1. Develop World Christians Among Members
Qualities of a “World Christian”
- Understands God’s Biblical basis for missions (God’s global purposes)
- Takes a basic course like Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (academic preparation)
- Is alert, motivated, and equipped to reach out to “strangers” in our midst (local involvement)
- Actively prays for the expansion of the kingdom outside of our community
- Serves on a short-term project among the unreached (cross-cultural experience)
- Recruits and supports long-term cross-cultural workers and other projects
2. Strategically Impact the World for Christ
Effective strategy is identifying and prioritizing the most effective approaches to accomplish a goal; it leads to putting more resources toward the highest impact activities and fewer resources toward lower priorities. The more difficult part of developing a strategy is planning to stop the “good” in order to initiate the “best” approaches to accomplish a goal.
The temptation for churches is to make decisions on allocating time and money resources based on what is best for the church rather than what is best for impacting the world for Christ. For example, a church may want to develop its young people by having them go on a mission trip. This may be a good activity, but normally the most effective method of impacting others is not done through short-term projects with inexperienced people. This idea may be a good one, but is more like a discipleship conference for young people than a mission project. It should be promoted and paid for like a discipleship conference not a missions project. Churches may at times need to subordinate their own desires (even good ideas) in order to do what is most effective to reach the unreached.