Mobilizing churches for world evangelism

"So that all nations might believe and obey him." -- Romans 16:26

Hints for effective missions mobilization in local churches

  1. Team up with other people. You alone will not change the direction of a church.
  2. Do your praying for world evangelism in small groups, individually and as a family. [ more on prayer ]
  3. Practice what you preach. Make sure that people can look at your life and say, "He/she is sold out for God's global missionary purpose." [ more on passion ]
  4. Choose a few close friends and "disciple" or inspire, train and mentor them as missions mobilizers. This often will be more effective than trying to mobilize the entire church by yourself. Remember the leadership principle Paul gave in 2 Timothy 2:2: "Pass on what you heard from me . . . to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others" (
  5. Don't put "programs" before "changed hearts." It is only when our hearts are fully in tune with God that we can fully embrace what it is that He is embracing. [ Jonah's story ]

Missions goals for local churches: Purposes for missionary events and programs

  1. Prayer support
  2. Intentional involvement of children and youth
  3. Minimum of 10% of local church income going to world evangelism
  4. Ongoing programs of global missions education, inspiration, and mobilization

Mobilizing: The strategic choice

The late missiologist Ralph D. Winter has been quoted as saying that a believer can go or send or mobilize. However, he said, if you have a choice, then choose mobilization because it's a strategic contribution to missions if you can mobilize ten people to go in place of you as one.

"I feel I'm being led to begin a weekly missions class for the children of our church. Your web site has been so helpful! I'm trying to incorporate different country and cultural information for the kids, but also seeking info on missionaries for the kids to write, to make it personal."
    --Paula M., West Virginia, USA

SNU missions course materials and syllabi

Cultural Anthropology    Introduction to Missions    Linguistics    Missions Strategies    Modern Missionary Movement (History of  Missions)    Nazarene Missions    Church Growth and Christian Missions    Theology of Missions    Traditional Religions    World Religions
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