In response to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, World Witness, the Board of Foreign Missions of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church is the agency of the ARP General Synod to which has been entrusted the administration of the international missions program of the ARP Church, primarily outside the United States and Canada.
Our purpose is to plant healthy, reproducing God-glorifying churches, which are winsomely Reformed in doctrine and Presbyterian in structure, in defined communities across geographic and cultural boundaries.
World Witness realizes this purpose by sending and supporting missionaries and by mobilizing ARP churches to do so. Our missionaries proclaim Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Lord through evangelism, discipleship, church planting, Christian education and works of compassion.
“In response to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ” – Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28:16 – 20 summarizes the basic task of World Witness. It provides the theology, motivation, structure and method for missions.
“the agency of the ARP General Synod to which has been entrusted the administration of the international missions program of the ARP Church” – World Witness works under the supervision of the ARP General Synod on a worldwide scale to harvest those who have been purchased with Christ’s blood from every tribe, language, people and nation. (Rev 5:9)
“primarily outside the United States and Canada” – In addition to its primary focus on overseas ministry, World Witness supports the church planting ministry of the ARP General Synod among those communities that have not yet been fully integrated into US culture and society.
“Our purpose is to plant healthy, reproducing God-glorifying churches” – We focus on gathering believers into local churches that take increasing responsibility for finances, government, growth, ministry and outreach under Christ, the Head of the Church, and which can thrive independently from the missionaries at as early a stage of development as possible.
“which are winsomely Reformed in doctrine” – We encourage the adoption of the Westminster Confession of Faith (or an equivalent Reformed confession) as the doctrinal standard of churches which we plant with the caveat that those who know and teach the doctrines of grace must be the most active in demonstrating this grace in their attitudes and actions towards others.
“Presbyterian in structure” – We are committed to the training of men for the biblically-mandated leadership offices of pastor, elder and deacon. We are also committed to organizing new church plants into presbyteries and synods which are united in their commitment to Christ and other like-minded Reformed denominations and churches.
“World Witness realizes this purpose by sending and supporting missionaries and by mobilizing ARP churches to do so” – All Church members are called to be active “witnesses” whether locally or overseas. World Witness focuses on the cross-cultural aspect of biblical witnessing.
“Our missionaries proclaim Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Lord” –Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation with absolute claims upon the lives of His people. (John 3:16 – 18, Acts 4:12)
“through evangelism” – We present the person and work of Jesus Christ to the end that people respond with repentance and faith (Acts 20:21).
“discipleship” – Through the power of the Holy Spirit believers are equipped to deny self, to daily take up their cross, to follow Jesus, and to serve and advance His Church. (Luke 9:23 – 25; John 15:7 – 17; Gal 5:22 – 25; 2 Tim 3:16, 17; Heb 5:14; 1 Pet 2:2)
“church planting” – Biblical evangelism leads to the gathering of believers into local churches which reflect Scriptural characteristics within people’s specific linguistic and cultural context. (Acts 2:42; 15:19, 28, 29; 1 Cor 12:27)
“Christian education” – Training on all educational levels, to the end that competent national leaders can shepherd the church. (2 Tim 3:16, 17)
“works of compassion” – Ministries of mercy done in the name of Jesus Christ with the purpose that people might know Him as Savior and Lord. Such ministries are not ends in themselves but serve as channels of Christ’s love to that particular people.