Christ’s Great Commission is to teach all nations, baptize the believers, and then teach them to observe all things that Jesus had taught. The vision for Institute for Global Opportunities’ (IGo) is to bring those who desire to be involved in the Great Commission in contact with those who have had little or no opportunity to hear the Gospel.
Our goal is to bring learning and ministry together. As Christians learn, they are able to take their learning into the highways and byways of a fallen world. They are then less likely to acquire only head knowledge that has little relevance to their calling.
The Institute for Global Opportunities’ four-fold vision:
• We provide a passageway for conservative Anabaptist people from the West to become involved in missions. Whether God calls the individual to minister in Asia or elsewhere, this training will give him/her a life-impacting vision for people groups all over the world. Bible, mission, and doctrine classes will interface and alternate with field experience in each term of the Institute.
• Our faculty travels to Asian churches and conferences, to instruct local leaders and students in the doctrine of Scripture as held and practiced by Anabaptism.
• We engage in planting Anabaptist churches among Thai people groups.
• We are hosting Asian students and missionaries traveling to the IGo campus to study for specific periods of time as their churches become familiar with the Institute. This aspect of the ministry has sprung from the involvement of Western students in ministry trips and from IGo teachers' interaction with Asian churches.
Ultimately, our vision is captured by the scene in Revelation 7:9, 10
“After this, I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.”
The purpose of IGo is to provide students with a cross-cultural setting in which mission work, Biblical teaching, and personal discipleship can take place simultaneously. Therefore, our goals are four-fold:
• To nurture and equip missionaries with a theology and practice that brings a faith that works in love to build the church of Jesus Christ.
• To plant and nurture churches in the uttermost parts of the world with this same theological perspective.
• To send IGo faculty to Asian churches and conferences to instruct local leaders and students in the doctrines of Scripture as held and practiced by Anabaptism.
• To provide Asian students and missionaries a setting in which to strengthen their doctrinal foundations and to develop their personal spiritual lives while living and interacting with other cultures.