Joint Missions Initiative Helps Church, Colleges Become Mission-Active

WASHINGTON (Christian Newswire)—Most Christians recognize that spreading the Gospel is an essential part of their faith, but figuring out how to integrate missions into individual churches, Christian colleges and other organizations can be challenging. That is why two mission agencies have teamed up to launch a program to help Christian leaders chart mission plans for their organizations.


World Gospel Mission, a missionary-sending agency based in Marion, Ind., is partnering with The Mission Society to provide a resource called Global Outreach Weekends. Based on the Bible verse Acts 1:8 “And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” these two-day seminars work with pastors and leaders to determine a mission plan for their particular church or institution.


“One college we are working with is struggling to help students realize that just because they don’t feel called to international missions doesn’t mean they get a pass on the Great Commission,” said Todd Eckhardt, director for Partnership Development. “They want to broaden the emphasis of their mission week to include all areas of missions, not just international.”


The Acts 1:8 model translates “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth” into local ministry in a church or college’s city, ministry in the United States, outreach to an unloved people group and international missions—all of which are necessary to give a full understanding of missions. This model encourages churches and institutions to partner with a variety of organizations.


“The Global Outreach Weekend is just the beginning,” Eckhardt said. “It’s the start of reshaping the missions focus and helping congregations or students understand that a mission isn’t just something that can be pushed to the side.”


World Gospel Mission welcomes the opportunity to help churches and institutions develop missions programs. For more information, please contact Todd Eckhardt at (765) 671-7210.


About World Gospel Mission

World Gospel Mission disciples believers to become mission-active Christians. As an interdenominational missionary organization, WGM partners with individuals, small groups, college groups and churches to intentionally address the physical and spiritual needs of individuals and communities.

James P. Long
James P. Long

James P. Long is the editor of Outreach magazine and is the author of a number of books, including Why Is God Silent When We Need Him the Most?