Our mission is to serve and equip people groups for the sake of peoples unreached with the gospel.
This is our posture or attitude and describes our partnering role with national churches and missionaries. This emphasizes the fact that each missionary and national leader must lead the way as far as ministry on their field is concerned and that we will endeavor to serve the vision God has placed in their hearts. This emphasizes a non-paternalistic, humble, indigenous approach to missions.
This speaks to our primary service to the national church—placing spiritual and practical tools into their hands and training them in the effective use of those tools. By this we will multiply Christian workers who will multiply churches.
This speaks of our concern for all of Christ’s spiritual Body (John 13).
People groups (groups with same cultures and languages), rather than politically defined nations. “…teach all people groups” seems to be the proper interpretation of the Great Commission. There are less than 200 politically defined “nations” in the world, but 3,000 people groups still unreached.
For the sake of people groups yet unreached
This emphasizes the fact that our commitment to national church strengthening is not an end but a means to reaching others, until the whole world hears. This understanding is important if we are going to be united in purpose and if we are going to challenge this generation to go where the gospel has not been preached.
- We will cultivate like-minded partnerships with persons and institutions when it is strategic to our mission, including Shepherd’s Global Classroom.
- We will focus on biblical discipleship and theological/Christian leadership training.
- We will nurture national workers by responding to their crisis needs, sharing with their families and bearing their burdens in ways which will cultivate relationship but not create dependency.
- We will aid the national church in church planting by promoting pioneer pastor’s support and church construction projects.
- We will pray fervently for Christian workers, both national and missionaries.
- We will challenge young people in the United States toward a “missional” lifestyle.
- We will proactively plan for growth and for reaching unreached peoples.
- We will sacrificially send out Christian missionaries both to the reached and to the unreached.
Rev. Tim Keep
Rev. Timothy Keep graduated from Hobe Sound Bible College (FL) with a BA in Intercultural Studies in 1993 and from Wesleyan Graduate School (Philippines) with an MA in Pastoral Theology in 2005. He was ordained by the Bible Methodist Church in 1995. Tim and his wife, Rebecca, pastored for 5 years in the USA and served for 13 years as missionaries to the Philippine Islands with the Bible Methodist Church. Much of his ministry in the Philippines involved training and equipping pastors and spiritual leaders as well as helping advance the gospel through the promotion of church planting. From 2009-2010 he taught in the Intercultural Department at God’s Bible School and College.
Tim has served as the General Missions Director for the Bible Methodist Church since 2010. He is also the founder and President of Shepherd’s Global Classroom. He has co-authored two books with his wife, Eyes to See: Glimpses of God in the Dark and It’s All About Obedience.
Tim and Becky have been married for 29 years. They have 5 children and 2 grandchildren.
Left to Right: Stephen Snodgrass, Deron Fourman, Chris Cravens, Mike Avery, John Parker, Doug Eades, G. Clair Sams, John Manley, Darrell Stetler II, Tim Keep, Blake Jones, Chelle Durr.
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