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National AD2000 Initiatives -- A Focus of GCOWE '97
by Ross Campbell and Bob Waymire - National
AD2000 Initatives Coordinators
(In the past eight months, Campbell, together
with Dr. Johan Combrinck, Co-Coordinator of the African National
Initiatives Consultation at GCOWE '97, has visited most African
countries to assess the status of national initiatives and set
up the registration process for GCOWE '97).
GCOWE '97 is to be a power booster for national church
leaders already committed to the vision of the Body of Christ
in their nations mobilized and deployed to penetrate every least
evangelized people, area and class with the Gospel. Each national
delegation will bring to GCOWE '97 a status assessment of national
evangelization which will enable them to share challenges and
successes with others to the benefit of all. The aim of a National
Initiative is for the Body of Christ to provide a witness for
Jesus to every living person, that Jesus Christ become incarnate
to every person in the world.
In order for this to occur, there are two prerequisites:
a) See, as a priority and minimum, a pioneer church-planting (PCP)
movement within every major ethno- linguistic people in the nation
and every country and mega-city of the world by the end of the
year 2000, b) See the establishment of a saturation church planting
(SCP) movement in the nation by the end of the year 2000, where
one does not already exist.
National saturation church planting initiatives are
not new. Churches in Ghana and the Philippines have, since the
mid 1970s, been implementing national saturation strategies. Today
many nations have national initiatives providing excellent models
of what can be done. The following components draw from the experience
of existing national strategies and places national initiatives
in the context of global evangelization and the goal of "a
church for every people and the gospel for every person by AD2000."
Hence, the term National AD2000 Initiatives.
Basic Components of a National AD2000 Initiative
Though the twin National AD2000 Initiatives of Pioneer
Church Planting and Saturation Church Planting processes may develop
differently in various parts of the world, there are certain characteristics
and components that will be common to most, if not all.
- A visionary and proactive servant leader, or leaders, with
the gifting and call from God to translate vision into reality
through effectively sharing the vision and catalyzing a response
resulting in mobilizing of the Body of Christ towards achieving
the above stated goals.
- A national coordinating committee (or committees) representing
a wide spectrum of the Body of Christ having as its (their) focus
and purpose the mobilization of the Church towards achieving the
twofold goal above, with an emphasis on reaching the least-evangelized
people groups, cities and areas by the year 2000. A key function
of the committee(s) is to facilitate inter-organizational cooperation,
partnering, planning and goal-setting.
- Clearly defined measurable goals. It should be noted that
in countries where there is an SCP project underway, there still
needs to be an awareness, emphasis and goal by the national Church
to participate in reaching the least-evangelized peoples, cities
and countries of the world.
- Initial assessment survey of both the harvest force (e.g.
number and location of churches by ethno-linguistic group, denominations,
parachurch groups, etc.) and harvest field (e.g. villages/ areas/people
groups with no church, demographics, vital statistics, etc.) statusing
the progress of evangelization and church planting in every area
- Consultations and National Congress, whereby the primary denomination
and parachurch leaders gather to consider their commitment to,
and completion of, the unfinished task in the nation in the light
of the foregoing initial assessment and measurable goals. Any
number of consultations can be held at various levels and in various
regions leading up to and following a National Congress.
- Goal setting and ownership. Delegations attending a National
Congress will individually and collectively consider and commit
to enacting a) specific measurable goals for pioneer church planting
in the least reached areas, cities, peoples and countries, b)
long range goals for saturating every people group, city and area
with Biblical gatherings of believers, and c) goals for involvement
in reaching the least-evangelized peoples, cities and countries
of the world. Local and regional level goals may be enacted at
local and regional meetings.
- Ongoing research and analysis. A permanent national research,
analysis and information function will be established for providing
the Body of Christ with accurate, up-to-date information on the
Harvest Field and Harvest Force needed for strategy and planning,
and for evaluation of progress and effectiveness.
- Widespread participation and cooperation. A commitment by
a broad spectrum of denominational leaders, pastors, mission agency
leaders, and ministry executives to participation and cooperation
in pursuing the vision and goals. A commitment to mobilizing their
bodies/constituencies for involvement in pursuing the vision and
goals is fundamental to the success of the National AD2000 Initiatives
for nationwide and world evangelization.
- United prayer efforts. A concerted extraordinary emphasis
and involvement in personal and corporate prayer is essential
to the success of national and global evangelization. The ministry
and the battle is the Lord's. Ours is to be in constant communication
for worship, praise, guidance, intercession, and warfare against
the enemy. A recognition that the real battle is a spiritual battle,
being fought in the heavenlies, is essential.
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