The GLOBAL CHURCH INVITING North Americans TO PARTICIPATE IN WHAT GOD IS DOING AROUND THE WORLD. Merge is directed by a team of Global Church leaders from five continents. All Merge trips are organized, led, and staffed by the Global Church. This gives Merge a UNIQUE non-North American perspective on short-term trips.
THE GLOBAL CHURCH INVITING – the initiative and leadership are from the Global Church, not the North American church to GO and lead
TO PARTICIPATE IN – the participation is active involvement and learning through what the Global Church is already doing. The focus is on involvement WITH, not doing FOR – active learning involves participation as well as reflection
WHAT GOD IS DOING AROUND THE WORLD – Missio Dei – God is actively involved around the world – North Americans can discover what God is already doing through followers of Christ around the world
OUTCOME – for participants from North America and the Global Church to be strengthened in their relationship with Jesus Christ, increase in passion for inter-cultural relationships, to implement God-inspired behaviors, and initiate new ministries and social change in their church and communities
Primary Values include:
LEARNING – God is doing amazing things through the global church. There is so much to learn about ministry and how God is working around the world. Come and learn!
RELATIONSHIPS – The kingdom of God is built on relationships, which are the key to a successful mission and ministry. Come and connect with followers of Jesus from around the world.
BRING IT HOME WITH YOU – When you return home, we want your vision and passion for your church, your community, and your own life in Christ to expand
The GLOBAL CHURCH INVITING North Americans TO PARTICIPATE IN WHAT GOD IS DOING AROUND THE WORLD.
We are citizens of HEAVEN, where the Lord Jesus lives (Philippians 3:20). As believers we are all citizens of heaven together, even if our cultures and nationalities are different. Our Global Church partners are EQUAL to us in the eyes of Heaven.
Humility trumps privilege. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had – he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave (Philippians 2:5-7). Would it be possible for us to give up our North American privileges and power, so we can truly hear the Global Church?
Peter was confronted with the fact that HE, as a Jew, and a disciple of Jesus, didn’t know everything. He shared the message of Jesus with a Roman officer, Cornelius, and the entire household was saved. Then they received the Holy Spirit! The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles too (Acts 10:45). To fully understand who God is, we need to listen and learn from the Holy-Spirit-filled Global Church.
Merge is affiliated with numerous Global Partners around the world, including the Evangelical Covenant Church of the United States and Canada. Our doctrine follows closely the six affirmations of faith of the ECC. Including:
We affirm the centrality of the word of God.
We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.