Navajo Missions, Inc exists to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Navajo people, to disciple them to a life of worship and following Jesus and to build the Kingdom of God on the reservation.
Navajo Missions, Inc. (NMI) is an independent mission organization that ministers on the Navajo Reservation in northeast Arizona. NMI’s ministry focus to the Navajo people is to meet needs, evangelize with the gospel of Jesus Christ, disciple with the word of God and train to do the work of the church. This is done through two avenues. First, church planting through the work of NMI full-time missionaries. Secondly, supporting the work of the full-time missionaries through many short-term mission trips of various types. NMI partners with churches by offering opportunities for them to make ministry to the Navajo people an integral part of their stateside mission emphasis. Navajo Missions is committed to training its short term missionaries to be able to minister effectively.
A Brief History
In 1984 Navajo Missions began ministering on the Reservation in the northeast Arizona communities of Klagetoh and Wide Ruins. Over the years additional areas of ministry were begun at Cornfields in 2006, Burnside in 2009, Nazlini in 2010, Ganado and Steamboat in 2011 and Chinle in 2012.
Navajo Missions was founded by Gene and Shirley Kennedy from Eads, Tennesee in response to God’s calling. It operated under their leadership for many years along with Charles and Elaine Lowry from Olive Branch, Mississippi. In 2014 they passed on the leadership role to a board of directors led by Keith Stubblefield from Collierville, Tennessee along with three regional presidents in south Mississippi, north Mississippi and Shelby/Fayette counties.
Through the years churches and individuals from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana have joined in this ministry and more are continually being added. God has used many mission-minded people since 1984 to minister to Navajo through this mission organization.
The Core Beliefs Of Navajo Missions, Inc.
The Building Blocks To A Common Faith
We believe in the one true and living God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, and is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father is the head of the Godhead, and into His hands the Kingdom shall be delivered. The Son is the Promised Messiah of the Old Testament, Jesus Christ, who was born of the virgin Mary, hence the God-Man. He died on the cross to redeem man, rose again from the dead to justify the believer, ascended to the right hand of God where He intercedes for us, and in the Father's own time will return in visible, personal form to overthrow sin and judge the world. The Holy Spirit is the One sent to convict the world of sin and to regenerate and cleanse from sin. He is the resident Guide, Teacher, and Strengthener of the believer.
We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word Of God, wholly without error as originally given by God, and is sufficient as our only infallible rule of faith and practice. We deny that other books are inspired by God in the same way as the Bible.
SATAN AND SINFUL MAN
We believe that man was created innocent, that he was tempted by Satan and sinned; because of this, men have been born in sin since that time and are by nature children destined for the just judgment of God against sin. We believe that Satan is a personal devil who with his angels carries on the work of iniquity in the world. Sin is rebellion against God, and the result of sin is eternal separation from God.
We believe in the final resurrection of all men, just and unjust. We believe that those who commit their lives to Jesus Christ during this life will be raised to everlasting life in Heaven, but those who are not committed to Jesus Christ in this life will be raised to an everlasting separation from God and condemnation in Hell.
We believe that the New Testament Church is a voluntary association of baptized believers in Christ who have covenanted together to follow the teachings of the New Testament in doctrine, worship, and practice. We seek to perform the following purposes of the Church:
We believe that the only two Church ordinances are baptism and the Lord's Supper. We also believe that only those who are committed to Jesus Christ as Lord are scriptural subjects for baptism and that immersion is the only proper form of baptism. We believe that the Lord's Supper is a memorial to the Lord's death. The bread symbolizes His body, which was given for us. The fruit of the vine symbolizes His blood, which was shed for us. We believe the church is an organization led and served by pastors, elders, and deacons as determined by individual congregations.
We believe God has blessed every believer with at least one spiritual gift for the purpose of edifying the body of believers and serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Every member should be a minister, seeking to honor the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. The Great Commission calls all believers to win others to Christ and teach them to obey all things, which the Lord has commanded. The Great Commandment calls the believer to love the Lord with all of his heart, soul, and mind, and to love his neighbor as himself.
Worksheet provided for deeper study of our statement of faith.