Today, we are more globally connected than ever before. So why aren’t international missions more commonplace in the 21st century church ?
In his new book, When Missions Shapes the Mission: You and Your Church Can Reach the World (June 2011, B&H Publishing Group, 978-1-4336-7137-1, $14.99, Trade paper), veteran pastor and author David Horner addresses why most churches remain surprisingly insular. According to him, both a growing non-Christian population and waning support of global missions have created a critical disconnection between calling and response.
“The time has come for pastors to serve as conduits, not corks, to the magnificent ministry God intends for His people,” Horner says. “The time has come for each of us to ask the Lord to show us His heart and how we are to reflect it in the way we embrace His passion for His glory to be made known in all the earth.”
According to a news release, Horner is the founding pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, home to a thriving global missions ministry plugged into the needs of people in throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America – places that can truly be called the uttermost parts of the Earth.
Assessing the current state of affairs in missions support, he outlines what it means to embrace a vision for missions, laying out what Jesus called us to do, where and how He wants us to do it, and how to give missions its proper place in the church.
Findings from his survey of 120 missions-focused churches helped him define 10 best practices for churches desiring to put missions at the heart of ministry. When Missions Shapes the Mission reveals an anemic level of commitment to the biblical mandate of making Christ known around the world.
“Let’s dream a godly dream, says Horner. “What if you committed to step up and lead your church in the pursuit of becoming a mission-focused church? Then, what if you invited ten of your pastor friends to join you in the effort—and each of them did the same? What would happen to the available missions force beginning right here in the West?”
In When Missions Shapes the Mission he challenges other pastors to radically assign their best leadership and resources to missions as he looks at where the church is today, how it got there, and where we must go from here.
David Horner is the founding and senior pastor of Providence Baptist Church (www.pray.org ) in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also the author of Firmly Rooted, Faithfully Growing and A Practical Guide for Life and Ministry and speaks overseas each year in various mission contexts. Horner and his wife Cathy have three married sons all of whom have shared in numerous international missions trips with them. David and Cathy now also have three grandsons.
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