Church Ministries in the Middle East
The ultimate goal of church ministries is to develop and establish churches worldwide. This is made possible by constantly striving to create an atmosphere where evangelism can take place. Through evangelism, discipleship, and church-planting ministries, missionaries and national Christians desire to see the indigenous evangelical church established and reproducing in the Middle East, especially in countries where there is no existing church. This is the overarching purpose that drives all other ministries.
The Lord has opened a door for WGM to minister in the Middle East in cooperation with Arab World Ministries, an evangelical mission focused on enabling people of the Arab world to proclaim Christ as their Lord and Savior. Main outreaches to the people of the Middle East include church ministries through evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.
Some of the greatest challenges in evangelizing and discipling in the Middle East are indoctrination, government opposition, and persecution. Many people in this area of the world have never met a follower of Christ or heard a clear presentation about what Christians believe. While mass evangelism is illegal in most Middle Eastern countries, missionaries and national Christians see the need to make evangelism a part of everyday life, interacting with local people in wise but bold ways.
As local people choose to follow Christ, it is essential that they are discipled in the foundational beliefs of the faith and the core teachings of the Bible. This is accomplished through both one-on-one and group discipleship.
Another challenge in ministry to Muslims is that while they believe in Jesus, they do not have all the facts. The Qur’an states that Jesus was born of a virgin and has power over death; however, Muslims do not believe Jesus died on the cross and they do believe Him to be just a man, not God. Dispelling these beliefs and introducing Muslims to the true Christ is key in building God’s church in the Middle East.