Each EPC presbytery¹ launching a disciple-making movement²
among an unengaged³ Muslim people group by 2025.
The EPC’s vision for Engage 2025 is comprised of three aspects:
- Thoroughly evangelical: proclaiming the good news of life in Jesus;
- Specifically Presbyterian: through the power of churches linked by faith and geography (a presbytery!); and
- Desperately urgent: among people who have no intentional, witnessing Jesus-followers active among them.
- Penetrating communities where no Jesus-followers are actively engaged in disciple-making
- A resident apostolic (frontier church-planting) effort
- Committing to work in the local language and culture
- Committing to long-term (until the vision is realized) ministry
- Sowing in a manner consistent with the replication (goal of at least 3 generations)
- Bringing additional resources and reinforcements where other Christians are already actively engaged in disciple-making
- Occasional short-term ministry trips
- Foreigners working through translators
- Starting model churches impossible for indigenous believers to replicate
- Compassion and mercy ministries without an intentional disciple-making movement strategy
- When Engage 2025 was first launched, the EPC had 10 presbyteries. Currently there are 13 presbyteries.
- A disciple-making movement (DMM) is a process by which communities of Jesus-disciples (churches) launch other communities of Jesus-disciples (more churches), which start other communities of Jesus-disciples (even more churches). We define a movement as being at least three church-planting generations deep.
- “Unengaged” means that no specific church, mission agency, or individual (or group of individuals) has taken responsibility to tell a people group of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. This term was developed to designate people groups that do not have any active, church-planting efforts occurring within them. According to the Global Research Office of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board: “A people group is engaged when a church-planting strategy, consistent with evangelical faith and practice, is under implementation. In this respect, a people group is not engaged when it has been merely adopted, is the object of focused prayer, or is part of an advocacy strategy.” (http://public.imb.org/globalresearch/Pages/default.aspx)