May 26, 1995
[Below, see the note by Leonard Tuggy!]
GCOWE 95 NOW HISTORY -- They came together from all over the world -- 186 nations to be exact. It was called the Global Consultation on World Evangelization -- and global is right! Our count revealed 3293 delegates plus a total of 827 guests, intercessors, staff and volunteers resulted in 4120 individuals gathered for one and only one purpose -- to glorify God and hasten the evangelization of the world in which we live. May 17-25 won't be soon forgotten, whether in Korea or in parts far flung. What themes will be remembered??? Among them will be ...
When we were serving in the Philippines some years ago, we learned what I felt was an important lesson by observing the results of two programs which had contrasting philosophies. The first program was the "Christ the Only Way" movement, which was a saturation evangelism strategy to reach the Philippines for Christ. A well-known parachurch organization sponsored this program for several years and sought to enlist churches, denominations and missions to come aboard and adopt the strategy that they laid out for all of us. There was fruit from this effort, but in the end there was some disappointment with the results.
The second program, which came along a few years later, was the Discipling A Whole Nation (DAWN) program, led by Jim Montgomery (who had also worked in the first program). I remember well joining Jim and Dr. McGavran in a series of conferences in the Philippines, launching this program in 1980. The difference in this program was that it was an effort to enlist as many churches, denominations and missions as possible to commit themselves to the stated goal, which was "a church in every barangay (village or district) by the year 2000." That would be a total of 50,000 churches. This program is still going on, and excellent progress has already been made in reaching the goal.
Seminars were given in connection with DAWN instructing churches and groups how to set goals and develop strategies, but the actual work of doing these things was left to the churches, denominations and missions themselves. The result was a unity as far as the overall goal was concerned, and diversity as far as individual strategies were concerned.
Thinking about this reminded me of the contrast between communism and capitalism in economic theory. Communism with its strong emphasis on centralized planning of the economy sounds so efficient, but it doesn't work, primarily because a large economy is so incredibly complex that centralized planning can't handle it. On the other hand, capitalism seems to be so "messy," yet it seems to work with its singleminded goal of making a profit.
Maybe the best thing that could come out of GCOWE would be a deep commitment of all involved to the goal of "A church for every people by the year 2000," a better understanding of all that need to be done to accomplish this, and the establishing of networks of communication and cooperation to enable all participants to keep informed and focused on the goal until it is accomplished.
Praying for you and the conference,
May Dr. Tuggy's dream come true!!!
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