WHAT IS METROAMERICA 020?
MetroAmerica 020 is a missionary vision that God has given to the leadership of New Life Baptist Church in San Salvador, El Salvador and Good News In Action. It is a vision based on 3 principles that Paul used during his missionary efforts in the book of Acts.
- Paul targeted receptive areas. When people were unreceptive, he shook the dust off of his feet and moved on. He not only shook the dust off his feet when a city was unreceptive, (Athens), but he also shook the dust off of his feet when a people group was unreceptive.
- Paul not only targeted receptive areas, but also targeted the major cities of his time, such as Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, etc. By starting church planting churches in major cities, he could reach the countries faster. Of course, the goal for the city churches was to reach out to the surrounding towns.
- Paul used teams to reach out. Churches were never started by one person, but by a whole team. The churches that he started were also led by teams with a senior pastor in charge of the team.
Each of the words in the title “METROAMERICA 020” tells you a little about the vision:
AMERICA-Represents countries in Central and South America.
020-Represents the area between the Equator (0 degrees latitude) and the Tropic of Cancer (22.5 degrees latitude). There are over 220 million lost people who live in this area.
METRO-Represents metropolitan areas that are greater than one million. Over 60% of the people in the Metro América 020 area live in these metropolitan areas.
The strategy for MetroAmerica 020 involves 3 levels:
Level 1- The Supply Line
This is the ministerial structure inside the church that establishes communication and is the supply line to the missionaries.
It is responsible for Prayer. Without God’s power and direction, missions are impossible. Therefore, small groups within the church are responsible for praying for the missionaries individually.
It is responsible for maintaining the flow of information towards the mission field and towards the church.
It is responsible for providing vital care for the missionaries and responding in times of crisis.
The participants at this level must be church members, have completed or be completing Discipleship I, and be willing to give time for prayer, meetings and ministerial responsibilities.
Level 2- Short Term Missions
These are teams of people made up of those who are willing to make use of their time, spiritual gifts, and ministerial experience to go on short term trips to the mission field. The trips could last anywhere from a week to a year.
They will be sent on short term evangelism trips, discipleship trips, or for ministerial support of the permanent missionaries.
They must be church members actively ministering in one of the structures of the church, having finished Discipleship I, and either be taking classes in IDEM (Institute for Ministerial Development) or have graduated from IDEM.
Level 3- Permanent Missions
Those who are “planning to go out as full-time missionaries, but are willing to stay behind.” Some requisites are necessary.
They must confirm God’s call to the mission field, be studying in the seminary or have completed their studies and gain the necessary experience locally to participate in a church planting team.
They should expose themselves to as many short term missions as possible.
The financial key to MetroAmerica 020 is dependance on God. Although the missionaries receive financial support, they are encouraged to go our by faith, depending on God for their support.
10% of the New Life Baptist Church budget, along with 10% of the budget of each of the churches started, is designated for MetroAmerica 020.
Individual Church members are encouraged to designate offerings to MetroAmerica 020 above and beyond their tithes and offerings to the local church.
Other churches in the MetroAmerica 020 area and the United States also cooperate in the financial support.
– Exploration & Research. After seeking God’s direction through prayer and using personal contacts, a team goes to the city to research the culture and the people. During the exploration trip, a location for evangelism is chosen.
– Follow-up & Baptism. Each person who makes a profession of faith is visited with the purpose of confirming his decision and offering him discipleship. After he receives the lesson on baptism he is encouraged to be baptized.
– Evangelism. A team consisting of level 2 and level 3 members is sent to evangelize. If it is a lower or middle class area, the team uses saturation, confrontational evangelism to try and win as many people as possible to Christ. If it is an upper class area, the team evangelizes through small groups using relational evangelism.
– Discipleship. A team of disciplers is sent every week or every two weeks to take the new believers through Discipleship I. After they conclude Discipleship I, they are offered Discipleship 2, and then courses in the Institute for Ministerial Development (IDEM)
– Small Groups. As new believers are discipled individually, they are brought together within small groups in different areas of the city. These groups meet every week or two depending on the frequency of the visits from the missionary teams. The goal is teaching and fellowship.
– Commissioning the permanent missionaries. When God has confirmed His call on at least two men, they are ordained as permanent missionaries and are sent to the new city. When there are not enough funds for two men, one man is sent with his family and the Level 2 teams aid in the teamwork until another man can be sent.
– Constitution of the New Church. When God leads, the small groups are brought together and a mission is constituted. When that mission can sustain itself economically and has the leadership necessary to function as a church, it is constituted as an independent church. The word independent does not mean that it no longer cooperates with the mother church, but that it is able to survive on its own.