Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
ITEC exists to inspire Great Commission participation (Matthew 28:19-20). But what exactly does that mean?
Maybe we should start with what it doesn’t mean… First, we recognize and openly admit that this mission is not original to ITEC, and it’s frankly not about us. In fact, it’s not about our organizational history, the Saint family story, a flying car, an innovative foldable dental chair, or a sustainable training trip abroad. Great Commission participation is about encouraging believers to obey and fulfill Christ’s command. It’s about you, and our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, answering the call He has placed on each one of our lives. It’s about the Gospel going to the far reaching corners of the globe for God’s glory!
We are so thankful that God has invited this small non-profit organization in Central Florida to participate in this way. We also want to invite you to join in this mission with us. Accomplishing this task that Christ gave to us will take all of us working together, and we couldn’t be more excited to be in the trenches with you.
The Great Commission is a daunting task. But it was given to all followers of Christ in Matthew 28.
While the Western church is seeing declining participation in cross-cultural missions, we are seeing Non-Western churches to this task. In fact, the number of Non-Western missionaries are increasing by 13% yearly! The indigenous church is crossing ethnic boundaries to share the Gospel. In many ways, they are already well equipped for the task because they speak shared languages and don’t appear to be outsiders.
This shift represents an opportunity for the Western church to encourage, equip, and partner with the majority world church in this task.
At ITEC, we want to help Christ followers understand that God has gifted every believer to participate in the Great Commission.
Our goal is to eliminate the potential for dependency by partnering with, training alongside, and learning from the indigenous church. This interdependency is a concept found in passages throughout the Bible, and directly in 1 Corinthians 12.
At ITEC we focus on three areas:
Developing tools and training programs for the indigenous church
Training national Christ followers
And Equipping others to do the same both domestically and abroad.
While we cannot accomplish these tasks alone, we lean heavily on God’s leading and the guiding of the Holy Spirit, as well as partnerships with like-minded organizations and churches around the world.
Headquartered in Florida, ITEC has a core staff of about 20 individuals and a growing group of volunteers. We also have a facility in Shell, Ecuador, with more than 15 Ecuadorian nationals working to advance the mission in their own country. While our team continues to grow, our ultimate goal is to share this mission and vision with church leaders, missionaries, and like-minded people in the United States and around the world.