go"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)

Matthew's Gospel ends with these words spoken by Jesus Christ.

As disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have been authorised by Him to make disciples of all the nations, not just our own nation, nor just the safe nations, but of all the nations. This mission of disciples making disciples for Jesus is the mandate given to all the church by the risen Lord Jesus. Our mission continues to the very end of the age, when Jesus personally returns.

We have the confidence to make disciples of all the nations because all authority has been given to Jesus and Jesus is still with us through His Holy Spirit.

Fact: In 2017 there are over 2 billion people on earth considered unreached. They will never hear the gospel unless someone goes to them, learns their language and speaks and embodies the gospel.

Read more: Therefore go and make disciples

imapct1The lives of countless people in five countries have been deeply impacted as a result of recent donations through GC Aid.

India – Chennai Floods
Can you imagine this? 1049mm of rain fell in Chennai over a few days in November 2015. As a result people drowned and thousands were forced to be relocated as deep water swirled through streets, homes and offices.

In total $35,500 was sent to relieve the suffering sustained by people in that community. Folk at CMCT did an extraordinary job in holistically meeting the needs of those so badly affected.

Read more: Many Communities Impacted

goIn spending some time with several of our churches working through being more strategic, I've learned a few things that will increase your churches global effectiveness in mission.

1. Be intentional and focused
When it comes to engaging in mission globally, many churches are simply carried along by whatever wave happens to pick them up. Some support a number of mission partners in numbers of locations doing a variety of ministries. Does the congregation know these workers? Does anyone have a connection to their ministry? Are these mission partners doing what they were sent out to do?

All too often, a church's global mission develops in isolation away from the mission and vision of the sending church. When an individual or a couple feels called to serve cross culturally, their calling is treated as personal and private. We need to remember this is God's mission through His Church. We rarely run these callings through the grid of the church's vision and focus.

Read more: How to Develop a Church Missions Strategy that Works

GC3 Today

  • Kevin & Liz, UK (Day 12)

    UK
    Temporary plans to fill the gap left by our departing youth worker at church have been put in place.  There is wide enthusiasm to recruit a replacement.  At present the church is having discussions as to whether the focus should be children's work, youth work, and/or community or families work as the best way ahead.  There is also a question around full or part time, as the applicants could be quite different depending on the hours offered. Please pray.

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