This is the body to whom the Executive Council has delegated those functions with regard to the effective liasing with the Southern Africa Superintendency Council of Church of God World Missions, and the regional structures in South Africa, as represented from time to time by the Regional Council’s or their duly appointed Regional Mission Committees. There will also be an effective liaison with Church Councils at local level.
It will be the Board’s responsibility to ascertain the need for fields of missions amongst those people groups who are not yet evangelised, outside the borders of South Africa, as well as the needs for community upliftment within the country, in order to advise the Regional Councils, Regional Mission Committees, Church Councils and local Church Mission Committees as and when requested for such advice. The Board will see to it that this is done by the most effective, available means, and to this end they will seek men and women who can fulfil the vision laid upon the church for the accomplishing of such tasks.
The Board will at all times consist of persons appointed by the Executive Council, in terms of the Board’s approved rules, who are mission minded and dedicated to see that the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ will be truly carried out in the Full Gospel Church of God. They will also at all times be led by the Holy Spirit in order to be fully effective for the responsibilities placed upon them.
The Board will in terms of the following vision, as contained in Acts 1:7-8
“and He said unto them, it is not for you to know the times or seasons, which the Father has put in His own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.”
endeavour to lead our denomination into mission involvement, reaching the unreached at home and abroad, utilising all resources available – networking with the program of the church and wherever possible with like-minded ministries and organisations.
By philosophy is meant the general principles of the matter as well as the system or theory of that subject.
"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
In essence therefore there must be discipling of all nations accompanied by baptism and the teachings of the doctrines of Christ.
The above has been given substance through the system of missions, whereby those called to give effect to the Great Commission amongst nations not of their own culture, group or geographical setting have ventured forth to evangelise the peoples of such nations. In theory this meant that persons from nations, which had already been evangelised, sent missionaries to those who had not yet heard the message.
Missions became the great evangelistic arm of the church amongst other cultures, and/or in foreign lands e.g. there were missions in Canada amongst the Red Indians and Eskimos, yet Canadians too were sent to labour in such fields as the Transkei and the Transvaal goldfields.
It was this philosophy that caused South Africans to labour amongst their own countrymen in South Africa, who were of a different culture to them. It was this philosophy that sent missionaries to peoples outside of South Africa's borders - to Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland and eventually Madagascar.
It is the same philosophy, which operates to-day in this heterogeneous land of ours, divided as it is between many nations, some who are classified economically as First World and others as Third World. The same evangelistic fervour, which motivated our missionaries in the past, must now motivate the church. The church per se needs evangelism - it is it’s lifeblood, however it is also a given fact and has been proven in countries such as India that when a national church excludes missions then evangelism dies and the church becomes moribund. Remember the real church only represents a small percentage of the total population of a country, and missions evangelism is quite often the only arm that can reach right into the heart of certain areas.
However it must always be remembered that it is the task of missions to teach people the doctrines of Christ, and in so doing they will teach such persons to be growth conscious i.e. they must graduate from being children to being mature Christians. Then they in turn must take up the mission banner and disciple and teach others, so that the original missionaries can move on and break new ground. However the tragedy is that the third and fourth generation Christians become less mission conscious the more affluent they become, and those not of the same cultural standards or in lands far removed are relegated blithely to "heathenism".