Reaching the lost with the message of the gospel is at the forefront of what we do here at Lakeside. Christ has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel. Our forefold mission is: Reaching, Planting, Training, Serving — so all can hear. These four facets of our mission are not separate objectives but an integrated and comprehensive plan, biblical mandates that we strive to fulfill. Like a circle, each aspect of our mission flows together, interacting with each other seamlessly.
Reaching -- the gospel message is preached and people are reached. Evangelism must always be accompanied by church planting, and our missionaries make this a strategic focus.
Planting -- establish the Church through indigenous fellowships around the world. If the gospel message is preached and people are reached, we must conserve the harvest; churches must be planted to accomplish this goal. Along with planting the church, we must provide training.
Training -- biblically sound training is the best way to multiply our effectiveness. We have freely received and must freely give! We know that the missionary call is not just to win all nations, but also to disciple all nations. We do everything we can to help build a strong national Fellowship, but if we do not, in turn, inspire and train others to win the lost and plant churches, then we have failed. In addition, church leaders are trained in ways to reach out to the disenfranchised of their communities.
Serving -- demonstrating the compassion of Christ to people in need (the poor and suffering) is an integral part of Assemblies of God World Missions, but demonstrating the love of God is not enough; we must also declare it. The potential to reach people spiritually is maximized because believers have already established themselves by building trust as they help the suffering.
People don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care. Meeting needs of the community with events such as Big Gives, Drama Outreaches (Edge of Eternity, Scrooged), Impact, Missions Trips (local, national, international) is one way that Lakeside fulfills the commandment that Christ has given -- to go into all the world and preach the gospel.
If you want to be a part of an active, on-the-move church, please come visit Lakeside, we would love to get to know you!