Today we’re praying for a ministry that I haven’t heard of, but the more I read on their website, the more I liked them and what they’re about. MetaCamp is a participative, experiential training opportunity for discipleship, missions, and church-planting through discipleship and missions. Rev. Curtis Sergeant, the team leader, facilitates training experiences on their property in Dadeville, AL and on the road, taking it to organizations and churches.
On their homepage, they use a brief phrase which encapsulates the three core values of what they do, how they do it, and why. ObeyGC2 means to obey the Great Commandment (Matt. 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). Those three values are:
- Prioritize the areas of greatest need – whether that means unengaged, unreached people groups (there are 3,500 UUPGs out of the roughly 12,000 people groups in the world), or areas of greatest poverty, illness, injustice, or ignorance, etc.
- The work is congregation-centric. The way they describe this on their website is SO good. It’s something I’ve tried to express numerous times but couldn’t find the right words. Let me just share what they have on their website: “This is to say that the church in its local expression should be the central actor. This can obviously be a subset of a local church, but they act on behalf of the body. We are God’s representatives and it is in that role which we do anything of eternal value. The responsibility for meeting needs and doing God’s will in the world belongs to the church. Unfortunately, much that could be done and should be done but isn’t done is an indictment against the church. In many times and many places we have abdicated the responsibility which God has given us to be a blessing to every family on earth. We need to involve every follower of Jesus in living out this heritage. We are to be salt, light and leaven in this world. We should provide an example and be a good partner in working for good with both public and private enterprise, with faith-based organizations and any other men and women of goodwill which we can find. We are responsible to lead out and to do what we can as God’s representatives in our local communities and beyond.” (Can I get an AMEN??? That’ll preach right there!!!)
- The work is to glorify God. The basics for that is to have lives controlled by the Holy Spirit, unity among believers is essential, and all credit goes to Jesus for any good thing which is done.
24 Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness- 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.
God, You are worthy of our everything. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom of unending light and love. You reign in unattainable glory and splendor. We owe You everything we have and all that we are simply because of who You are.
Forgive us, Lord, for not giving our lives to follow the Great Command and the Great Commission. I pray that You would revive our hearts to live for the purpose to which You have called us – to know You and make You known, even to the uttermost parts of the earth. We have set our eyes on temporal things which drain us of life. Cause our eyes to be set on You, and to labor towards making the Gospel known, which is an eternal purpose and gives us life even as it brings others life. Lord, wake up Your Church, Your Bride, to reveal Your mystery to all the world. Use us to make known to the lost the glorious riches of Christ in us, the hope of glory. Give us courage and strength and humility to suffer for the sake of the Gospel.
We pray for MetaCamp, for Curtis Sergeant, his family, and all those who work with him. Continue to equip them with Your vision, Your wisdom, Your provision, and Your strength. Protect them from any who would try to come against this ministry and disrupt the work they are doing. Let them continue to proclaim You, and to admonish and teach everyone with all wisdom. (from v. 28) We pray that every person who has gone through this training program and everyone who will go through it will become a disciple-maker for the kingdom. Through their work, let the Body of Christ be built up here and around the world “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” (Eph. 4:13a)
Holy Spirit, raise up the Church to go to the least and the lost for the glory of Jesus Christ. Use ministries like MetaCamp to teach us how. Amen.