Cookbook

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the vision for the future of BMC?

Our aim is to be a movement of power and redemption starting among the youth in the city. We are only doing a microcosm of what we can do, due to our limited capacity. We have carefully and consistently established relationships and are standing in a field ‘white for harvest.’ Our desire is that Berean Missional Church will meet weekly as we can afford to pay rent or own a building, and that the Harvest Movement Youth Center would be open up to six days per week. The youth we minister to have been desirous of this for as long as we have existed, and our city is flooded with youth who would come into the arms of a redemptive environment seven days a week if it were available to them. In addition, we would like to fully develop and increase the capacity of Harvest Academy into an alternative school and establish a city-wide urban youth choir.

Why do you refer to yourselves as a pioneer missions work?

There was a time when the nearest witness may have been a grandmother, but today, if there is any witness at all, it is usually a great-grandparent or non-family member. Our experience with the individuals and families we’ve worked with over the past seven years has been that we are truly bringing new seed to a new frontier. 

Are the inner cities in North America really mission fields?

Absolutely. While the term missions has traditionally described the taking of the gospel to significantly different cultures, traversing the walls of separation (i.e. geographic distance, culture, and language), we believe that a broader understanding of the term—semantically and practically—is necessary. The walls of separation which exist between the Evangelical Church and the inner cities of North America, while in some ways different from those faced by foreign missionaries, have proven no less significant in their effect as barriers. Therefore, the inner city requires a response just as drastic as foreign mission fields so that barriers similar in significance may be overcome. We believe that it would be unfortunate and counterproductive to allow the means of the term missionary to eclipse the end of reaching the nations, in the inner city and overseas.

If people in the inner city are not responsive to churches they already have access to, isn't it more urgent that we plant churches in places where people have no access?

Many commonly believe that because churches exist in North America and people have access to them, the situation in our urban centers is not as urgent as that of foreign countries where no churches exist. While upholding the legitimate and urgent need for foreign missions, access should never be made the issue, particularly, if we believe in Total Depravity. Whether a church exists ‘on every corner in America,’ or anywhere, people will not, and cannot, come to Father of their own volition (John 6:44; 14:6b; 10:30). Therefore, a church may exist, yet be nonexistent if it is not sacrificially and purposefully reaching out to people in the power of the Holy Spirit.

What does it mean to 'ground' people biblically and socially?

Grounding people biblically and socially means orienting them by giving them a solid, foundational understanding of their position before God and before their fellow man. This can occur in much the same way a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) orients a person as to their exact location by the vertical and horizontal receiving and transmitting of satellite signals. Our desire is for individuals to have a solid, biblical understanding of who God is and who they are in relation to Him and a solid, historical understanding of who man is and how societal arrangements have occurred. As men, women, and children are grounded biblically and socially, they will be oriented and equipped—with their identity in Christ—to overcome obstacles and live out the realities of the kingdom of God.

What does At-Risk and High-Risk mean?

At-Risk individuals are those who require immediate attention in order to arrest the onset of negative life patterns. High-Risk individuals are those who have already been involved in criminal activities, or who have been deemed likely candidates for such behavior by local enforcement agencies and school officials.

How long will it take for this church to become self-sustaining?

With the vision of becoming a healthy, self-sustaining church, our primary mission field demographic is people who are unable to provide a financial base. Will they learn to give? Absolutely! One of the great transformational truths of Christianity is that when individuals’ hearts have truly been transformed by the gospel, they become generous givers. This will come, but in a pioneering mission, it’s going to take time for that to happen. 

We believe, however, that BMC and the Harvest Movement Youth Center are forging new ground with a new paradigm, and when funding meets the current operational capacity and allows it to blossom and spread, it will serve as a reliable indicator for future pioneer works in the cities.

Why do staff members raise support instead of being paid by BMC?

We are a nonprofit organization and have no central funds. Staff members, including the pastor of BMC, raise support to cover salaries, benefits, and expenses. Then each staff member has a team of partners who pray for him or her.

What are two things that are unique about this ministry?

It is indigenous led. The leader of this ministry, Dwayne Gibbs is an indigenous leader on a mission to raise up other indigenous leaders who – under Christ will serve to redeem their own communities.

It is discipleship focused with an aim towards developing indigenous leaders. We believe that the making of disciples, the engagement into discipleship as a community, and leadership development must be the primary mission of BMC.

Nothing can substitute for the spiritual growth and character transformation that is fostered in a high-commitment, relationally-deep, grace-filled, Holy Spirit empowered discipleship community.

We feel that if our efforts and resources are invested into disciple making and equipping, the resulting deep character transformations will produce men, women, and children who will stand as leaders in all aspects of life.