Why Coalitions Are Necessary In Fulfilling The Great Commission

Consider the following propositions:

  1. JESUS DESERVES TO BE WORSHIPED AND FOLLOWED IN EVERY PLACE on this planet. He is the legitimate King, above all other authorities. As our Lord, He should receive our “ALL – OUT” efforts WITH ALL HANDS ON DECK. Only an ULTIMATE COMMITMENT will suffice.
  2. The task of evangelism and making disciples in the whole world, Is too great for any single church, denomination, or local association, acting alone.
  3. Coalitions allow enough personal engagement between leaders and groups to do Kingdom work together In practical ways that can accomplish the goals of the Great Commission.
  4. Intentional unity and inclusion allow A PROACTIVE APPROACH: We seek to recruit, equip, and mobilize ALL Christian leaders, and then the members of their churches for accomplishing our shared role in fulfilling the Great Commission. We can promote a sort of RADICAL INCLUSION, based on an appropriate recognition of the whole Body of Christ, with Jesus Himself being the active Head of His Body and Director of all our activities. See Ephesians 4: 4-13.
  5. The only alternative to united coalitions (in some form) is independent work or work with local associations and denominations. In the “best case scenario,” there is a built-in limitation to working in a fairly small geographical area, with one ethnic group, or among members of a shared religious tradition.
  6. Working only in limited geographical areas or under other proscribed limits, tends to produce a piecemeal approach to activities within a region, as there is no united strategy being acted upon. Competitiveness between Christian organizations also erodes limited resources in poor countries. Kingdom work is slowed and hindered. The EVIDENCE spoken of in John 17: 21 “that the world might see,” through our practical unity, is also obscured from view, preventing souls from seeing God’s activity and believing.
  7. The major reason that Coalition-type movements are not considered is that they are not even imagined. They are mostly unseen and still without any literature published in missions circles about them.

Because we had never heard of or seen such a movement, Pastor Jill and I were both surprised to see such a coalition MOVEMENT OF MOVEMENTS in action. In the end, we were convinced enough to launch a related endeavor in the Philippines in 2006, which has since spread rapidly to other places around the world, mostly through word of mouth between pastor friends.

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