Most churches and organizations adapted or “pressed pause” on global missions work last year due to the pandemic. Yet, according to Barna researchers, the overall perspective on how to practice missions and global evangelism began shifting even before then, especially among younger generations.
“Christians as a whole are biblically illiterate; they don’t know what the Bible even says about being a disciple-maker,” Keys for Kids Ministries Executive Director Greg Yoder says.
“When you go into a local church, and you say the word ‘missions,’ you get a blank stare from 91% of the people sitting in the pews because they instantly say ‘I’m not a missionary.’ But the reality is, we’re all called to be disciple-makers.”
Keys for Kids helps kids and teens engage with God’s Word through daily print and audio devotionals. Action steps encourage young people to share the Gospel.
Yoder says proclaiming this truth, along with humanity’s need for a Savior, distinguishes so-called “faith conversations” from evangelism.
“Jesus called us to be His mouthpiece, to be His ambassadors,” he states.
“It’s ultimately the Word of God, the good news of Jesus Christ, that transforms lives – not just a religious story.”
Yoder adds that families can be disciple-makers and live out Christ’s Great Commission call without changing their address. “What is missions? No, it’s not going around the world,” he says.
“It’s talking to your next-door neighbor about Jesus. It’s talking to your family members about Jesus.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that the Holy Spirit will do a work in your family. Ask the Holy Spirit to change our minds about missions and Christ’s Great Commission calling.
- Learn where you can begin getting involved today. Search for prayer opportunities, or consider giving to support ministry efforts.
- Look for Gospel opportunities around you. Consider taking your family on a short-term missions trip.