What We Believe
Distinctives and Values
To see all God’s people living a life on mission with God.
To provide mobilization courses, teaching and training in order to:
- mobilize all God’s people to live a life on mission with God
- encourage the development of missional churches in today’s world
- empower mobilizers to function effectively in their God-given ministry
Level One Mobilization
This expression of mobilization is concerned with the development of a truly Biblical worldview that sees every believer living a life on mission with God and all local churches being missional, facilitating God’s people into a 24/7 missional lifestyle.
SM is a global movement seeking to serve the level-one mobilization needs of the entire Body of Christ, while at the same time respecting our historic roots by having a strong majority world voice within our movement.
The Indigenous/National Church
We seek to assist in the mobilization of the Church in all countries and in every people group. For mobilization to be successful, we are committed to the importance of indigenous and national leadership.
The Body of Christ
The SM movement belongs to the whole Church worldwide, and to all expressions of the Body of Christ, irrespective of denomination or affiliation.
Building, Beyond Blessing
SM has a long-term vision of building a global mobilization movement. Building through strategic teams, well designed structures, and effective trainings that undergird all our courses and programs, are essential to a fruitful and sustainable movement.
We value doing things God’s way as revealed in the scriptures, submitting to Christ, the Head of the Church, valuing people and seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit in all that we do.
Integrity and Transparency
We highly value the Biblical mandate of integrity in all areas of life and transparency in all our dealings. We endeavor at all times to maintain a good reputation and testimony with those within our movement, within the Body of Christ, and with the secular authorities in all countries where we work.
Training and Mentoring
We value a lifelong attitude of learning, of training and being trained, of mentoring and being mentored, of coaching and being coached. This helps us to function effectively and excellently in all that we are called to be and gifted to do.
We value the growth potential and the general well-being that teams and teamwork brings to the SM movement. We value teamwork, not just as a good idea, but as the Biblical way of engaging in kingdom work.
We value collaboration, in areas of mobilization, with other expressions of the Body of Christ that are of mutual interest and benefit, and that is helpful to the outworking of the mission of the Church.
Flexibility and Creativity
We value the grace to change and to adapt in accordance to the times in which we live and the cultures in which we minister, in order for our ministry to continue as a viable ‘movement’ at all times and in all contexts.
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and infallible Word of God. That there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all in one Being.
We believe in the diety of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His atoning death on the Cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His Lordship over His Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe in the salvation of sinful people by God’s grace and through the believer’s faith.
We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the hearts and lives of believers, in order to lead holy and obedient lives and to engage fruitfully in the ministry of reconciliation.
We believe in the unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, for the well-being of His body – the Church – our witness to the world and for His glory.
We believe that Christ commanded the Church to go into all the world and make disciples of all peoples; baptizing and teaching those who believe to obey all that Christ commanded.
We affirm the Lausanne Covenant of 1974.