Who We Are
The Missionary Church has grown to almost two million people in more than 20,000 congregations scattered through more than 100 countries with multiple national churches and discipling movements.
The Missionary Church came into existence as a result of the spiritual revivals that swept across North America in the late 19th century. The evangelistic fervor continued through an aggressive program of missionary activity.
The Missionary Church is an evangelical denomination committed to church planting and world missions. With the national office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Missionary Church communicates the message of Christ with an aggressive strategy. Committed to the Great Commandment, the Missionary Church strives to be focused on the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
The Missionary Church has a rich theological heritage that serves as a launching pad for aggressive outreach. While our message from the Bible is unchangeable, our methods of communication must change to reach every culture for Christ.
Early leaders had a commitment to the position that the Scriptures were to be the source of doctrine and life. In addition to this commitment to be a biblical church, the theological perspective of the Missionary Church recognizes the contribution of John Wesley’s emphasis on “the warmed heart;” A.B. Simpson’s fourfold emphasis on Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King; the Anabaptist concepts of community and brotherhood; and the evangelical emphases of the lost estate of mankind and redemption through Jesus Christ.
The Missionary Church is a unique blend of the thought and life of a people who have sought to build their church according to the Scriptures with an appreciation for their historical roots.
Our Local Congregation
In 1969, the members of the Missionary Church in Bridgewater, SD sensed God leading them to relocate to Freeman, SD. They held their first service in Freeman on July 6, 1969. Eleven years later, in 1980, the members of the Missionary Church of Marion SD decided to join the Freeman congregation. Currently we are the only Missionary Church congregation in South Dakota.
We exist to love God and love one another. We accomplish this through worship, obedience to God’s Word, promoting growth and maturity among the followers of Jesus Christ, and sharing His Good News.
Scripture is our authority. We are committed to this basic statement of faith.
There is only one eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing and everywhere-present Triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit— who is the creator and sustainer of all things (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; 1 Timothy 2:5).
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. He lived a sinless life, died to make atonement for the sins of all mankind, was resurrected and is now mediator at the right hand of the Father. He is coming again in power and glory for His believing followers, and is the only Savior of mankind (John 1:1, 14; Titus 2:11-14).
He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, regenerating all who repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. He sanctifies, empowers, teaches, guides and comforts the believers (John 16:7, 8, 12-15).
The Bible is the inerrant, divinely inspired Word of God and authoritative in all matters it addresses (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
Salvation is the result of genuine repentance of sin and faith in the atoning work of Christ. It brings forgiveness to the repentant, makes him a participant of the divine nature and gives peace with God. We call this new birth (Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
We believe in the invisible and universal Church as the living Body of Christ. It is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus who have been vitally united by faith to Christ, its living Head and sovereign Lord (Matthew 16:18; Hebrews 12:22-24).
We believe there are two Christian ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe they are outward rites appointed by Christ to be administered in each church, not as a means of salvation, but as a visible sign and seal of its reality (Acts 8:36; 1 Corinthians 11:24-34).