Purpose & Ministry Summary
By God’s grace, OMS International exists to establish responsible, reproducing Christ-centered churches among the nations.
Our four-fold purpose to accomplish this is:
- Intentional Evangelism?leading people to commit their lives to a life-changing relationship with Jesus
- Church Planting?encouraging, empowering and supporting new believers in Christ to form vital, thriving and life-changing churches
- Training National Leaders?training leaders in both our formal and non-formal Bible schools and seminaries worldwide so that the future leaders of the national churches will be nationals
- Partnerships?coming alongside other mission agencies, ministries and churches in the countries we serve to show the world that Christians can work together through strategic partnerships to help spread the Gospel
In a departure from most missionary-based ministries of the early 20th century, OMS, from its inception in 1901, has emphasized the training of nationals as church leaders and workers—believing that they, the sons and daughters of a nation, could best win that nation for Christ.
OMS International began ministry in Japan in 1901 as the Oriental Missionary Society. In the 1970s, we changed our name from the Oriental Missionary Society to OMS International to reflect our global ministry.
Today, OMS ministers in more than 40 countries throughout Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. OMS-related churches now number more than 7,000, with a combined membership in excess of one million people.