PROMOTING PURITY IN THE MISSIONARY CHURCH
Equipping Leaders to protect and restore the church from pornography before it begins to destroy the ones we love.
In today’s world, sexualized images are everywhere. We are all exposed to these images on a regular basis.
None of us are meant to fight this alone. We are all in need of a proper defense strategy that maintains our purity and keeps us from acting on sexual temptations.
The cost of not having a defense strategy to these images are great. Pornography does not just threaten the well being of individuals, it threatens the strength of our relationships, families, and our communities.
And the church is not immune to these threats.
INTRODUCING BEFORE IT BEGINS
The Missionary Church is excited to announce that it is partnering with Before it Begins to address the threat of pornography in our churches.
Before It Begins is an independent ministry that promotes purity within churches by equipping leaders to protect and restore the church from pornography “before it begins” to destroy the ones we love.
Watch this short video from President Steve Jones. In the video, Steve introduces the exciting new partnership between MCUSA and Before It Begins and also urges all Missionary Church pastors to address pornography in the church by utilizing Before It Begins free services.
FOR ALL PASTORS
Before It Begins Preventative Services are designed to equip and safeguard everyone in the church to effectively defend against the threat of pornography before it begins.
As leaders, we can not neglect the threat of pornography in our churches. The best strategy is to proactively protect ourselves and our leaders against this threat “before it begins”.
A letter from Steve Jones,
President of the Missionary Church
“As a denomination with over 500 churches nationwide, we understand that some of our pastors may already be struggling with pornography. We recognize that these pastors are in a difficult place. To pastors, it can seem as if they have no place to turn for help without losing their positions of ministry and their means of supporting their families.
But if these sins are left in the dark they are more likely to grow into something bigger. We have already experienced cases where the pastor‘s offense has become public, resulting in devastating consequences for the entire church and the integrity of our witness to the world.
If you are a pastor already struggling with pornography, we want you to know that it’s not too late for you.God wants you to find the freedom that you long to experience.
The Missionary Church is committed to your restoration. Our national leadership team and your regional directors have approved and endorsed Before it Begins to be our official (and independent) partner to help restore pastors to purity.
Before it Begins Restorative Services offer safe and confidential access to counseling and other support. If you are struggling with pornography in any way, I strongly encourage you we implore you to contact Before it Begins to learn about how they can help. Their services are completely confidential and independent from the Missionary Church. We know that people would not reach out for help of this type unless they were certain that their identity would be kept secret. For this reason, you can be confident that Before it Begins will never share your identity with anyone within the Missionary Church. We have made that a condition of our participation with them. You have my word.”
SEE WHAT OTHER MINISTERS ARE SAYING
The following quotes were obtained as part of quarterly surveys that Before It Begins completes with every pastor that is utilizing our restorative services. All of these quotes are from current Missionary Church pastors. Each pastor has given permission to be quoted anonymously and has expressed their general encouragement for all Missionary Church pastors to utilize Before It Begins services.
“I’ve never felt more loved and free”
“Just knowing someone cares and is going to call me later this week makes all the difference in the world”
“I can’t remember when I’ve had this much growth in my life”
“I’ve been looking for someone for years that I could share my struggle with, but couldn’t find anyone that I felt safe to trust, until I called Before It Begins.”
“My advocate has helped me understand how to engage in spiritual warfare in my pursuit of freedom from pornography”
WHO SHOULD CONTACT BEFORE IT BEGINS
Pastors interested in learning more about Before It Begins seminars and discipleship programs for your church.
Pastors who want more information on the best online resources to educate and equip the church to respond to the threat of pornography. Note: A brief list of resources is provided at the bottom of this webpage
Pastors who want more information about the Advocate Program (confidential personal support and accountability)
FOR PASTORS IN NEED OF SUPPORT
For those pastors who are already struggling. . . who want help, but just do not know where to safely go. . . we implore you to call Before It Begins. Here is what you can expect:
- You will not be required to give you name or location
- We will listen with understanding to your situation
- We will recommend the personal care program that is best for you (access to personal and confidential advocate and counseling, if necessary)
You are not alone. You are not without hope.
CALL TO ACTION
CONTACT BEFORE IT BEGINS
We encourage all pastors to take advantage of the free resources available to you and your church.
The health of our church family depends on our leaders taking a proactive approach to the threat of pornography.
All Before it Begins programs are 100% confidential and free for pastors
PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER GIVING
MCUSA has made a strategic and financial commitment to bring the Before It Begins Initiative to the Missionary Church. However, the ongoing sustainability of this important initiative will be dependent on financial donations from Missionary Church regions, districts, local churches, and individuals. Would you prayerfully consider giving to this important initiative? Any funds contributed from within the Missionary Church will go towards program administration, advocates, counselors, and other expenses that will be used exclusively for Missionary Church leaders. At your request, Before It Begins is able to present program details to your region, district, or local church.
Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time by Stephen Arterburn
Clean: A Proven Plan for Men Committed to Sexual Integrity by Douglas Weiss
True Sexual Morality by Daniel Heimback
Addiction and Virtue by Ken Dunnington
Making All Things New by David Powlison
Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexualityby Nancy Pearcey
Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing by Jay Stringer
Redeeming Sex by Debra Hirsch
How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex: A Lifelong Approach to Shaping Your Child’s Sexual Character by Stan Jones and Brenna Jones
The Utter Relief of Holiness by John Eldridge
Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction by Mark Laaser