Find your role in the Great Commission.
We know churches may need help identifying how they can make disciples in their community, region and the world. Doug Williams and John Barnett work with pastors and church leaders to help them develop an “Acts 1:8” strategy that reflects the gifts and personality of their specific church.
Click the map to enlarge. Read more about mission strategies and training opportunities below.
Acts 1:8 Missions Strategy
Ensure that your congregation has a missions strategy that reaches your “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and ends of the earth.” This often looks like having local, statewide, national, and international missions projects. Contact Doug Williams firstname.lastname@example.org or John Barnett email@example.com (see map above to find your consultant) to learn more about developing or evaluating your church’s Acts 1:8.
International Team Leader Training
Leading an international mission trip is an incredible privilege. It’s also a major responsibility. Prepare yourself now by learning what to expect, how to plan your strategy, and how to manage those important logistics. Team Leader Training is open to any Kentucky Baptist planning to lead a mission trip or interested in learning more about leading a trip.
Technology in Missions
While every church should play a role in fulfilling the Great Commission, many aren’t aware that technology can help in doing so. Learn how to use technology to share the gospel anywhere, including remote areas where people have never heard about Christ.
4.5 billion people are unreached with the gospel. 154,937 people die daily without Christ. So many without the gospel, yet our world today is increasingly accessible to almost anyone, anywhere thanks to technology. There are now more cell phones on the planet than there are people. As believers, we must harness the technology of the day to reach more people with the gospel of Jesus. Despite the growing connection of the world, there are still “billions who can’t access God’s Word because of oppression, illiteracy, and limited electricity and internet.” This is where our new partnership with Renew World Outreach comes in.
Renew is a ministry which develops technology, training, and audio/visual equipment to help reach people in their heart language, anywhere in the world. They develop equipment such as solar video projectors, lightstream Wi-Fi hotspots, solar audio Bibles, and micro SD cards to share the gospel and make disciples of Jesus among the billions of peoples and places that are unreached. KBC Missions Mobilization Team is here to help you connect with technology resources that will leverage your gospel impact around the world, particularly among hard to reach peoples and places.
Send One More
In response to Scripture, churches should be intentionally sending their members. Sending them on mission trips, church planting efforts, ministry projects and disaster relief responses. We can reach our world with the gospel by putting the focus on how many we send rather than how many attend. Sadly, hundreds of Kentucky churches reported sending no one last year. Not one!
What is Sending?
Sending: the act of enlisting, equipping and mobilizing believers to engage the world with the gospel through:
- local community ministry
- short-term missions
- church planting efforts
- disaster relief work
- vocation as ministry
- long-term missionary service
Our God is a sending God. Nearly every time He speaks to someone in Scripture, He is sending them on a mission. From Abraham to Moses to Paul – to you – God’s people are always being sent into the world on mission. He sent His best and only Son into the world to save us. Jesus is referred to as “sent” 47 times in the New Testament. Clearly, God is a sender by nature.
In the Old Testament, He sent prophets, angels and the very special Angel of the Lord. In the New Testament, He sent not only angels, but John the Baptist, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, among others. Jesus sent the apostles, and He has sent us. After His resurrection, Jesus passed on His identity to His disciples: “As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).
The English word “mission” comes from the Latin word “missio,” which means “sending out or being sent out.” The word pertains to the sender as well as to the one being sent. Considering how many times in the Bible God sent people, we can assume the word mission applies to Him as well.
God’s nature is one of action; He is a sender. He calls people to participate in His work by sending them out to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). Send may be a small word, but it evokes big action.
The biblical foundation for living as a sent people on mission is loud and clear (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, John 20:21-22, Acts 1:8), and churches are expected to send their members out (Romans 10:15). A “sending church” equips its members to demonstrate the gospel every day in their workplaces, neighborhoods and schools and to be prepared to give an answer to those in our community who ask them to “give the reason for the hope that they have” (1 Peter 3:15).
It is our desire to help you and your church discover what it looks like to Send One More. We welcome the opportunity to help you and your church take the next steps toward obediently joining God in His mission.
Why Send More:
- God is a sending God! (Exodus 3:10, Jonah 1:1 & 3:1, 1 Samuel 16:1, Isaiah 6:8, Jeremiah 1:4-10, Matthew 10:5-8, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 4:18-19, John 1:6-9, John 3:16-18, John 20:21, Acts 9:10-18, Romans 10:15)
- In our post-modern culture, unbelievers will not come simply because we invite them or make ourselves attractive.
- Fulfills God’s command to “GO.” (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8)
- Multiplication efforts produce more results than addition.
- The presence of God accompanies those who send. (Genesis 12:1-3, Psalm 67:2, John 20:21)
- Jesus’ promises of “greatness” in the church are always related to sending. (John 16:7, John 14:12, Ephesians 4:11-12)
Benefits to the Sending Church:
- Improves health and vitality.
- Generates passionate and exciting worship.
- Stimulates revitalization and growth.
- Develops disciples.
- Places emphasis on people, not buildings or budgets.
- Turns focus outward, rather than inward.
- A greater Kingdom harvest because more seeds are sown.
“Here am I. Send me.”
We often repeat Isaiah’s words in church, but it’s harder to follow through with action. If you feel compelled to “go,” plan to attend one of our iGo Workshops to prepare for obedience to God’s call.
These workshops will also help pastors, church staff and missions leaders to …
- Consider motivation for going locally and globally
- Discover how going benefits your local church
- Explore resources and diagnostic tools
- Develop a strategy and determine next steps for your church
- Exchange missions ideas and practical applications for the local church
Share your “going” story
Going as a witness to our community, state, nation and world, is not an option, it is a mandate given to us by Christ himself.
Matthew 28:19-20 says that we should go into all the world and make disciples.
Acts 1:8 tells us that after receiving power, we will be His witnesses everywhere we go.
Given these and other scriptures that tell us to proclaim His name among the nations, going as a witness is something expected of Christ followers. It is not an option.
We don’t need to wonder IF we should go, because the Great Commission is very clear that we are to GO. The only question we should ask is, “Where?” God has gifted and equipped every follower to serve as His witness, and opportunities are everywhere.
So, where have you gone and what did God do through you or in you?
We invite you to tell others about your “going” experience by posting it to our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter @iGOdoYou and tweet to us using the hashtag #iGOdoYou. Telling your “going” story will encourage others to go, and the witness of Christ will be magnified. Be part of a movement that glorifies God.
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