Naomi and I had a great time meeting with ministry colleagues (old friends and new friends) at the United Pastors Network in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I would just say to anyone reading who is in vocational ministry, this is always a great conference and I would encourage you to attend next year. More information: www.unitedpastorsnetwork.com.
I was privileged to co-chair a workshop on “The Missions-Minded Church” with Pastor Robert Barriger, founder of Camino de Vida in Lima, Peru. During this session I mentioned that we have a timeless commission – preach the gospel to every person (Mark 16:15) and make disciples of every nation (Matthew 28:19).
There are, however, some important new missions realities:
- A thrilling development is that the entire church worldwide is now taking ownership of the Great Commission. Some of the most exciting, innovative missions initiatives are now coming from beyond the Western world. The old paradigm was sending nations and receiving nations. The new paradigm is “from everywhere to everywhere.”
- The proclaiming of the gospel and planting of churches is increasingly in a hostile environment. Almost one in every three Christians worldwide is suffering some level of persecution for his or her faith in Jesus Christ.
- This resistance has not stopped the growth of the church, at least in most places. There is great receptivity to the gospel as the church continues to break into more and more previously unreached peoples.
All our missions endeavors flow from a longing to see Jesus personally known, devotedly loved, radically obeyed, and lavishly worshiped by redeemed people from every tribe, language, and nation. “Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts” (Isaiah 26:8).
David is the founder of Global Advance. Learn more at globaladvance.org.