local-church-global-mission-570x375-585x384Start Local
Look at where you are as a church geographically. Are there any particular people groups around you? Who is already being reached, and who isn't? Many of the international students coming to New Zealand are from areas that may be unreached. Find out who is working amongst these people and get actively involved. International Student Ministries (ISM- www.ism.org.nz) is a good place to start.

Build on existing links
Recognise New Zealand as a mission fi eld. Your local school probably has a student exchange link or there may be a connection already with your twin town(s) or city(ies). Build on those links, use the relationships to reach others. Take the opportunities to engage with your community and the 200 years of the Gospel coming to New Zealand. Have a look at the resources on www.shininglights.co.nz.

Pray for unreached groups or nations
Use resources to help you and your church begin to pray for unreached groups or nations. The Joshua Project www.joshuaproject.net produce videos, prayer cards, mobile apps, and an 'unreached people of the day' by email, facebook or twitter. And Operation World have produced a document How to pray for unreached groups/nations found at www.operationworld.org/free-prayer-enhancing-resources

Raising mission awareness
Most people don't decide against mission, they just never get around to it. We are all called to share the gospel and need help to think through how we will specifi cally respond to this calling on our lives. GC3 has resources like a Missions Team Toolkit to help you raise awareness and facilitate your missions involvement and links with mission partners. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .nzfor more information. Invite Russell Thorp This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to bring motivational teaching and visioning tools to help you explore shaping fresh strategies. Take a look at what is already on our website www.gcim.org.nz/index.php/resources/tools-for-churches

Support those considering mission
Encourage those who are thinking about cross-cultural mission work, either short-term or longer term. Maybe start a group to bring people together to support one another in the process of considering mission? Include in this the challenge to consider the unreached areas of the world.

GC3 wants to recommend to you a whole church resource Count for Zero1, a six week study and sermon series that informs and motivates participants to be actively involved in the mission of God.

During the six weeks of the study we hope that you will be captured by the vision of a world that is increasingly being reached with the message of the love and forgiveness of Jesus. Our prayer is that by the time your church completes this course:

1. You will know, from Scripture, what God's direction is for the global Church.

2. You will know the task remaining in each element of the Great Commission.

3. You will commit to use your infl uence, expertise, and designated giving to make a difference.

The resource consists of a participants (and leaders) guide for six studies with six sermon outlines. There is also a 15-20 minute video to watch for each of the studies.

For more information and a copy of the material contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Russell Thorp (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021481088). Russell Thorp, Missions Director

1 We have permission to use this material; Copyright © 2014 by Issachar Initiative

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