Did you know there are 6,000 unreached people groups, numbering nearly 3 billion souls? And by unreached, I don’t mean your neighbor across the street that hasn’t heard a clear gospel presentation, but could if you would cross the street. I’m talking about people who couldn’t find a Christian if they tried. I’m talking about people groups that have no witness of Christ at all, because there is no witnessing church. So how do we do it?
“How do we reduce the number of peoples sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death?”
The reality is that many churches have replaced vision for reaching the nations with a series of unrelated projects often failing to capture people’s hearts, minds and imaginations. Many have thought, “The more missionaries we can support, the more countries they work in, the better our missions efforts will be.”
Have you ever seen a world map in the foyer of a church with a pin representing each supported missionary? Though the intent of this effort is commendable, these churches and missions leaders are beginning to realize that
“There is massive disconnect between the 150 missionary units supported and the members of the church.”
The good news is that many of these churches are making a shift and have now developed a clear, focused, heart grabbing, Christ-centered missions vision that is rallying her members to grab hold of God’s Global Mission in a new way. What happened?
These churches have discovered five keys to building an effective missions effort for today.
1. Reduce Us To Our Proper Size: To Become More We Must Become Less.
2. Reduce Your Definition of Missions – To Reach the Unreached Our Definition of Missions Must Include Less.
3. Reduce Your Missions Vision – To Accomplish More We Must Attempt Less.
4. Reduce the Time – To Plant More Churches We Must Simplify Our Strategies.
5. Reduce the Size of Your Barns – To Increase Our Inheritance We Must Accumulate Less.
What about your church? How could you reduce for greater Kingdom impact? How could your church deploy focused, comprehensive strategies to,
“Shine forth the light of Christ among hidden, forgotten and marginalized peoples around the world?”
As missions leaders and mission teams who want to move from a supportive role to an active role in world missions we must no longer be content to simply respond to funding requests but work to be more strategic, as we release the time, talent and treasure through the local Church to Count for Zero!
Matthew Ellison is President of Sixteen: Fifteen and Church Missions Coach. Sixteen: Fifteen exists to help local churches discover and use their unique gifts in partnership with others to make Christ known among all nations. Find out more at www.1615.org or by the next Reduce Conference. REDUCe is a free one-day conference led by missions and church leaders, that unpacks these five keys for church leaders. Learn more HERE.