The Encompass family engages in a mission to glorify God and make Him known among the nations by investing in and equipping individuals since 1900. Missionaries and leaders of the past paid a high price to establish an enduring foundation for today's ministry. Because of what God has done through faithful men and women, 95% of the Grace Brethren churches are outside of the United States. Encompass currently serves 228 people groups in 34 countries across the globe.
As passionate, courageous servants, we invest in others through dedicated mentorship. We seek to mobilize individuals and churches to fulfill their roles in the Great Commission. We enable them, through partnership with Encompass, to send and sustain those whom God called into international cross-cultural ministry.
The Encompass family continues to focus on seeking out and using innovative means to share Christ with those who have not heard, gather new believers into community, and train leaders so an indigenous church planting movement will flourish.
We also commit to showing Christ’s love to those in need. Through crisis response, integrated medical care, and sustainable community development, we seek to minister to the needs of our brothers and sisters and to “do good to all people.”
Vision and Values
Vision: To spread the knowledge and glory of God among the least reached of our world.
Mission: To mobilize, equip, deploy and nurture multinational teams of disciple-makers who live and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ through engaging in sacrificial service, intentional evangelism and whole-life discipleship, resulting in the creation of healthy spiritual communities.
Relentless pursuit of the Great Commission in all of its implications
Prayer that leads to vision that leads to Risk-taking faith
Valuing individuals And empowering teams
The glory of the Church as God’s plan for this age
Strive for Excellence in all we do
What We Believe
Encompass World Partners, in harmony with our historic position, believing the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible to be our infallible rule of faith and of practice, and feeling our responsibility to make known the divine message of the Bible, present the following articles as a statement of those basic truths taught in the Bible which are common to our Christian faith and practice.
- THE BIBLE: the Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God (II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21)
- THE ONE TRUE GOD: existing eternally as three persons-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22, Matt. 28:19, II Cor. 13:14).
- THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: His preexistence and deity (John 1:1-3), incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matt. 1:18-23), sinless life (Heb. 4:15), substitutionary death (II Cor. 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), ascension into heaven and present ministry (Heb. 4:14-16), and coming again (Acts 1:11).
- THE HOLY SPIRIT: His personality (John 16:7-15); and deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in each believer: baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (I Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9); and filling (Eph. 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Eph. 3:16; Acts 1:8; Gal. 5:22-23).
- MAN: his direct creation in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Gen 3:1-24; Rom 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5).
- SALVATION: a complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
- THE CHURCH: one true Church, the body and bride of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-32), composed of all true believers of the present age (1 Cor. 12:12-13); and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Eph. 4:11-16).
- CHRISTIAN LIFE: a life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Rom. 12:1-2), manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Eph. 5:22-6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (I Cor. 6:1-8), not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ-like attitude toward men (Rom. 12:17-21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Eph. 6:18; Phil.4:6), including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray for and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18).
- ORDINANCES: the Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are (1) baptism of believers by triune-immersion (Matt. 28:19) and (2) the threefold communion service, consisting of the washing of the saints’ feet (John 13:1-17), the Lord’s Supper (I Cor. 11:20-22, 33-34; Jude 12), and the communion of the bread and the cup (I Cor. 11:23-26).
- SATAN: his existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His people (Rev. 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Rev. 20:10).
- SECOND COMING: the personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His church from the earth (I Thess. 4:16-17) before the tribulation (I Thess. 1:10; Rev. 3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Rev. 19:11-20:6).
- FUTURE LIFE: the conscious existence of the dead (Phil. 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Rom. 14:10-12; II Cor. 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Rev. 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the lost (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:15).
This statement must be subscribed to by every missionary serving under the Society. It is endorsed annually by each member of the Board of Trustees.
Our Commitment to the Common Mission
Charis is a multinational network of Grace Brethren church planters and developers [Canada, 1996], whose values are defined by the pursuit of biblical truth, biblical relationships, and biblical mission [Argentina, 1999]. The delegates of the 2008 International Conference affirm the following Commitment to Common Mission and encourage the participation of the Grace Brethren churches worldwide:
We affirm that the church is God’s plan for this age and commit to mobilize our members and resources to plant new churches because:
- the Spirit of Jesus poured out upon the Church is the Spirit of Mission to the nations (Acts 2:1-42; 13:1-4)
- the Church is a fruitful community in which disciples are made (Acts 2:42-47; Eph 4:11-16)
- the Church calls the lost to be reconciled to Christ through its evangelistic efforts (2 Cor. 5:16-21)
- the Church displays the multifaceted wisdom of God (Eph 3:10-11)
- through the Church God is glorified in Christ Jesus (Eph 3:21)
Therefore, we call upon:
- every local church to reaffirm their God-given mandate to reproduce through a concentrated effort to make disciples and form new churches.
- every National Fellowship or Association of Grace Brethren Churches to designate 2010-2020 as the decade of multiplication in which every church will be mobilized to reproduce itself through planting one or more new churches.
We affirm that a leader is a person who influences others towards the fulfilment of defined objectives and is indispensable to the health and multiplication of the Church. We affirm that leadership training:
- Takes place under the responsibility of the local church
- Seeks the equal development of character, knowledge, and skills according to giftedness.
- Is a life-long process involving mentors who share their example, values, convictions, and experience
- Protects existing leaders from temptations such as pride, exhaustion, family neglect, immorality, and isolation through accountability and team work.
We call upon the churches:
- To develop culturally sensitive strategies and means to train leaders, creating a comprehensive set of tools to:
- Proclaim the Gospel (from non-belief to salvation)
- Teach the fundamentals (from salvation to baptism)
- Enlist in ministry service (from baptism to service)
- Train leaders according to gifting (from service to leadership)
- Empower leaders to train others according to gifting (from leadership to coaching)
- Encourage a life of wisdom (family & work ethics, etc.)
- To share these resources worldwide with appropriate training in how to use them (objective, target, content, time, cost, required skill to teach them…).
We affirm that God has created human beings with physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and that the Church expresses the compassion of Christ in proclaiming the Gospel while caring for various needs of mankind.
We call upon the Church to bless believers, strengthen churches, and reach the lost by showing the works which reflect true faith (Jam 2.26):
- Assisting those in need,
- Promoting economic, family, and personal development,
- Encouraging the development of businesses with a missionary focus (Business As Mission)
We recognize that this is still an investigative avenue for mission. We encourage churches to deepen their theological understanding (cf. Charis paper) and further refine the principles governing holistic ministries.
Final Version of the Commitment to Common Mission in English, French & Spanish (PDF)
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