Switchboard missions exists to advance the gospel through the global church by equipping indigenous leaders.
Advancing the Gospel
Switchboard is anchored on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and everything we do is working to further His Kingdom. In Acts, we see that God provided a plan to care for the poor and the outcast by establishing His Church. (Acts 4:32-37) Switchboard serves as a signpost, pointing people to the local church in their community. When people are united in the love of Jesus Christ, destitution does not exist. The church is the means through which this happens. Poverty and corruption are symptoms of a much bigger disease: a lack of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Equipping the Church
Switchboard provides the tools for local leaders – investing in them, training and developing them, teaching them. Depending on the case, this could begin with meeting the physical needs along with spiritual needs. (For example, Jesus often fed His disciples and made sure they were rested when He was teaching them.) More often than not, this will include in-depth Bible studies, one-on-one discipleship and mentorship, leadership workshops, etc.
Whenever we go to teach the Bible, we invest deeply and strategically in a small, but faithful group of men and women "who will be able to teach others also." Our goal isn't to reach thousands; it's to develop a few faithful, indigenous leaders to reach and teach those thousands in the decades after we leave. Switchboard strongly believes in churches that are self-supported and self-governing. With this model, local leaders use their own God-ordained talents and gifts, instead of developing an unhealthy dependency on a foreign missionary. We know we will never understand the nuances of each culture we encounter, so we invest in the people who can.
LIVING THE MISSION
AND JESUS CAME AND SAID TO THEM, ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME. GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. AND BEHOLD, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, TO THE END OF THE AGE. (MATTHEW 28:18-20)
The Great Commission (quoted above) is a call to something much greater than we could ever imagine. It's a simple yet life-changing invitation into God's mission for the world. He's building a kingdom on this Earth, and He is using you and me - normal, everyday Christians - to do it. We are convinced that He's not looking for the all-stars; He is simply looking for those who will be faithful to the mission.
Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2, "And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." Therefore, whenever we go to teach the Bible, we want to invest deeply and strategically in a small but faithful group of men and women "who will be able to teach others also." Our goal isn't to reach thousands; it's to develop a few faithful, indigenous leaders to reach and teach those thousands in the decades after we leave.
When God put the vision of Switchboard Missions on the heart of Jana Ogg and Nicole Odom, they could have never dreamed of what it would become. What was merely a God-inspired passion and zeal to see the gospel spread, the lost saved, and the Church equipped has now, three years later, resulted in the training and equipping of over 250 indigenous church leaders and the distribution of over 2,500 Bibles in some of the most under-served areas of the world.
There is much more work to be done. Will you JOIN US?