Every Generation Ministries is rooted in what could rightly be called Evangelical Christianity – this term being understood in its positive historic sense. EGM is committed to Scripture as the divine revelation of God to humanity and to the truth and power of the Christian gospel to change lives. Inherent in the ministry of EGM are five core values taken from Scripture that influence every aspect of our ministry. We, as a ministry, have placed a special value on children, the local church, transformational ministry, national leadership and excellence in stewardship.
In looking at the culture of His day, it is clear that Jesus had a special commitment to children. In studying the New Testament and the cultural milieu in which Jesus lived, we believe that one of the characteristic features of the ministry of Jesus Christ is the importance that He gives to children. Several incidents within the New Testament offer insight into the priority that Jesus gives to ministering to children (Luke 18:15-17; Matthew 18:1-9; Matthew 21:15ff). Although this list of Bible references is certainly not exhaustive, it highlights the importance the LORD attributed to children in His ministry. We share the LORD’s love for children and give them central importance in our ministry.
The Local Church
Matthew 28:18-20 is the central passage to our understanding of our role in proclaiming the gospel. In this watershed passage, Christ commissions the “community of faith” to go and make disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to obey all that He has commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). We believe that the particular reference made to baptism in verse 19, the teaching of Paul on baptism and the large body of New Testament teaching on the church indicate that the Great Commission is primarily a commissioning of the local church (Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 3:8-10; 2 Corinthians 6:16 ). Therefore, the focus of our ministry is through the local church.
Intercultural ministry creates an environment with many cultural perspectives. An effective philosophy of ministry must then be founded on Biblical revelation, which transcends any one perspective. The mission of Every Generation Ministries is fulfilled within a Biblical philosophy of ministry that finds its source within Deuteronomy 6:4-10 and the ministry philosophy of Jesus Christ Himself. The ministry philosophy can be summarized in five succinct elements.
Relationship – Experience – Truth – Discussion – Response
EGM believes that the goal of all ministry is transformation. In our ministry, it is lived out specifically in two contexts:
- Leadership Development: Leaders are developed when they learn Bible-based teaching in a relational environment with experiential methods, connect it to their ministry context, and respond by transforming the way they minister to children.
- Ministry to Children: Children are transformed in Christ when, in a relational context, they are led to experience and understand the Word of God, connect it to real life, and respond to its truth.
In contrast to the schooling models of the world, this model of transformational ministry is the approach which so marked Jesus’ ministry and is our inspiration.
We are committed to developing ministries that are led by local Christian leaders. We believe that local Christian leaders are best suited to develop a ministry that will equip churches in their country for effective ministry to children and their families. Our commitment to establish national ministries flows out of our understanding of incarnational ministry and the stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.
- Incarnational Ministry – In Colossians 1:15-29 we see the very heart of incarnational ministry. Minimizing the barrier separating God and humanity, Jesus Christ chose to identify with humanity (Hebrews 4:15) by taking on the form of a man, becoming one of us. He effected his purpose for the world from within it. Affirming incarnational ministry, EGM believes the local church is best served from within, with the fewest cultural and linguistic barriers possible.
- Stewardship of Resources – God has entrusted us with resources and we are accountable to Him for the stewardship of those resources. The parable of the talents (Matthew 25) makes it clear that God expects us to maximize His resources. Within many cultures there are mature Christian leaders whom God has called to minister to children. Working with these leaders maximizes the financial resources of the ministry.
For these two reasons, EGM seeks out local Christian leaders who share the vision that God has given. We partner with those leaders to develop national ministries that will transform children in Christ through His Church.
Excellence in Stewardship
We believe that our ministry should pursue excellence in the wise stewardship of the resources that God has entrusted us. In all that we do we are committed to excellence in how we reflect Jesus Christ in our ministry and within our organization.
Our commitment to excellence affects all aspects of the ministry. We are particularly concerned about excellence in:
- our ministry programs,
- our ministry publications,
- our handling of mission finances and other material resources,
- relationships within the ministry staff and leadership of EGM,
- relationships with national staff and national Boards,
- and relationships with the supporters of our ministry