Peter M. Kairuz
In 1994 Gordon Robertson of CBN Asia together with Dr. Miguel Alvarez of Asian School of Christian Ministries gathered with a number of Filipino Pastors to talk about Asia's and the Philippine's great needs. They laid the cornerstone for what is now the Asian Center for Missions.
As they walked though the planning dynamics, Gordon Robertson was convinced that Dr. Alvarez and he would have to decrease and the presence of the Filipino Evangelical community increased. It was only appropriate that an Asian Center be owned by and be representative of the broader Asian Church.
Along this line, they established a board of directors representing the entire Filipino body of Christ. They invited leaders from key Filipino ministries, as such, today the Asian Center for Missions (ACM) is owned by Asians for Asia.
The Asian Center for Missions (ACM) was launched in 1995 to reap the last and greatest harvest of the field of the world. ACM is the missions arm of CBN Asia (Christian Broadcasting Network Asia) and is duly SEC registered non-stock, non-profit Philippine corporation accredited with the PCNC. (accreditation no. 080-2004).
ACM is guided by the vision that the Philippines will become a righteous nation and serve as a launching pad of the gospel in Asia and beyond.
ACM is a servant of the Filipino Body of Christ in the aspect of missions. All that God entrusts to us is meant for the benefit of the Church pursuant to the vision. ACM works not in competition but in cooperation with members of the body of Christ. In this respect, ACM adheres to unity of the Body.
We believe in God's unique design of the Filipino race and the historical orchestration of events in the spiritual growth of our people. ACM recognizes the diversity of giftings in the Body and works with each member accordingly. ACM is a team effort from within and without, purposefully allowing each one to be utilized according to the Maker's design and plan. ACM believes in providing support but not to the extent that we create dependency and fuel a mendicant spirit among believers.
ACM's rationale for being is to provide cross-cultural ministry courses and help facilitate deployment of those who have been called by God to become "goers" in close partnership with the local churches of these individuals. ACM intends to provide excellent tools for the missionaries trained to help them in becoming viable witnesses among the unreached people groups (UPGs). ACM recognizes the function of technology in helping achieve the goals of ministry and therefore pursues full utilization of it.
Above everything else, ACM is to be a model of Christ-likeness in all of it's undertakings and relationships because only through being such will God be truly honored and ACM can rightfully bear His Name.
History of missions up to the present shows us that from reaching the coastlands then the interiors, today’s focus is towards reaching the different ethno-linguistic people groups in the 10/40 Window. This geographical location is home to thousands of least reached peoples (LRPs) who have never heard the Gospel, seen or read a Bible, or met a born again Christian. Furthermore, this densely populated part of the world is also a place covered in deep spiritual darkness as major world religions claim their origin and bastion in the 10/40 Window.
Mission preparation involves the training of the whole person, hands and feet. For training to be effective it must be highly instructional, inspirational, interactive and experiential. But for it to have the greatest impact it must be transferable. Missionary training is life-changing and life-shaking.
Caring relationship and community is vital for the long term effectiveness of missionaries to the LRPs which include working hand in hand with local churches in providing care and assistance for missionaries. Through such relationship the world (LRP) will know that we are His disciples.
ACM recognizes the diversity of gifts in the Body and works with each member accordingly. ACM is a team effort from within and without, purposefully allowing each one to be utilized according to the Maker's design and plan. ACM believes in providing support but not to the extent that we create dependency and fuel a mendicant spirit among believers.
Passion for mission is not an option, it is a must. Mission history shows that such passion to reach the lost at any cost moved thousands of missionaries from all over the world to leave their comfort zones and find their life’s meaning and joy in living in far flung countries to live among people of different language, economic status, culture and ethnicity to show and share God’s love. Such obedience is in no doubt fueled by a consuming passion for God.
ACM aims to follow the model of Christ in leadership and service especially in the area of mission education and training. ACM will lead by serving and serve by leading people within and without. In doing so, others will be empowered and the Lord of the harvest will be glorified. ACM serves the Body of Christ here and abroad in the area of missions.
ACM serves in the context of vertical relationship which means with God and horizontal relationship which means with people. We desire to develop long-term relationship with individuals, such as trainees and partners; as well as institutions like churches and missions organization through consistent practice of righteousness, openness, mutual accountability and transparency. Our contribution to the body of Christ is more acceptable to God and more meaningful to us when we honor the Lord in our daily conduct.
Since the only constant thing in our world is change, ACM is keen to adapt with the changing times. We accommodate flexibility to pursue collaborative and creative approaches to mission in all our processes.
Someone said that excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. The Bible went a little further by saying that “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3.23) since mission is from and unto the Lord, and its motivation is eternal life, it is therefore imperative that ACM pursue excellence. The Psalmist said, “How excellent is your name o Lord”. Our efficiency and effectiveness must reflect our pursuit of excellence in all aspect of our ministry recognizing the excellence of the Name of the Lord.
Asian (World) Center for Missions, Inc. is a Christ-centered institution. The Board of Trustees, along with the faculty and staff of the Corporation, are committed to an evangelical interpretation and application of the Christian faith. The Corporation emphasizes the fruit, gifts, and ministries of the Holy Spirit. It is expected that all trustees, officers, administrators, and members of the faculty will subscribe to these statements in writing: