Assisting local churches and Christ-followers to evangelize, disciple and plant churches among the unreached of our world

Mission

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  • Following Jesus Christ
  • Working together as culturally-diverse people
  • Generating faith communities
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Following Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is central to all we’re about.

  • He is our Lord, our Master and Supreme Commander.
  • He is our Savior, the only one who grants forgiveness and a new beginning for life.
  • He is our Guide, the one whose example and teaching we follow.
  • He is our Companion and the one whose presence empowers us for service.

In all that we do, we seek to follow Jesus Christ and invite others to do so as well.

Working together as culturally diverse people

Following Jesus Christ and making Him known is the job of every Christian and every church.

But no single person, church or ministry can go it alone and be effective. We believe the work of Christ’s Kingdom requires teamwork — people, churches and ministries working together.

Because our world is populated with people from diverse backgrounds, and because Jesus is calling people from every language, race, economic group and culture to Himself, we enthusiastically work together as a multicultural missionary family.

Generating faith communities

The goal of missions is to bring new followers to Jesus who join together in communities of faith.

We believe every believer needs to be a part of a local fellowship of Christians who are learning and serving together in obedience to Jesus Christ.

In addition, we are committed to launching new faith communities that will proclaim and demonstrate the Good News of Jesus Christ to the unreached people around them.

Values

Our values guide the way we approach the fulfillment of our ministry and also provide a framework for inviting others to partner with us in ministry.

Together, we can …

  • Demonstrate our love for Jesus Christ through servant leadership
  • Experience cultural, racial, gender and economic diversity
  • Develop relevant ministries that are vision and opportunity driven
  • Minister among the poor, the culturally diverse, the next generation and all unreached people
  • Impact our world for Christ and His Kingdom
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Demonstrate our love for Jesus Christ through servant leadership

Our love for Jesus should be shown in action. Our commitment to being like Christ extends to His model of leadership through servant-hood. We value ministry that goes beyond words to deeds. We value leaders who see themselves as servants of Jesus Christ and of those they lead.

Experience cultural, racial, gender and economic diversity

The Good News of new life, forgiveness and restored relationships in Jesus Christ is for all people. The barriers and prejudices that separate people are broken down in Christ. We value the practical experience of unity in the midst of diversity as witness to the power of the Gospel and a divine vehicle for personal growth.

Develop relevant ministries that are vision and opportunity driven

Effective ministries that God blesses are ministries that relevantly relate to the cultural context in which they find themselves. Desiring God’s leadership in all of life and ministry requires sensitivity to His Holy Spirit who gives vision and creates opportunities. We value culturally relevant ministries that spring from vision to embrace God-given opportunities.

Minister among the poor, the culturally diverse, the next generation and all unreached people

Jesus came preaching the Good News to the poor, prisoners, the blind and the oppressed. He came to seek and save the lost, to bring rest to the weary, to invite society’s outcasts to find a place at the table of God’s Kingdom. We value seeking the lost wherever they may be found, including a clear commitment to developing ministry among the poor, the culturally diverse and the next generation.

Impact our world for Christ and His Kingdom

The model of Jesus and His mandate to His followers to “make disciples of all the nations” give us clear direction. Life is about much more than making a living, raising a family, having fun and preparing for retirement. God calls us to live lives that make a difference, to impact our world for Christ and His Kingdom. We value God’s invitation to join Him in His mission in our world.

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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Annual Report: Annual Report 2017