Seeking First God’s Kingdom
We are committed to seeking first God’s kingdom in whatever place and culture the Lord of the harvest sends us. We believe that will result in new disciples of Jesus Christ. New disciples will form groups of churches that are seeking God’s kingdom first at home and abroad.
Compare this to soccer. Soccer is played all over the world and requires a field with four boundary lines. It also requires teams. Each team has the privilege to play within the boundaries of the field and according to the rules of the game. A great deal of creativity takes place during a soccer match as each team member plays according to his/her skills, talents, and position, and always in unity with the other players on the team.
EFM can be described as a team of missionaries located all around the world. We play with the skills, gifts and experience God has given us and within the cultures where we live and work. As we seek first God’s kingdom we release missionaries to play within the four boundary lines of our mission (and we talk about a “soccer field” as an analogy). These boundaries help us make disciples and plant groups of churches that will go on to reproduce themselves. They also promote unity and creativity.
What are the four boundaries? Mission, Guiding Principles, Daily Focus, and Friends Culture.