OUR STORY

First Mennonite Church was founded in 1824. The Anabaptist movement was in full motion, and a group of young pietists were sent to our area for the first time to establish a Mennonite community.

In those early years this new community became known as a people who genuinely loved one another and loved their neighbor, a value we still aspire to today.

Over the years, First Mennonite Church has baptized men and women, new members have been born, old ones died, we’ve built buildings, and watched them burn down.  At the end of the day we are are simply a community bound together by our pursuit of following the man, Jesus. In Him, we find our identity, and our mission.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Team India
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We have a team of believers working to make disciples and found new churches throughout India, but due to increasing persecution in the areas where are people work, we are not at liberty to share details here.  Inquiries concerning any details about our work in India may be made at [email protected].

Todd Kinkaid
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The Kincaids have been in the ministry (full-time for the most part) since 1991. From 1991-2003 we were missionaries in three different locations: Haiti, France, and Uganda, East Africa. During their years of mission work in these fields, God always seemed to move them toward training leaders and laying foundations for new works. In 2003, the Kincaids returned to the U.S. to accept the call to the pastorate of a new church in Proctorville, Ohio — Sanctuary of Grace.

​Their eleven years leading a local assembly taught them much. Todd served 7 years as senior pastor and then as one of the four elders as the church transitioned to a new leadership model. They were used of the Lord to help lay the foundation for this new local assembly.

While leading the church in Ohio, the Kincaids remained very actively involved in missions. They led numerous short-term teams to places like Uganda, Cuba, Nepal, and North Cyprus and worked to help spearhead a new, indigenous work in India (Ethne Bible Center). They also pioneered the birthing of a new mission network, Ends of the Earth Network, which is already making an impact among the nations for the Kingdom.

​Since April 2014, the Kincaid family has been ministering in Rome, Italy. Their main focus is working with migrants and refugees; they co-manage a migrant center with other missionaries, where they offer language lessons and other services in order to build relationships for the sake of the gospel with people from many different countries.

The work is growing and they are continually looking for effective ways to minister to those who have had little or no exposure to the gospel. Through the immigrant work in Rome, there is potential to reach a great number of unreached people groups from south Asia, the Middle East, North and West Africa, etc.

The Kincaids have three children—one of whom, Madison, 13, lives with them in Rome. The older two –Michael, preparing for full-time missions; and Adam, 18, currently preparing for University in the fall of 2019–are living in the USA.

Christie and Todd both received their education from Marshall University (Christie, Bachelor in Music Education; Todd, Bachelor work) and Luther Rice University & Seminary (Christie, Master in Counseling; Todd, Bachelor in Biblical Studies and Master of Divinity).

Laddie Smith
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In addition to being involved personally in the work in both India and Italy, Laddie Smith serves in the United States as the Ends of the Earth Network (EE) liason. His role is mutli-faceted, including administration, shepherding and counseling ministry to those on the field, and point of contact stateside for all the various endeavors of EE throughout the world.

Laddie and his wife, Debi, live in Proctorville, Ohio and are members of Sanctuary of Grace Church.

OUR BELIEFS

Ends of the Earth Network is intentionally diverse; we embrace those from different streams of the Church who can agree on the core doctrines of the historic Christian faith. We aim to be a catalyst for reconciliation and unity in Christ’s Body, not sectarianism and division. Those who can unify around worship of the triune God, the vision of reaching our generation with the gospel through the multiplication of disciples, and agreement on the core doctrinal truths of historic Christianity will be welcomed to participate in this movement.

Above all, we want to be faithful to the admonition of the Scriptures. We long to see the prayer Jesus prayed in John 17:11-12 fulfilled:

Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.

Similarly, our hearts resonate with the prayer of the Apostle Paul for the church in Ephesians:

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3).

We do believe doctrine is important. We want to be faithful to the Scriptures. However, we don’t want our desire for doctrinal ‘purity’ to outweigh our love for our brothers and sisters (1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 1 John 4:7-21). Regardless of our doctrinal distinctions, we seek to love and show Christ to all:

• In essential beliefs — we have unity.

“There is one Body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” (Ephesians 4:4-6)

• In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty.

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22)

• In all our beliefs — we show love.

“…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” (1 Corinthians 13:2)

APOSTLES’ CREED

​We believe the Apostles’ Creed is a doctrinally sound barometer around which most followers of Christ can rally. The Creed developed from the “Rule of Faith” that emerged from the writings of several early Church Fathers. It was used as a summary of Christian doctrine for baptismal candidates in the churches of Rome.

The creed was designed as a statement of the essentials of the faith as espoused by the Apostles, although there is no assertion that it was crafted by any of the Apostles. Each of the doctrines found in it can be traced to statements current in the apostolic period. The earliest written version is perhaps the Interrogatory Creed of Hippolytus (ca. 215). It summarizes in relatively few words the broad sweep of Christian belief in a way that is easy to memorize.

It reveals the high value early Church leaders placed on the spiritual formation of baptismal candidates, a process that in some cases lasted three years. During this period of Church history, baptism could lead to persecution or even martyrdom. The creed was retained by Protestant Reformers such as Luther and Calvin in their liturgies, and in the liturgy of the Church of England.

It is widely used among Christians in modern times.

 

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic [meaning ‘universal’] Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)

 

We believe that the Body of Christ can rally around these foundational Christian truths and maintain other distinctions. We can have unity in diversity around the historical apostolic doctrines. For the sake of clarity and understanding, Ends of the Earth Network adheres to the following basic doctrinal understandings:

 

1. About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. From all eternity, He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit with no beginning or end. These three are co-equal and are one God. This doctrine is called the Trinity.

Genesis 1:1,26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

 

2. About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father. Jesus was conceived of a virgin, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sins by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15;

1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13

 

3. About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also dwells in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

 

John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17;

Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-14

4. About The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.

 

Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

 

2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Psalm 12:6; 119:105,160

5. About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God and are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

 

Part of our makeup as humans is that we are sexual beings. We realize that the mores of society are in constant flux on issues related to human sexuality.

 

However, we maintain that those seeking affiliation with this ministry must submit to the teaching of the Scriptures in regards to sexuality; in short, God has ordained sexual relations only within the context of a monogamous relationship between one man and one woman who are married. Anything falling outside of these guidelines is deemed sinful in the sight of God and unacceptable in terms of one’s relationship to this Christian ministry.

 

Genesis 1:27; Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:10-16; Psalm 8:3-6;

Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Matthew 5:27-28; 19:2-13;

Romans 1:26-27; 3:23; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Hebrews 13:4

6. About Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must receive it by faith. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. We must turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith to be saved.

 

Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. From the moment of salvation, the believer is to grow more and more to be like Jesus in the process of sanctification.

 

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; John 10:29; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1-7

1Corinthians 3:10-15; Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

 

7. About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.

To be eternally separated from God is Hell.

To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

 

John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9

OUR Core Convictions

Our convictions have great bearing on priorities, direction, and decisions. The following are our core convictions concerning the Great Commission, our role in seeing it fulfilled and our focus as a network and movement.

1. Our great, overriding passion and conviction is that God’s Name be displayed as great among the nations

(Malachi 1:11) and that Jesus must receive His due worship from every people group on the planet!

2. We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ, as expressed through the local church, is the hope of all the people groups of the world. The core issue in missions, therefore, is access to the gospel as expressed through a local fellowship of believers.

3. We believe the completion of the Great Commission is a binding obligation on the whole Church of Jesus Christ today. It is the duty of every local church to do its part to take the good news to peoples who have not heard and who do not have access to it. We believe God will always supply His church with sufficient resources (people, finances, etc.) to complete the task of the Great Commission.

4. We believe prayer to be foundational to all that the Lord desires to accomplish in the world. It is critical for those on the front lines of pioneer mission efforts to be covered and supported by regular, fervent intercession. Prayer, as one person has accurately stated, is not important to the work, “it is the work!”

5. Incarnational missions is essential. Although there may be some effective non-personal means of cross-cultural work, there is no substitute for living among a people, teaching the Gospel to them, and living out faith before them. God sent his own Son to became flesh and dwell among us (John 1:1, 14; 3:16). In many of the contexts in which we seek to work, “tentmaking,” that is, working as a paid professional in some capacity in the host culture, will likely be necessary for those who go cross-culturally as missionaries.

6. We believe the primary focus of the Great Commission is on peoples or people groups (panta ta ethne = “all ethnic groups”), not geo-political countries as they are known today.

7. We believe church planting is the primary work in missions. Establishing vibrant local fellowships of Christ-followers is the primary means of fulfilling the Great Commission as taught in the Scriptures and should, therefore, be a priority in our efforts to reach the unreached. We believe this to be the New Testament model. It is in the context of the local fellowship that disciples are made, baptized, and the ongoing command of “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded” occurs. We are not in the business of building buildings—our focus is discipling people!

8. We believe that the equipping of indigenous church leaders is critical to the multiplication of vibrant local fellowships and must accompany any discipleship movement. God gave gifted apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers to build up the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:11-12). We are called to mentor and equip such ministers.

9. We believe missions should be rooted in community. The Great Commission can only be fulfilled through cooperation of the Body of Christ throughout the world. There is no room for competition, territorialism, or personal, organizational, or denominational castle-building. We are seeking to build God’s Kingdom, not ours! We believe those who are sent out should do so in a team context. Having a team on the field gives automatic support, community, accountability, and other advantages. We will endeavor to send out teams as Jesus and the early church exemplified in the New Testament.

10. We believe true missions is costly. We live in a fallen world that is at enmity with God and opposes His truth; therefore, missions and suffering go hand in hand. Any advancement of the kingdom of Christ into the darkness will be met with warfare (Acts 26:17-18).

11. We believe mission efforts should be strategically focused. We must focus on what God has specifically called us to do. We cannot get involved in everything. Often, the good is the enemy of the best. We must strategically focus our efforts and see each commitment as part of an integrated whole of our vision.

OUR Affiliations

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