BIC Board for World Missions appoints study group to discuss approach to Muslim ministry
GRANTHAM, Pa. (Oct. 29, 2008)—The Brethren in Christ Church is committed to reaching the 2 billion people around the world who have not yet heard the good news of Christ, and Muslims represent one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. As BIC World Missions (BICWM) moves forward in its outreach to the Muslims, the Board for World Missions recognized the need to define which approaches to Muslim ministry are compatible with BIC theology and doctrine.
Therefore, in mid-October, the Board commissioned a study group of theologians, doctrinal scholars, missionaries, and students to dialogue on a variety of questions regarding BIC missions within a Muslim context. Some of the issues discussed included: Is the Qur’an a valid means to guide seekers to the Bible? Should new believers identify themselves as Christians? How will believers be discipled if they choose to stay in a Muslim context? How will believers be recognized by the international BIC Church?
Conclusions were not reached during this meeting, but it began an important clarifying process for the Brethren in Christ Church. The study group will meet at least once more in early 2009 and the final decisions will be made by the Board for World Missions following the conclusion of the study group’s work.