Ignite a passion
We believe that God is already at work among students in South Africa, but that their eyes are often not fully open to the scope of God’s mission in the world. We therefore want to take students’ passion for Christ and fan it into a flame by exposing them to the possibilities and potentialities for mission in God’s world. We are not merely concerned with conveying information about mission, but with igniting a passion for mission.
Our aim through the conference is to explode narrow conceptions of mission and to show students that all Christians are missionaries and that this involves all aspects of life. As such we concur with Tearfund’s definition that, “Integral mission is the church speaking of and living out its faith in Jesus Christ in an undivided way in every aspect of life.” This vision is also in line with Lausanne’s commitment that the whole church take the whole gospel to the whole world. South African students The conference will look at issues that are specifically relevant for our context in South Africa. This will include teaching and training which takes into account the context of South African history and culture,
including the various theological issues that face the local church. In particular we want to address how to do integral mission in South Africa and the role that students can play in their local churches.
Faithfully applied biblical teaching
We believe that the gospel is the central message of the Bible and that it is the key to all heart and life change. Therefore the conference must be driven by faithful biblical teaching which highlights the gospel motivations and methods for mission. We are not content, however, with mere orthodoxy of doctrine, but want to see this doctrine practically applied to mission. This will mean that the conference will leave students practically equipped for mission on their doorstep as well as with practical steps to take to serve in mission locally and abroad. Doctrinally we are committed to the IFES statement of faith, out of which inspirational mission’s conferences like Urbana and Commission were born.
Our motto for the conference is One God, one witness, one life. These themes come out especially in the epistle of James with its characteristic challenge of all double-mindedness. One God challenges all false gods in which our world hopes. These include sex, money, and power in secular Western society as well as religious idols in traditional societies. The challenge implicit here is again that students “speak of and live out their faith in Jesus Christ in an undivided way in every aspect of life”. One witness is the affirmation that this radically different Christ-centred life will be a witness to the world. It is also a call to unity of witness in the church across racial, cultural, and economic divides. One life highlights the urgency and all-of-life-consuming nature of the missionary task.
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If you would like to support this project financially, this can be done via EFT or by making a deposit in the SIM South Africa account, details of which are below. Please ensure that you give the project name for this project – Ignite– as a reference to ensure that your gift is allocated correctly. Thank you.
SIM South Africa
Standard Bank, Blue Route Branch
Account Number: 072 877 014
Branch Code: 025 609