Go To Make Him Known
And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the Ends of the Earth (Acts 1:8).
Blessing the Nations Wherever We Are
There are four spheres of potential influence for individuals to engage missionally. It is our hope we bless the nations wherever we are and this often takes shape in a number of ways. It could occur through being “sent,” going on a short-term trip or volunteering here in our local context. Click here for detailed information on our Mission Trips. The details below provide more information on how you can be involved.
Maybe you can’t “go” on a trip or be “sent” long-term but have a heart for the world. We believe a vital part of our commitment to making disciples of all nations is by being intentional to reach those who live in our own city. There are 67 unreached people groups in America and many live in Arlington. This is perhaps one of the most “missional” things you can do through our church and there are a number of opportunities you can consider. For details on local opportunities visit www.fbca.org/jerusalem
One of the most effective ways to engage our state is through our Baptist partnerships. Specifically, we engage through many opportunities and the financial support of Texas Baptists. While we send short-term teams to the border (see trip opportunities) we also want to engage through these partnerships to ensure we are taking the gospel to those in our own state.
Samaria (North America)
There are more than 67 unreached people groups throughout the US and we must remain committed to reaching these groups and the millions of lost people that join them. We send many teams to New York and Mexico but are constantly seeking more ways to engage those within our own immediate region to ensure the gospel is being carried to all people.
Ends of the Earth (being sent)
We are a sending church. FBCA is committed to sending it’s own Cross-Cultural workers anywhere in the world. We are prepared to equip, send and support those that feel called to live overseas. This is a thorough process but one we believe is fundamental to kingdom work. Our church’s core region of focus is West Africa but we are praying for two more to be identified in the next five years. Read more about how you could pursue such a calling and our core regions of focus by visiting www.fbca.org/endsoftheearth. There are three main ways in which we support those being sent from our church body:
Partner Church: This relationship is attributed to any worker that is affiliated or connected to FBCA but is not a member nor are they commissioned by our church body. That said, they are integral to our work in various parts of the world and are affiliated to our church in some personal way. this may apply to those sent with other agencies with whom we partner. We also tend to welcome them when they are on stateside assignment but there is not a direct connection to strategy and implementation.
Home Church: This relationship applies to any individual that is a member of FBCA and wants to serve overseas in some capacity. In this relationship, the church doe not play a role in supervision or financial support as those needs are often met by other means. Nonetheless, we want to remain a critical identity of support through advocacy and prayer. These individuals main connection would be through core prayer/advocacy groups here at our church.
Sending Church: This relationship is attributed to any candidate that completes the commissioning process outlined by the Direct Mission Sending Council and is a member of FBCA. This may result in various levels of funding that range from core region, core region development or project funding but in all scenarios, FBCA is considered the sending church. This relationship is defined by missiological, strategic and spiritual supervision by the DMSC and advocacy from the larger church body.