“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. THEREFORE GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Our expectations of you while you serve within our ministry can be summed up in the Four F’s: Flexibility, Faith, Focus, and Friendship.
Please read about these expectations as part of your ministry preparation.
What you do while you are in Buenos Aires depends on the individual mission your team is assigned. The Mega-City team will facilitate a relationship between your church and an Argentine church to develop a strategy for evangelism and church-planting.
Your Argentine partners will take the lead in determining what type of ministry and outreach will best employ your team’s gifts to reach the target populations of each ministry. They will also be in charge of the follow-up and discipleship when you return to the States and before your next team comes.
It is important to remain respectful, and remember that you are there to join an ongoing effort, and not to take control of one.
Our ministry is also distinctively Southern Baptists. Your ministry partners may not all hold to the Baptist Faith and Message, but they will expect your church to work within the boundaries of it.
Please make sure that your team members understand this before their arrival. We also ask that you refrain from using this trip as an evangelistic opportunity by bringing unbelievers on your team. We would prefer that all team members be baptized believers so that they can serve as examples to those they lead to the Lord in Buenos Aires.
Some partnerships may be working in exclusive, upper-class neighborhoods. Ministry in this context may require suits and high heels as you present business workshops and speak with people who are highly educated and successful in the corporate world.
Other partnerships may be focused on the homeless or those living and working in the streets. These partnerships may spend a lot of time working with people who are not only trying to provide for the persons spiritual need, but also for the person’s physical needs.
But, it is important to remember that whatever you are doing, the focus remains on evangelism and church planting.
While there will be times when construction and more holistic ministries are the main task of the group, even these partnerships should be aimed at these two focal points.
Buenos Aires needs more Evangelical churches. The city needs to see followers of Jesus living out the Gospel and opening their mouths to verbalize it. We believe the local church is the key to making disciples and to proclaiming Christ in Buenos Aires. With the help of your church and others like you, we hope to establish multiple churches that will serve as lighthouses for the Gospel among the least reached people groups and people group segments of the city.
We do not expect everyone to stand on street corners and share the Gospel, but we want to facilitate activities that give you an opportunity to do what God has gifted you to do and to share how God has changed your life and can do the same for others.
Our prayer is that you form a strong relationship with your Argentine partner. We hope that you pray for one another, communicate via email and Skype, respect one another, build a relationship that will last for years, and be used by God, together, to see many people come to know Him and many churches planted. However, we do ask that you refrain from any type of financial assistance without consulting the Mega-City team missionaries. Our goal is to assist and serve without creating dependence.
Many of your friends from Argentina will likely try to add you on social media sites. It is important to remember that as a missionary partner, your actions represent our faith. If you maintain contact with any of your Argentine partners or friends on social media, please guard what you put out into the online world and what you are tagged in very carefully.