Missions Emphasis 2017–2018

This year’s theme was developed to encourage the Alliance family in our calling to center our lives around the Kingdom Jesus established. While this may seem a “peculiar” way to live, it is the wonderful, purposeful life He planned for us.

Missions Emphasis Resources

Alliance churches receive a Missions Emphasis Resource Kit each year. Previews of the posters are available below as well as links to download those materials. Additional copies of print and video resources are available, while supplies last, by calling the Alliance Service Center toll-free at 1-877-284-3262, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., MST.

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Additional Resources

  • High Resolution Graphics: Visit Box.net to download high–resolution graphics, native art files, additional PowerPoint files, and photos and logos associated with the campaign.
  • Peculiar People Video [31:48]: Tim Crouch, U.S. C&MA VP for International Ministries, shares this message about how we are called to organize our lives around the Kingdom Jesus established and that while this may seem a “peculiar” way to live, it is actually the wonderful, purposeful way Jesus established for us. This full message can be used to help educate your church’s missions committee, provide thematic content for your missions speaker, or show to your congregation. It can also be used if no international worker is available to speak in your church.

    Watch Now [Available on DVD mailed to Alliance Churches in August.]

Missions Emphasis Theme Peculiar People

The theme is rooted in 1 Peter 2:4-12. In these verses, Peter addresses Jewish believers who are now scattered around the Roman empire as “sojourners and exiles.” They certainly felt peculiar in the culture of Roman cities. Peter points out to them that God has a purpose for the peculiarly different people who choose to live for His Kingdom among the kingdoms of the world.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God (KJV: “a peculiar people”), that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9

So what do peculiar people look like?

We need to live more than just average Christian lives. Our thoughts, words, and actions should overflow with His purposes so that we may declare the praises of him who called us. We might describe ourselves as “Peculiar with a Purpose.”

Why do we emphasize missions anyway?

It’s simple. Jesus told us to “Go and make disciples…” By the power and authority of His Spirit, He sends us on mission to the world—to Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and the ends of the earth. So we go!

If we’re serious about the Great Commission, we need to live very different lives. We may need to do risky things, sacrificial things, odd things. We may even need to be a bit odd ourselves. You might even say “peculiar.”