The Mathetes Trust is available to lead parish missions, normally for a single church, but if asked for a group of churches working together. TMT will send a team to the parish, normally for a week, sometimes for a weekend. The size of the team is decided in discussion with the church.
Our missions have three aims:
First, we aim to make a significant number of converts in a single week. The teams we send are people who are experienced in mission, and well used to making converts. The team will come for a week of reaping what the church through its good works has been sowing for years.
Second, we aim to recruit a significant number of people to take part in an enquiry course (perhaps Alpha, or TMT’s course Beyond Ourselves) which will follow the mission week.
Third, and perhaps most importantly, we aim to greatly increase the confidence of the church regarding evangelism. When we leave, we hope to leave behind a church which believes that with God’s help it can continue to grow and make converts without outside help.
Criteria for going ahead with a mission
We do not always agree to send a mission team. Churches must meet the following criteria:
The church must not be too strong. If your church is already very confident about evangelism, and if the evangelism is ongoing with many converts, then a mission will tend to disrupt this rather than help it.
The church must not be too weak. If there is not much evidence of God being at work in the church community, then we would not want to send a mission team, because there is not enough to build on. Some churches are like this: they are going through the motions of their religion, but there is no testimony to God answering prayer or changing lives. If that is your situation, we would still like to help you – but not by sending a mission team.
The church people must not be too busy. We will only come if the church is able to find ten people (preferably more) who have the time to come to three training sessions, to fully participate in the mission week, and then to follow up the converts to the mission and lead the follow-up course.
Mission Week Activities
There are 4 kinds of activities. All missions include the first two. Some missions include three and four.
Set piece evangelistic preaching – Sundays, special events, healing service, men’s event, ladies’ event, teenager event; any event which your church is confident will attract a crowd.
Home-based meetings to which church members invite friends
Cold call evangelism – some of street evangelism, door knocking, prayer visiting, evangelism explosion, healing on the streets, street pastors, treasure hunting, using a church café or restaurant
The mission week includes events which build on ongoing ministry to specific target groups, eg children, old people, ethnic groups
Steps to be taken in preparation
Roger meets with church leaders to agree on a go ahead, to agree on a timetable and to decide whether the mission week will include three and four above
The church appoints an organising committee for the mission week who will lead on developing a program, organising prayer, publicity, hospitality and finance
Roger and the church leaders meet with the church to ask them to commit to the mission week and the training program, if enough people sign up we go ahead with the mission
Depending on the size of the mission up to 3 training sessions on nonconsecutive Saturdays
The mission week takes place
Follow up by the church team who will have been given training
We will teach principles of evangelism – the Great Commission, the Gospel, the Holy Spirit, the place of healing, the place of testimony
We will teach principles of friendship evangelism (Mathew 5:16) – living with integrity, loving everyone we meet, wise ways to converse with people, use of testimony, using invitations
Principles of targeted evangelism. If your aim is to reach out to children, to the elderly, to teenagers, to business people, or to any target group, then how do you go about it?
Principles of follow up, one to one follow up, the use of enquiry courses.
What do people say about our missions?
“The visit of Roger’s mission team to us was both fruitful and strategic. We could see the need for church members to grow in confidence as witnesses to Christ. By planning a full year ahead it gave us a focus for prayer and faith. Roger is a strongly gifted by the Holy Spirit in enabling ‘ordinary’ Christians come alive with expectation and confidence in their personal witness and it was these powerful and helpful pre-mission training sessions that were strategic for us. By the time Roger’s team arrived we had a motivated core of growing disciples who were eager to fully participate in the mission plans. The team that Roger recruited to be with us for 8 days was a remarkable mixture – some experienced in speaking and evangelism, but a number of more recent converts with raw and powerful stories to share. We held ‘coffee parties’ in church member’s homes, children and family invitation events (eg a Treasure Hunt followed by tea and Roger speaking to children and parents), Sunday invitation services and an Invitation Dinner with Roger as guest speaker. We are thankful to God for the new Christians …some now serving at the heart of our church. Careful and faith-filled planning through Roger’s input made this Mission both fruitful and strategic in advancing God’s work in our lives.” – Revd Stephen Coe, Wallington
“Right from the beginning when the parish was first thinking about holding a mission, Roger was on hand and came to talk to the PCC. His advice and support in planning the events, preparing the church, and ensuring there was a follow-up team in place were really helpful. During the actual mission itself, Roger spoke at a wide range of events from preaching at our largest service to leading small groups in people’s homes, leading a healing service and speaking at our Tea Dance. Roger was working with us before, during and after our mission, and this was greatly appreciated.” – Sister Heather Kemball, Congleton
“Roger provided a fantastic team. The light and love of Christ shone through all of them and they were tremendous to work with. Highlights of the week included the brilliant talk by Gary at the men’s breakfast, the children’s club meeting on the Friday night where the presence of God was very real. The healing meeting witnessed a prophetic word over a couple of people and several experienced healing. One lady who had been completely wheelchair bound received a large measure of healing during the week. She now comes to church every week and walks to the communion rail unaided. Her husband, who had never been a church-goer, comes to church with her every week and loves it. Their lives have been changed. The responses included several who wanted to know more about what it means to be a Christian, several who made a prayer of commitment and some expressed a desire to come back to the faith they once had. The week revealed to us that our own church membership needed to move from being church members to be passionate disciples of Christ who long for others to become disciples of Christ themselves. This experience has led us to develop a discipleship course with this is mind to increase our confidence in the Bible, in our faith, in the transforming power of God and in the gospel” – Revd Ian Smale, Team Rector, Overton
Thinking about a mission?
The Mathetes Trust will often work with our partner mission agency Through Faith Missions, especially when a church opts to include cold call evangelism in their mission week programme.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of receiving a mission team, please contact us.