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The Church's Mission

Jesus called his disciples by saying, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Mt. 4:19). He spent three years training his disciples to understand and imitate his teaching and his life. After Jesus' death and resurrection, his final instructions to his disciples were to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations" (Mt. 28:18).

The instruction to the disciples was to call and train others the way Jesus had trained them. We don't believe this is a special calling for an elite few, but is the universal mission for all who would follow Christ. The mission of the first disciples remains the mission of the church today - for every Christian to be a disciple who makes disciples.

Implication: Mission to Grapevine

Because this is the mission we are called to, our church and all of its ministries exist for the mission of making disciples by teaching people to believe the gospel and obey the Savior. Some ministries may be more focused on the initial stages of discipleship, and others more focused on the continued teaching of those who are already disciples, but all we do should have the discipleship process as its goal.

There is no such thing as a Christian who is not called to be a missionary. We believe all Christians are called to obedience to the mission God has given us, and therefore we expect everyone in the church to be faithful as a missionary to their family, their neighborhood, and their workplace.

As one expression of living on the mission God has given us, GBC seeks to purposefully show the light of Christ in our local community right here in Grapevine by seeking to meet the needs of our neighbors, by holding community events, and teaching Bible classes targeted at non-Christians. For more info about this, contact Russ Collins.

Implication: Mission to the World

God has called all of us to be missionaries to North Texas, and we believe he has also called some to be missionaries to "the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8). To that end, we are sending a team from the church to serve as career missionaries South Asia, and have committed substantial resources to this task. (We're not able to post additional details of this ministry online, but we'd love to talk to you about it when you visit). For more info, contact Randy Zeller.


We believe Scripture to be clear that mission is not something a few of us are involved in, but something all of us are called to. It is not a "ministry" of the church - it is the purpose for the church.


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