About

Mission

christar-missionChristar exists to glorify God by establishing churches among least-reached Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and other Asians worldwide.

• Glorify God - We exist, intentionally, to bring honor and glory to God.

• Establishing churches - We understand that we may bring honor to God by establishing churches where they do not exist. We are a “church-planting” organization. All that we do should contribute to establishing churches where there were none before.

• Least-reached - This refers to people who have no access to a church in their own language, culture or in proximity to where they live.

Vision

christar-visionThe vision of Christar is to cultivate Christ-honoring transformation in communities where He is yet to be worshiped.

Christ-honoring transformation - Transformation speaks to the process as well as the outcome. In the establishment of indigenous churches we pursue a Christ-honoring influence on the community at large. As workers who partner with God in His work, we are a part of the transformation process that God is bringing about. God’s promise in Revelation 5:9 is clear. People from every tongue, tribe, people and nation will worship God in eternity. Our vision is to go to those people who are not accounted for in the eternal roll call of nations!

The Cycle of Christ-honoring Transformation in Communities

Compassion in the Cycle of TransformationGod is the God of transformation! From the moment of creation, God brought about transformation of the physical world, making that which was “without form and void” into a place where life could and would thrive. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, God has affected transformation among the very ones who have been corrupted by the effects of sin. We read that one day, heaven and earth will be ultimately transformed for the eternal joy of the redeemed (Rev. 21).

In the intervening time, God is in the process of transforming our lives. Paul defines God’s purpose in Romans 8:29, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (ESV) God uses all life experiences to accomplish His purposes (v. 28), so that instead of being conformed to this world (12:2), we will be transformed into the image of Christ.

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Creativity

We value innovation in ministry.

  • We make use of the variety of gifts that our members possess.
  • We view the needs of people as opportunities for ministry.
  • We make field-based ministry decisions.
  • We encourage our people to initiate new ministries.

Effectiveness

We value the equipping of workers to minister fruitfully.

  • We thoroughly prepare ourselves for ministry, especially in biblical education.
  • We encourage an atmosphere of lifelong learning.
  • We provide what is needed to enhance ministry: strategic ministry teams, ministry coordinators, partnerships and logistical support.
  • We emphasize the importance of learning the language of the people to whom we minister.
  • We maintain financial stability and an administrative structure that is conducive to effective ministry on the field.
  • We provide personal accountability for accomplishing ministry goals.
  • We nurture mutual trust, faithfulness and cooperation in all areas of our work.
  • We persist in seeing the work through to completion.

Personal Development

We value our people as individuals, families and teams.

  • We take a holistic approach to enhance each member’s emotional, physical, spiritual and relational well-being.
  • We offer access to qualified caregivers who can provide help that is both appropriate and adequately suited to the needs of our members.
  • We consider the preferences and needs of each family.
  • We seek to follow the Lord’s command to love and forgive one another.

The Body of Christ

We value the importance of the Church in its diverse expressions.

  • We are all commissioned by sending churches.
  • We are strongly committed to working together as teams.
  • We reflect the body of Christ as we function in multi-gifted teams.
  • We especially seek to plant reproducing, indigenous churches among the least-reached.
  • We maintain a partnership with sending and supporting churches.
  • We appreciate the diverse ethnic backgrounds within the body of Christ and the contributions that result from ministering together.
  • We are committed to partnering with like-minded individuals, churches and organizations in planting churches among the least-reached.

Godliness

We value a growing love for God, a humble dependence upon His Word and a serious commitment to prayer.

  • We strive to bring glory to God in all that we do, say and think.
  • We commit every aspect of our lives and ministries to God in prayer.
  • We willingly deny self and suffer loss.
  • We are committed to moral purity.
  • We study Scripture in order to understand God and His purposes for our lives and ministries.
  • We are committed to sound biblical doctrine.
  • We insist upon the highest levels of integrity and accountability throughout our organization.

Baptism

Baptism is the public demonstration of one’s faith in Jesus Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Therefore the baptism of believers by immersion is taught and practiced in and through our ministries.

Contextualization

Christar is committed to the principle of contextualization. Our understanding and application of contextualization begins with the unalterable foundation of Biblical absolutes revealed in the Bible which are applicable to any and every culture. This invariably results in unbiblical parts of the receiving culture needing to be changed. However, there are many cultural forms which need not and should not be changed. It is our stated purpose to preserve these forms and, as much as possible, adjust our living levels and ministry methods to include and use these forms in communicating the Word of God to national groupings.

We recognize that the lack of perfect conformity to cultural norms will not prevent God from saving people as we are filled with the Holy Spirit, speak the truth in love and trust God for the results. We further commit ourselves not to inhibit local indigenous communities from expressing and living the Gospel in their own cultural forms when biblical truths and practices are maintained. We recognize that the scriptures and founders of other religions may communicate some aspects of truth, but we will not claim their scriptures or founders to be of divine origin.