Covenant serves as the ASCP statement
of faith. Among other important evangelical doctrines, it affirms
the authority and power of the Bible, the uniqueness and supremacy
of Jesus Christ and the urgency of sharing the message of the
gospel to the entire world.
The multiplying local church is
God's primary instrument for evangelism, discipleship and the fulfillment
of The Great Commission.
In this commission given by Jesus just before his ascension to
heaven he commands his disciples . . .
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given
to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember,
I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew
Attempting to work in partnership with the entire
evangelical Body of Christ (existing churches,
emerging churches and para-church organizations) models the
kind of cooperation needed to fulfill the Great Commission
and recognizes that no one group, church or mission can complete
the task itself.
The basic expectation of Alliance
partners is that they embrace the saturation church planting
vision; they pursue a strategy of helping nationals
plant multiplying churches. Alliance partners make concrete
contributions to the Alliance (participation) and identify
as Alliance partners (ownership).
Beyond the basic expectation, the partnership encourages certain
practices and behaviors among its partners. In the context of its
Kingdom relationships, its organizational calling and the gifting
of it people, Alliance partners agree that the
following practices will best assist saturation church planting
movements in post-communist Eurasia:
- Facilitate - Alliance
partners work with existing and/or emerging indigenous churches
in a way that helps them foster and participate in saturation
church planting movements. Alliance-related facilitators see
themselves as servants and encouragers of nationals who locally
own the saturation church planting vision. Alliance facilitators
work broadly by promoting all kinds of church multiplication
- Multiply - Alliance
partners work toward methods and models (for example, cell groups
or lay ministry empowerment) that will lead to natural reproduction.
Multiplication of disciples, leaders and churches is the engine
by which the goal of saturation church planting will be achieved.
- Work SCP elements -
Alliance partners work so that certain elements will feed an
SCP movement. These elements include mobilized prayer for church
planting, empowering research that fuels SCP, fruitful training
and mentoring of national church planters and continually casting
vision for church multiplication.
- Partner - Alliance
partners work together whenever possible capitalizing on the
strengths of different organizations and the gifting of their
people. Alliance partners recognize that working together models
the kind of cooperation that helps fuel church planting movements.
They focus on what they have in common with other partners while
maintaining their distinctives.
- Resource - Alliance
partners actively contribute what is dear to them - people, money,
materials, time, credibility and networks for SCP facilitation
- Clarify - Alliance
partners have clear identity and vision. They know why they exist
and know how they can contribute to SCP facilitation. Partners
with the clearest understanding of themselves know best how they
contribute to and benefit from the partnership.
- Advocate - Alliance
partners identify at least one partnership advocate from within
their own ranks that will "champion" the cause and
vision of the Alliance within each organization. These advocates
are convinced of the value of SCP and promote the Alliance partnership
among their colleagues.