MAXIMIZING CHURCH PLANTING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE MISSION FIELDS

“ And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations, and then shall the end come ”

- Matthew 24:14

The Great Commissions Mandate is very central in God’s agenda for humanity and the world at large. It is therefore very critical that we have a clear understanding of this mandate as catalyst and clear motivation for our activities in the Mission Field.

UNDERSTANDING THE GREAT COMMISSION MANDATE

Two anchor scriptures that gives us a clear direction of what the Great Commission Mandate entails are Mark 16:15 and Matthew 28:19.

PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL

Mark 16:15: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creation”.  The critical task here is the proclamation of the gospel in a manner and language that will make people all over the world understand the gospel and give them an opportunity to respond to the gospel. The focus is in reaching the critical mass of humanity. The world population is our indicis for measurement.

World Population: 7,800,000,000 (7.8 billion)

Population Category

10% 0.78 billion are Christ-followers

22% 1.72 billion are Nominal Christian Adherents

40% 3.12 billion have heard the gospel but have not responded

28% 2.18 billion virtually have no exposure to the gospel

Implication

Only about 10% (780 million people) have a saving knowledge Christ

About 90% (about 7.2 billion people) of world population are candidates of hell

About 62% (About 4.9 billion people) of the world population who have had access to the gospel, either did not understand it to make a positive decision, or may have outrightly rejected the gospel

Almost 30% (about 2.2 billion people) have not even heard about the salvation message of the Gospel

A critical factor in ensuring that the gospel is effectively proclaimed to all people, apart from having gospel proclaimers, is having and giving the gospel in the language the people will understand.

DISCIPLING THE NATIONS

Matthew 28:19: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. The critical task here is the raising of disciples from all the nations of the world.

The word “Nations” in these passages has its root source in the Greek word “ethnos” which means tribe, people group or a multitude of individuals of same nature or genus. In the missiological circle these are referred to as People Groups.

Global People Groups Statistics

Number of People Groups: 17,400

Unreached People Groups: 7,400 (42.5%)

Population in Unreached Groups: 3,230,000,000 (41.6% of the world population)

Definition of Unreached People Group: People groups with few, if any, indigenous believers, missionaries, Bibles, Christian resources, churches.

We are therefore to raise indigenous believers in all the ethnic nationalities of the world and in the communities we find ourselves. This is where the importance of Church Planting in the mission fields lies.

MAXIMIZING CHURCH PLANTING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE MISSION FIELDS

Some Church Planting Opportunities in the Mission Fields are as follows:

Economic Activities :

One of the doors to reaching a people is identifying with them in improving the economic life.

Basic Health :

Providing rudimental health services has been a very strategic church planting tool.

Educational Services :

Over the years, basic educational services have opened doors for church planting in communities.

Sports Programs :

This has been strategic in getting the younger generations

Discovery Bible Study :

One of the recent keys that has been opening doors for church planting in difficult to reach communities has been the Discovery Bible Study program of the Disciple Making Movement (DMM)

Community Development Programs :

The Christian Social Responsibility (CSR) drive of RCCG should be tailored towards Church Planting

All program and activities that address the utmost felt needs of the people on the field thereby impacting them so positively that it makes a difference in their lives will be a good opportunity for Church planting.

Every evangelism opportunity is usually an opportunity for Church planting.