A Missionary is a member of a religious group (in this case, the God-given faith of Christianity ) sent into an area to do evangelism or ministries of service. In the Church of God in Christ, mission work is considered very important to the spreading of the Gospel of Christ Jesus, and the COGIC deems mission work so important , the denomination even has its own Christian Mission Department.
Missionaries in Mainstream Christianity and their roots in the Roman Catholic ChurchEdit
A Christian missionary can be defined as "one who is to witness across cultures." The Lausanne Congress of 1974, defined the term, related to Christian mission as, "to form a viable indigenous church-planting movement." Missionaries can be found in many countries around the world.
Jesus instructed the apostles to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19–20). This verse is referred to by Christian missionaries as the Great Commission and inspires missionary work.
The New Testament missionary outreach of the Christian church from the time of St Paul was extensive throughout the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages the Christian monasteries and missionaries such as Saint Patrick, and Adalbert of Prague propagated learning and religion beyond the boundaries of the old Roman Empire. In the 7th century Gregory the Great sent missionaries including Augustine of Canterbury into England. During the Age of Discovery, the Roman Catholic Church established a number of Missions in the Americas and other colonies through the Augustinians, Franciscans and Dominicans in order to spread Christianity in the New World and to convert the Native Americans and other indigenous people. At the same time, missionaries such as Francis Xavier as well as other Jesuits, Augustinians, Franciscans and Dominicans were moving into Asia and the Far East. The Portuguese sent missions into Africa. These are some of the most well-known missions in history. While some of these missions were associated with imperialism and oppression, others (notably Matteo Ricci's Jesuit mission to China) were relatively peaceful and focused on integration rather than cultural imperialism.
Missionaries in the Church of God in Christ Edit
A missionary in the Church of God in Christ is an ordained member of the Body of Christ who specializes in Christian missionary work and has the special task of providing missionary services to those affiliated and those who are not affiliated with any church in teaching them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible and providing services such as Christian and academic education & other community services. Most ordained and consecrated missionaries work directly with the COGIC's official Christian Mission's Department.