Mission Leaders Discuss Mobilization
I am in the Charlotte, NC airport returning from a week of meetings with the Ethne steering committee in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Thanks to you who were praying. This was very beneficial week of developing new relationships and establishing opportunities for future partnership.
Today, one fourth or 27% of the world has almost no access to the Gospel. The Ethne Group’s vision is “peoples joining together to glorify God among all peoples.” This group of mission leaders seeks to celebrate Great Commission progress, access current opportunities and resources, and accelerate movements. I was asked to join them because of Bethany’s missions training and sending experience and legacy. The leadership came from around the world (there were about 45 of us). What is so powerful about this group is that they are truly practitioners; all focused on reaching unreached peoples and encouraging initiatives, particularly church planting movements. They were planning and preparing for the Ethne Gathering to be held in Bogota, Colombia the first week of November.
Sub areas of emphasis were mobilizing workers, raising up young leaders, arts and worship, prayer, member/worker health, community development, and church planting movements.
I have also reflected on a working mission statement for Bethany during this week. In Isaiah 9:6-7 it is prophesied, “of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end.” You have heard me talk of this as the “everywhere, always” increase of God’s Kingdom. This passage ends up by stating the “zeal of the Lord God Almighty will accomplish this.” So many people speak of “finishing the task.” I have to honestly admit that I don’t know how that really happens since there are always new generations coming along. However, the task that can increasingly move toward fulfillment is mobilizing a sustaining witness of the Gospel of the Kingdom among all nations, tribes, peoples, and languages. Doing that is our part in the process. So, in fairly straightforward terms, we serve to increase God’s Kingdom by mobilizing disciples of Jesus and the church worldwide to reach the unreached wherever they are found. This is not just a one time event; it is a strategically sustainable process of gathering together God’s people, equipping them to minister as Jesus ministered, and going where people have not heard.
This just can’t be done alone. We must work with others, being faithful in what God has called us to do. There is a great interest among the Ethne “members” for Bethany International to work together with them in mobilizing workers. There is strong agreement with our definition of mobilize: create awareness, recruit, train, send, and support for a sustainable, strategic and effective witness. I see that we are entering a season of serving the body of Christ as seen in the mission community in our calling to pray, train, and go!Submitted by Dan Brokke, President of Bethany International