Missions

Missions at Veritas

We send out healthy members to multiply disciples and churches among unreached and unengaged ethnic groups in central Ohio and around the world.

Sending out healthy members

As a church, we seek to send out healthy members that exhibit spiritual maturity, proven character and biblical qualifications. Sending is an ongoing relationship between the one sent out and their local church which includes development, ongoing care, prayer, accountability and committed support.

Multiplying disciples and churches

Through multiplication, the kingdom of God expands. Veritas missionaries are focused on proclaiming the gospel, developing disciples that multiply, and starting reproducing churches. We see this model in the Great Commission passages and in Paul’s ministry throughout Acts.

Unreached/unengaged ethnic groups

Immediately prior to His ascension, Jesus commanded his disciples: “…make disciples of all nations (ethne)…” (Matt 28:18-20). Of the nearly 11,500 ethnic groups extant in the world today, more than 50% (6,800) remain unreached; and more than 25% (3,100) are entirely unengaged with the gospel. The Spirit of Christ in us is grieved by this, and beckons us to faithfulness in “the ministry of reconciliation.” The Veritas community hears that call, has counted the cost, and is committed to strategically multiplying disciples and churches among the unreached/unengaged in central Ohio and around the world. We look forward to the day in which people from every ethne will know redemption through the blood of the Lamb and enjoy His presence forever (Rev 5:9)!

Strategy

Local: Create and equip Columbus-based mission teams composed of Veritas missionary candidates and other Veritas members to make disciples and plant churches among the unreached/unengaged ethnic groups extant in Central Ohio.

Global: Commission missionaries to (A) pioneer disciple-making movements among ethnic groups that are entirely or virtually unengaged with the gospel; OR (B) support existing disciple-making movements among unreached ethnic groups via casting vision for and training extant believers to reach both their own people and the unengaged groups around them.

Vision

Local: Create and equip 10 Columbus-based cross-cultural mission teams to multiply disciples and churches among 10 unreached/unengaged ethnic groups in the Central Ohio area by 2020.

Global: Commission 20 individuals or families from the Veritas Community to multiply disciples and churches among 20 unreached/unengaged ethnic groups outside the USA by 2020.

Core Values

Biblical Conformity

A missionary’s reverence for and commitment to the biblical text is of supreme importance. Is he competent in biblical interpretation? Does he reverence the Scriptures as his rule and guide in life and ministry over and above subjective and errant sources such as common sense, personal experience, etc.? Is he committed to aligning his teaching, preaching and methodology with what is found in Scripture? These questions are of supreme importance as the missionary’s theology will dictate his philosophy of ministry and ultimately result in biblical or else unbiblical disciples and churches–the ramifications of which will span generations. Veritas Missions is committed to equipping missionaries with a reverence for and commitment to the biblical text that results in a life and ministry in conformity with the word of God.

Unreached and Unengaged Peoples
Prayer

Biblical, steadfast prayer for God to be glorified and for the eternal joy of an unengaged people has been at the root of every disciple-making movement in history. Veritas Missions is committed to developing in its missionaries a life of dependence on God through prayer for the wisdom, endurance and provisions necessary for accomplishing the work.

Community

The biblical model and ideal has the missionary conducting his work in team. The missionary belongs to the body of Christ and was designed to operate in this body. The body provides the accountability and encouragement he needs to carry out his work faithfully and to completion. Veritas Missions trains its missionaries in community, teaches them to value community and when possible sends them out in community.

Evangelism

“How are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Rom 10:14) Much false teaching exists in the church today surrounding the discipline of evangelism. One example would be the unfortunately famous quote often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.” The biblical model for evangelism is immediate and bold proclamation, with the aim of saturating a given area or people with the gospel and identifying what Matthew calls a ‘worthy person’ or ‘house’ (Matt 10) that will then become the foundation for a disciple-making movement in that area. Veritas Missions trains its missionaries to proclaim the gospel in biblical fashion and to identify the worthy person or house whom they can disciple to make more disciples in the area entrusted to them

Discipleship

Biblically speaking, there is no distinction between a believer and a disciple, and a disciple is one who obeys Jesus–granted, by the grace and power provided through the Holy Spirit. Discipleship is teaching the disciple to obey everything Jesus commanded (Matt 28:19), from “believe in me” (John) to “Go…and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt 28:18-20). Veritas Missions equips its missionaries to ignite a disciple-making movement characterized by this understanding.

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