The concept for the Global Missions Toolbox is simple. Yet as we prepare for launch in 2021, we believe the initiative is strategic and timely. The Toolbox is a collection of practical and trustworthy missions resources for Senders. At this point, we have three groups of people in mind: Pastors, Missions Committee members, and Friends and Family of mission workers. Perhaps you, or someone that you know participates in the Great Commission in one of these roles. I’d like to take a moment to share with you why we are developing a Global Missions Toolbox, and why this is a priority for our team now.
Because we believe in the strategic role of Senders.
We firmly believe that some are a part of fulfilling the Great Commission by going cross culturally to share the Gospel and make disciples of the nations. We also believe that others are called to fulfill the Great Commission by faithfully sending. Senders are Christ-followers who may not live on the mission field themselves yet are earnest about making disciples of all nations. Senders support global missions prayerfully, enthusiastically, financially, and practically. The Global Missions Toolbox is primarily for Senders.
We are developing the Toolbox because Pastors have a strategic role as Senders. As pastors lead and shepherd their congregation, they have a particular opportunity to send members of their church to serve cross culturally. They also have the opportunity to develop a missional culture where congregants who live locally are a crucial part of sending mission workers globally.
We are developing the Toolbox because Mission Committee members have a strategic role as Senders. Missions Committee members are pouring their energy and passion into missions-minded efforts within their local church. This enthusiasm has a ripple effect that inspires the congregation to consider how God is calling them specifically.
We are developing the Toolbox because Friends and Family of mission workers have a strategic role as Senders. Friends and Family support Goers by offering encouragement, relationship, and consistency. As believers, we are meant to do life in community and this is particularly true of those who are separated by time and distance for the sake of the Gospel.
Because unity strengthens the Church.
There is a wealth of resources available to missions minded individuals. In initiating the Global Missions Toolbox, we wanted to make the most trustworthy and practical resources more accessible to Senders. Churches, missions agencies, and individuals have much to offer and when we share resources, this will greatly strengthen the church.
The Global Missions Toolbox is an avenue to share resources and participate in community as we mutually encourage one another.
Because over 3 billion people are still unreached with the Good News.
Ultimately, as we hope to equip individual Senders and the church as a whole, we are doing this with the 3 billion people who have no access to the Good News of Jesus in mind.
Romans 10:14-15 says â€œHow then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?â€
And how will they be sent to the nations unless there is some one to send? The great hope and aim both of those who send and those who will be sent is the same: that those who have not yet heard will hear of and believe in Jesus.
As we create and curate resources for the Senders, we do so with a long-term perspective of the work that the Holy Spirit is doing in equipping Senders, empowering Goers, and saving the lost and unreached.
The concept of the Global Missions Toolbox is one that our founder has wanted to pursue for several years now. God’s timing is perfect, and as we prepare to launch in 2021, we are excited to see how God will use these efforts. We believe that God is building his church locally and globally, and we pray that this project would align with the work that God is doing around the world.