1.)MCSA Mission Statement: “God calls the Methodist people to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ for healing and transformation”
The Methodist church believes that the sufficiency of the gospel is demonstrated by the salvation and transformation (sanctification) of all nations.
2.) Our Vision: “A Christ – healed Africa for the healing of Nations”
3.) We believe the church is called to (six calls)
à A deepening spirituality
à A resolve to be guided by God’s mission
à A rediscovery of “ every member ministry” or e priesthood of all believers
à A commitment to be one so that the world may believe
à A re-emphasis of servant – leadership and discernment as our model for ministry
4.) The four pillars or mission imperatives of the MSCA
The basic pointers to what is practicable and needed to be done if our mission is to be accomplished are:
- Evangelism and church growth
- Justice , service and reconciliation
- Economic empowerment and development
A Spirituality: connecting to the life giving resources of faith that make for moral regeneration and becoming holy people in the world. This pillar puts emphasis on our relationship with God and with other people, which is achieved through prayer; worship; communion; bible; giving; fasting; class meetings and caring. For Deeping spirituality, circuits and societies follow programs such as classes/cells, bible studies (in groups); alpha courses; Emmaus; discipleship and retreats.
B. Evangelism and church growth: Evangelism means inviting people to personal faith in Christ and his gospel and to belonging in the community of faith as disciples; planting new faith communities especially in informal settlements and new urban multi-cultural congregations. The methods used are preaching; campaigns (Invited speakers – evangelists, bible woman or church organizations) and testimonies (in-service). God commands us to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the father, the son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mathew 28:19)
Types of Evangelism:
- House to House evangelism
- Person to Person evangelism
- Street evangelism
- Church planting
- Healing ministry
C. Justice, service and reconciliation: To promote the values of justice, unity, reconciliation and
The healing of national ills, physical, environmental and social and to be Christ’s compassionate outstretched hands in the world. Centuries of alienation, discrimination and inequality amongst the nations in southern Africa means reconciliation remains a major issue and Christians are expected to take a lead. Church members at circuits and societies need to forge unity across cultural, racial, age, gender and class lines and deal with social issues such as crime, women and child abuse, ministry to refugee, and offering shelter to destitute. This mission imperative puts emphasis on morality (i.e. Christ-like biblical principles translated into practical action) and dignity (i.e. individual worthiness and wellbeing). Methodist people are expected to implement “moral regeneration” strategies through teaching and accountability beginning in class meeting progressing throughout the church (MCSA) structures.
D. Development and Economic Empowerment: The care and growth of children, the plight of the poor, education, quality of life, and nation building. The MCSA at society, circuit or district level tries to ensure that the imbalances of the past are corrected through a number of projects that address poverty alleviation; skills training; and literacy. The church strongly objects to gambling, and has initiated a ministry of helping those addicted ton it or families affected by gambling. The MCSA regards gambling as a corrupt industry that appears to prosper by means of manipulation, exploitation and economic injustice.
The Mission Charter (2004) – Complete the triology of faith and action.
Adopted at the Umtata mission congress in November 2004
Emphasis: where there is no vision the people perish
Where there is no passion the vision dies.
Resolutions were to take intentional and sustained action to implement the mission imperatives in areas like:
The healing ministry; deepening our understanding of African and other spiritualities; coordinated programs of Christian education, information and communication, building meaningful relationships that transcend racism, sexism and all other forms of discrimination, a vigorous response to the crisis of HIV/AIDS informing our prophetic ministry by research into socio-economic issues, identifying land for sustainable livelihood, sacrificial giving, becoming a church in solidarity with the poor, providing training in evangelism, training ministers for the African context, implementing anti-bias training, and becoming a more youth and child centered church.