“For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12
E412 Ministries launched as a non-profit in August, 2008. The ministry’s name evokes Ephesians 4:12, which calls us “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” This compelling verse forms the vision of this new ministry; our vocation is to be “equippers.” It is our prayer that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, our teaching will encourage and re-energize disciples of Christ, both lay and ordained, to evangelize and disciple others to answer Christ’s call to “go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19a). We hope our efforts will create a multiplying effect to build His Kingdom.
While attending the New Wineskins Conference in the Spring of 2007, Carol and Clark Smith received a call to missions and full-time ministry. They have since sold their business and down-sized their home. Abraham was called by God in Genesis 12 to pack up and go before he knew where the Lord was leading him. As home-based missionaries, they live in a "tent packing" stage and are always ready to go where the Lord calls to build Christ’s Kingdom.
After preparing themselves through bible study, short-term mission leaders training, education in healing prayer, leading a team of 31 parishioners on a short term mission to build homes in Juarez with Gateway Mission Training and attending the GAFCON conference in Jerusalem, they incorporated E412 Ministries. Since the ministry was launched in 2008, they have ministered in 16 countries leading over 35 missions.
Carol Rogers Smith serves on the board of the American Anglican Council. Clark Smith serves on the boards of SAMS, New Wineskins Missionary Network and has served on the board of SOMA.
The logo for E412 was designed as a gift from graphic artist Anissa Manzo, a member of Christ Church, Savannah just before she left for South Korea. The boat was a sign of the early church as seen in pictographs. Many designs and references to our worship spaces use nautical terms, such as nave. Certainly the Gospel should be housed in a moveable vessel. The red banner depicts the gift of the Holy Spirit from the day of Pentecost.