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International Strategic Directions 2010-15 | CRC Churches International
A presence in every nation by 2045

Our Vision

Is to help expand the Kingdom of Jesus Christ on earth by creating Bible-based contemporary local churches and ministries (Acts 1:8).

Our Mission

Is to exalt Jesus Christ in all that we think, say and do, and to extend His influence throughout the world by:

Proclaiming Christ’s Gospel with the expectation that supernatural signs will follow as the normal New Testament pattern (Mark 16:15-20);

Planting Christ-centred churches that are autonomous, interdependent and self propagating (Acts 14:21-28);

Promoting Christ-glorifying Christian communities which outwork the miraculous and character transforming ministry of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:42-47);

Producing Christ-following disciples who seek to obey the Great Commandment and Great Commission (Matthew 22:36-40; 28:18-20).

From Our Leaders

God has given the CRC a wonderful vision to reach the broken of this world, with Christ’s message of faith, hope and love. Jesus sheds God’s light and life into the darkest and most difficult places and situations imaginable. Because people matter to God, they have to matter to us. This is the reason we have set  an audacious faith goal to have a CRC presence in every nation of the world by 2045, our centenary as a movement.

This International Strategic Directions 2010-2015 builds on our previous five year plan but also introduces some new concepts. Evangelism and Discipleship are at the core of what we do and who we are as Great Commission Christians. Planting Churches is an integral part of our spiritual DNA. Ministry Training and leadership development is our growth engine. Messengers to the Nations expresses how we value serving and working globally to help various people groups. Connecting Leaders builds our unity as a movement and  enables us to learn from each other. Christian Education is needed for poverty-stricken people who want the best for their kids. Empowering the Needy is Jesus providing a helping hand to lift people out of poverty.

These seven Strategic Directions will guide the way forward for our international movement. As each Nation outworks their capacity according to their potential, the results will be evident in transformed lives and communities. I urge you to pray about how you can be involved and contribute to realising this inspiring and practical vision.

Pastor Bill Vasilakis
National Chairman Australia


As I travel the nations, I see many needy, poor and vulnerable people in desperate need of help. Yes they need material and physical help – but the greatest need of humanity is to  know the salvation of our lord Jesus Christ! Seeing these people leaves a lasting and emotional impression, and the normal response is to ask ‘What can I do?’ We as a movement are also asking this question.

These Strategic Directions outline a clear vision in easy steps which will make a difference to some of these people. We have a mandate to disciple the Nations, which includes enlarging the resource base in Australia through the planting of new churches. It is a vital part of our strategy to touch and affect the nations through the preaching of Christ’s salvation. A passionate and Spirit-empowered response is needed to make this strategy an effective tool in reaching our God-given goals. It only takes us to ask ‘What can I do to make a difference in the lives of these people?’

Pastor Barry Silverback
International Missions Director


In my role as Missions Director I see what is happening in countries where the CRC is established, along with other CRC missionary endeavour that we partner with. It is inspiring to see what is taking place.

Many of our leaders dream daily about the vision and strategies in this document, I invite you to also share in and own this great vision.

I see new churches, new people, new converts, new missionaries and new miracles flowing as we gain a  reputation in the nations for epitomising these seven  strategies. I would ask that you take the time to read it  carefully, pray over it and thank God for all He is doing and is going to do over the next five years.

Pastor Mike Groom
National Missions Director

 

Values


We believe that God will work through His living, authoritative and relevant Bible.

We believe in the God-inspired multiplication strategy of covering the earth with churches.

We believe in connected, cooperative and accountable ministers and churches.

We believe in the liberating power of the New Creation Message that secures and strengthens our foundations in Christ.

We believe in a Gospel-centred and grace- pervading Christian message that must never be added to or changed.

We believe in a balance between the ‘Word’ and the ‘Spirit’ as we express our dependence on Jesus Christ.

We believe that our churches should be creative and culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure.

We believe in pursuing unity and walking in love in our churches and amongst our ministers.

We believe in a forward-moving and daring faith that undergirds everything we do for Jesus Christ.

We believe in the call and cost of Christ-appointed ministers who willingly embrace sacrificial servant- hood as a way of life.

Strategies

Each Nation aims to transform villages, towns and cities for Christ by planting Local CRC Churches.

Growth:

  • Prayerfully develop a Spirit-led plan to plant churches that will see a minimum of 150 new churches planted around the world.

Strategy – we will achieve this by:

  • Providing empowering training strategies for aspiring church planters.
  • Strategically outworking the New Testament pattern of planting churches as Apostolic operational bases for further church planting.
  • Establishing a CRC registered presence with operational bases in five new Nations.

Each nation aims to develop fully devoted followers of Christ who passionately outwork the Great Commandment and Great Commission.

Growth:

  • For all CRC Local Churches to grow by at least 25% through first time decisions for Christ.
  • For new believers to become fully devoted followers of Christ through water baptism, baptism in the Holy Spirit, personal devotion habits and ministry/missions expression in and through the local church.

Strategy – we will achieve this by:

  • All of our local church Pastors and Leaders modelling, teaching and promoting evangelism with a heart conviction that inspires action.
  • All local church Pastors providing training for their people to become more effective in sharing their faith.
  • All local churches prayerfully planning specific strategies and suitable outreach activities into their community.
  • All local churches developing and outworking a disciple-making strategy to lead people in becoming fully devoted followers of Christ.

Each Nation aims to equip people to live meaningful lives of service through implementing teaching and training programs in local churches, communities and the world.

Growth:

  • Each Nation to appoint and develop a CRC Training coordinator / Team and to increase the number of credentialed pastors by 25%.

Strategy – we will achieve this by:

  • Developing facilities and establishing Teaching and Ministry Training programmes with a Bible-based, Christ-centred, Holy Spirit empowered curriculum taught by trained Christian leaders.
  • Implementing a credentialing system into the Nations that reflect their unique cultural diversity.

Each Nation aims to recruit, train, send and support commissioned personnel to other Nations of the world.

Growth:

  • To increase our number of commissioned workers serving fulltime by a minimum of 25.

Strategy – we will achieve this by:

  • The special training and deployment of commissioned personnel.
  • Creating a financially sustainable support base for these personnel.
  • Purposefully recognising cross cultural opportunities to share the Gospel in local communities.
  • Implementing ‘adopt-a-nation’ initiatives in local churches.

Each Nation aims to build effective and productive leadership networks within their own setting and across the Nations to facilitate the CRC International Vision.

Growth:

  • To gather the National Leaders annually for prayer, planning, fellowship and encouragement.
  • To connect with CRC Pastors and Leaders who work in Nations where the CRC is not registered as an organisation.
  • To recognise the natural development of regional leaders to coordinate the help our field facilitators provide.

Strategy – we will achieve this by:

  • Sponsoring each National Leader to attend an annual gathering.
  • Holding an annual gathering of CRC Pastors and Leaders who work in Nations where the CRC is not registered as an organisation.
  • Creating a flexible and functional leadership structure that encourages and coordinates the implementation of our vision throughout the world.

Each Nation aims to offer high quality Christian education that ensures students receive a firm foundation for living and learn the value of building Nations through education.

Growth:

  • To establish and increase the number of preschools in the Nations as is currently being modelled in Fiji.
  • To establish and increase the number of Primary and Secondary Schools in the Nations as is currently being modelled in Port Moresby, PNG.

Strategy – we will achieve this by:

  • Strategically planning and developing preschools in the Nations.
  • Providing teacher training opportunities in early childhood, primary and secondary education in the Nations.

Each Nation aims to empower the poor and disadvantaged by providing hope, relief and quality of life.

Growth:

  • To establish Local Community Development Centres and Children’s Homes across the Nations.
  • To establish Vocational Training Centres across the Nations.

Strategy – we will achieve this by:

  • Develop relief-work coordinators who understand the needs of the regions.

Establishing Non-Government Organisations (NGO) and other relief programs that will:

  1. Implement projects that empower local communities to improve their living conditions.
  2. Provide emergency and financial relief, medical and rehabilitation services.
  3. Educate local communities in health care, sanitation and water purification.
  4. Partner with local churches and communities to create Child Development programs that assist in the spiritual, economic, social, physical and emotional development of children living in poverty.
  5. Form working groups and teams to build, repair and maintain infrastructure.