Networking pastors from 200 countries around the world, this
Network is committed to carrying out this five-fold purpose:
Writes a pastor from India, "Our people need to believe and practice Ephesians 4:11-16. We also need to educate them that in order to be involved in the Lord's work and in the spreading of the gospel, one does not have to be a full-time missionary or evangelist. We all have to do the work of an evangelist wherever we are.... Since we are not able to bring people to our churches to give them the Gospel, we now need to take the Gospel to the market place, to our offices, schools, colleges, neighborhoods, shops, etc., We need to teach them creative means of sharing the Gospel and provide all the needed training and resources to do it."
Our laity are our "frozen asset" who need to be "defrosted." Moreover, if this world is ever to be evangelized, that can only be done by "ordinary believers who scatter the Word of God."
A questionnaire was circulated to over 460 pastors in different parts of the world. Among the 14 questions asked, there were those that sought answers to items such as current realities, likely trends, dreaming/vision, factors in favor or and against the fulfillment of the vision, setting up of priorities, long range plans, action plans and go forward structure. The responses revealed that a fair percentage of the churches have thought in terms of setting faith goals for AD 2000. Among the rest of them there was awakened in them a desire to make similar plans and to work towards implementing the same. One area of weakness was the lack of facilities, personnel and other resources to disciple new converts. The responses also indicated that an effective church, especially in the economically deprived countries, cannot afford to ignore its social responsibility. This of course, is in keeping with the expected result as noted in the Purpose Statement of the AD 2000 & Beyond Movement, namely, "the establishment of a mission-minded (not exclusively missions-minded) church-planting movement so that all peoples might have a valid opportunity to experience the love of Jesus Christ in fellowship with other believers."
More importantly, the responses revealed that the concepts of unreached peoples and of the responsibility devolving on local churches to adopt these unreached peoples (so as to establish a mission-minded church-planting movement among them) is gaining ground. Concern for reaching countries and cities is also being evidenced in a greater measure than ever before. Indeed, the climate for furthering the vision of the AD 2000 & Beyond Movement, namely, a church for every people and the gospel for every person by AD 2000, has never been more favorable than at present. Therefore, the Pastors Global Network, by enabling grace of God, will seek to do the following:
More specifically, the Pastors' Network will:
F. B. Meyer, that great English Baptist preacher once said, "The Church which is not a missionary church will be a missing church when Jesus comes." The Pastors Network commits itself to partnering with other Networks in the AD 2000 & Beyond Movement and also with other agencies in seeing that the local churches of the world do not become missing bodies when Jesus comes.John Richard, from India living in U.S.