"Faith that is not generous is not genuine!" -- anonymous
Three elements typify the planning behind successful Faith Promise Conventions and Missions Conferences:
Oswald J. Smith (1889-1986) was a Canadian pastor and evangelist who enthusiastically supported world missions. Although he pastored congregations in Chicago and Los Angeles he is best known as the founding pastor of The Peoples' Church, a large congregation in greater Toronto. Smith's vision in Toronto was to raise up a church whose principal core value would be the spreading of the Good News of the gospel around the world. To that end, the historic vision statement of The Peoples' Church says, "Taking Christ to the Nations," a statement that is very close to the mission statement of the Church of the Nazarene: "Making Christlike disciples in the nations."
Early in his ministry, Rev. Smith was captivated by a missions fund-raising concept developed by A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Calling his idea "Faith Promise," Simpson wanted to move churches away from taking occasional big offerings for missions to getting people to commit to weekly or monthly gifts to World Evangelism. Oswald Smith took that concept to Peoples' Church and made that congregation into Exhibit "A" of what could be accomplished in one local church through such systematic giving to world evangelism.
Oswald Smith was also a poet, hymn lyricist, and author. Among the best known of his songs are "The Glory of His Presence," "The Song of a Soul Set Free," and "Then Jesus Came".
"Why should anyone hear the gospel twice before everyone has heard it once?" is a question Oswald Smith often asked as he spoke of his passion for world evangelism. As he urged people to give money to missions he was fond of saying: "You must go or send a substitute." [ more missions slogans ].
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