A recent Barna study found that 51% of churchgoers in the United States do not know what the Great Commission is, and though 25% retain some familiarity with the passage, they cannot recall its exact wording. That leaves just 17% of attendees who can articulate the essence of Jesus’ ultimate command.
This is a new era in world missions, one that requires fresh approaches to reaching the lost. No longer can we simply set up a church, invite people to come, and expect to reach a community with the gospel.
Encompass Global Worker Ralph Justiniano has been working with short-term mission teams for several years. Here are three of his challenges for those re-entering the lives they temporarily left.
At Encompass World Partners, we love it when we see local churches creatively celebrate global cultures and actively promote reaching the Nations with the Gospel.
According to the United Nations international communications agency, more than three billion people currently have access to the internet; that’s not just counting your great aunt Betty, but millions of people who have never met a Christian or heard the gospel.
Cross-cultural learning is not solely a Global Missions activity. It’s a relational investment that’s valuable in several different contexts.
In a variety of ways, the advance of social media and communications technology is positively impacting the Global Missions community. For Rob and Nichole Plaster, the biggest benefit is authentic connection.
Being able to connect with friends and family is not a new value. As social beings, we have always depended on various forms of communication to build our relationships. But, how we connect and communicate has changed dramatically in the last century. So, in tow with these new platforms, a curious question can be asked.
How has communication technology affected Global Missions?
This is a list of Encompass stories from around the world. God has worked mightily through his people in 2017! As you read through these articles, be sure to praise God for his grace among the Nations.