberia.

Now in our seventh decade of ministry, Missions Door remains committed to the task of assisting local churches and Christ followers in their efforts to evangelize, disciple, train leaders, and plant churches among the unreached of our world.

Much has changed in our world since 1948, but the need for forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ is greater than ever. Missions Door is connecting people with opportunities to make a difference in our world for Christ and His Kingdom. We invite you to come with us!

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