Simply stated, our mission is to proclaim the Gospel to the lost that they might receive salvation and eternal life in Jesus Christ; to develop mature disciples; to minister to the spiritual and learning needs of the local church; to train pastors and leaders; and to pray for the sick that they might receive healing.
Our mission work includes several categories. When we are on location, we generally concentrate on community evangelism, church ministry, prison ministry, and pastor-leadership training through seminars.
Evangelistic services may come in the way of sharing the gospel under a tree in remote village or through a well organized 3 night outdoor event before thousands of people. We strive to tailor each event according to the needs and sensitivities of each hosting community. In some locations we may show a movie, elsewhere we may employ the services of a well-known Christian musician. Our host church normally coordinates ministry with other local churches and sometimes ministries in nearby towns and villages. Cross-border events are often scheduled when the host church enjoys friendly relations with churches in nearby countries. Dawning backpacks and travelling to remote communities to present the gospel is not uncommon.
In most cases, church ministry usually consists of revival preaching, prophetic ministry, and healing services. All who receive prophetic words are encouraged to testify to their accuracy. Those who are healed during a service are asked to (1) demonstrate their healing if it is of a nature that can be demonstrated, and some are asked to (2) testify regarding their healings.
In countries friendly to the gospel, prison officials are eager to have us preach the “good news” that transforms lives, therefore our meetings are prison-yard evangelistic and healing events. We also provide food; personal health items as gifts. Many prisons are too impoverished to provide more than a single meal of porridge and unable to provide soap; toothbrushes; lotions; etc. a regular basis.
Pastor-Leadership Training Seminars
Because education is limited in most of the places we visit, most training events are directed toward evangelism, discipleship, prophetic and healing ministries, and various aspects of leadership. In addition to interactive teaching, we often include open forums so church leaders can freely discuss cultural issues in light of Scripture.
Our Philosophy of Ministry
Our philosophy of ministry often shares more in common with the early church than what we see in the modern western world. To the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul declared “My message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” (1 Cor. 2:4-5, NASU) To the believers in Thessalonica he wrote, “Our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.” (1 Thess. 1:5, NASU) The common denominator should be obvious—the work of God is to be done in the power of God. In a time when persuasive preaching and programmed methods dominate evangelism-missions, we prefer to share the Gospel expecting to experience the Spirit’s witness in signs and wonders. Arguably, healings and miracles were the greatest tools available to the evangelist in Scripture, prompting the question: Has God indeed chosen to retract such valuable tools–as some claim–in an age when they are needed more than at any other time in history? Events recorded in thePosts section testify the works of the Spirit are ongoing. (Please know that we have taken great pains not to embellish what God has done through IPICM’s ministry.)
If you are serious about reaching your community for Christ, we want to hear from you. Our philosophy stresses the importance that stems from partnering with individuals, ministries, and networks. We know that together, we can affect great change for the Kingdom of God.
The hour is late and the harvest is ripe. Come, let us serve the Master together.