We are united under Christ as one body, with different parts, all working together to form something beautiful – the Church, made up of broken yet redeemed people (1 Cor. 12:12-31). In life and ministry, our focus is on being in relationship with those God brings along our path (John 9:1-7).
Holistic Ministry – Luke 4:43, Mark 1:41, 1 John 3:16-18 – We believe that followers of Jesus Christ obey His Great Commission through holistic living and ministry. Community member missionaries live out their testimony and relationship with Jesus Christ by working in the community, in response to community-defined felt needs. We encourage our current and future staff to engage these needs.
Face Time – Matt. 19:14, Mark 6:31, Luke 10:38-42 – The heart of our staff is to deliberately spend as much time – “face time” – with First Nations friends, individuals and families as possible. We view ministry, and carry it out, through this relational lens.
Incarnational Ministry – John 1:6-14, Phil. 2:5-11 – We want to partner with local believers as much as possible. This means focusing less on property and programs, which require significant human and financial resources, and focusing on being in community, whereby all believers can equally share the Gospel.
Native Leadership – 2 Cor. 11:22-28, Phil. 3:5, Rom. 11:17-24 – Native Christian leaders are increasingly giving shape to NAIM from an Indigenous Christian worldview, which directly influences the growing Native church.
Healthy, Peer Relationships – 1 Peter 2:2, Heb. 5:12-14, Heb. 6:1-3 – All people are created equal under God, and each individual and community has unique insights and abilities to further His work in the world today. We strive to exemplify healthy, loving, and God-honoring relationships with one another.