We are just a few weeks from wrapping up our summer ministry activities of speaking in camps and doing mission-focused events. Not only do these venues provide opportunity to share the gospel and to motivate others to join in the task of declaring Christ to those living beyond the reach of the gospel, these events bring an awareness to many believers who aren’t aware that there is a task to be completed. Recent statistics show that great numbers of our American church-goers never heard of ‘the Great Commission.’ Of course the task at hand is not labeled in the scriptures as such, although Christendom has named it accordingly.
The Barna Group conducted a poll on this and the results were startling. As you can see pictured, 51% of churchgoers never heard of the Great Commission; 25% recall hearing of it but are unsure of its meaning, while another 17% say they’ve heard of it but cannot define it. Another 6% are uncertain whether or not they ever heard of it.
As we launch our Fall recruitment efforts we are looking to connect with some of those churches who have little-to-no involvement with the work Jesus gave the church to do in making disciples among those outside the hearing of the gospel. While we sing “Bring Them In’ Jesus continues to say “GO.” …And while He says ‘go’ He promises to go with us.
While offering to assist churches in developing solid biblical strategies to engage the Great Commission effort, we are also ramping up our consulting and mentoring efforts with those sensing God’s leading in the motivation to serve. Please pray for us in this venture as well as in our work among schools and colleges.