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Mission Minded Parishes


The Rev. Ed Stetzer, Pres. Lifeway Research,
ACNA Provincial Assembly June 8, 2012
ReachOut Fall 2012

The church is to be the engine of church planting around the world. Right after the apostolic era, one of the things that we very quickly find is the missionary bishop. The missionary bishop would be sent into a town, usually the largest town in a region, and then would evangelize the surrounding villages—it was the normal practice of the early church in the patristic era. Somewhere along the way it got lost, but it was the regular practice of the New Testament church. The early church was marked by an overwhelming passion and an ongoing practice of planting churches. The church is God’s vanguard tool for the evangelization and the transformation of the context around it. Ephesians 3:10: God has chosen the church to make known his manifold wisdom—it is the tool, it is the instrument, it is the vessel of God’s agenda…

Excerpts from OMF International's
ReachOut Spring 2012

To reach the 4 billion non-Christians and more than 6,000 unreached people groups in the world, every part of the body of Christ needs to know and fulfill its function. If God has not invited you to pack up all your earthly belongings and head to another part of the world, don’t count yourself out of his plan for the nations. We can each fill specific roles in the global mission effort. In what ways will you be Christ’s hands to reach God’s world?

Over 900 participants came to New Wine­skins for Global Mission 2010 conference and the parallel re:mix mission conference for young adults, and they were “blown away,” “challenged,” “refreshed,” and “exuding blessings.” 48% of the young people at re:mix committed to spend at least one year of their lives overseas leading others to follow Jesus.

When the Rev. Bill Taylor asked New Wineskins participants who had heard a specific word from the Lord during the conference, nearly half stood, including bishops. Others wrote they are still seeking God for how they should respond…

by the Rev. Loren Fox
Rector, Church of our Savior, Palm Bay, Florida
ReachOut Fall 2009

The Church is at an exciting juncture in its life and ministry: A new province in America—Anglican and separate from the Episcopal Church—has been formed and has now changed the dynamics within all of American Anglicanism, both in the Episcopal Church and in the new Province. Where do cross-cultural, church planting missions fit into the new chapter and dynamics of American Anglicanism?…

by Clark Smith
Christ Church Savannah Mission Committee Member
ReachOut Fall 2008

In April 2007 Brian and Mary Jane Dennison and Carol and I journeyed from Christ Church, Sa­van­nah, Georgia, to Ridgecrest, North Carolina, to attend the New Wine­skins for Global Mission conference. It was our first time attending a New Wineskins conference, but we quickly realized we were participating in one of the great traditions of the Anglican community in the United States…

by the Rev. Jim Hobby ReachOut March 2003

While every parish I have known in my sixteen years of ordained ministry (and my 32 years of following Jesus) has a desire to express God’s love by reaching out to others, few of them ever find their reach extending effectively to the ends of the earth. Why is this?
1. Ignorance: “I see no reason to worry about missions. After all, those people already have a religion.”
2. Either/Or Thinking: “Charity begins at home. We have plenty of need right here in this town. We have no business sending people to God-knows-where until everyone here is a Christian.”
3. Scarcity Mentality: “If we start supporting mission, we won’t ave enough money to [hire a youth minister, buy the new organ, re-carpet the parish hall, etc]…

by Meredith ReachOut September 2004

I am thrilled to be part of the “Reaching the Youth Gener­a­tion” Issue Group at the Lausanne 2004 Forum for World Evangelization, joining sixty others from around the world who all have extensive experience in youth ministry and a burden for reaching the emerging generations. Our Issue Group is studying youth culture and developing new strategies for effectively communicating the gospel to young people. Reaching youth is strategic to world evangelization…

by Meredith, Rock the World Youth Mission Alliance
ReachOut May 2004

• Train us to hear God’s voice: Support youth ministry in substantive ways. Train youth ministers who can reach youth through authentic relationships, and challenge them to live lives of passionate discipleship! Invest in parish youth ministry, and in organizations that are doing youth ministry training and mobilization.

• Train us to use our voice: Train young people to be leaders, not just priests. Start early. Challenge young people to make big sacrifices, while simultaneously providing incentive. If you make petty little demands on people, you will get a petty little response, which is all you deserve. If you make heroic demands, you will get a heroic response…

by Paul Borthwick ReachOut May 2004

Three things happened after I returned from InterVarsity’s Urbana student missions convention in December. First, I had to write an evaluation. So, to prepare, I talked with a number of my peers to get their feedback. Then I turned 50, forcing me to come to grips with the fact that I attended my first Urbana convention 30 years ago.

Thus I was forced to confront the culture gap expressed at Urbana between us baby boomers and the next emerging generation. On more than a few occasions, I felt old and outdated (and unable to understand rap music). A number of my peers were upset that these young Urbana students were too loud, too emotional, too shallow, too overwhelmed by choices, and did I mention, too loud?

Before I allowed my 50-year-old negative perspective to take over, however, I decided I should step back and ask, “What are the most exciting characteristics I see in these young people?” If I believe in God’s sovereign hand in history, I must acknowledge his work in this generation to bring some skills and strengths that my generation lacks. What did I see?…

by the Rev. Tad de Bordenave, Anglican Frontier Missions
ReachOut March 2004

What does it mean to make the Great Commis­sion our first priority? It means that congregations and leaders are committed to making ourselves known first of all as missionary churches, so that our thinking, our spending, our very worldview is determined by fulfilling the Great Commission.

The practice of it is scarce. As a church we have a very weak—almost absent—working understanding of one piece of the Great Commission. We may be able to quote it, but the practice and evidence of doing it is scarce…

New Wineskins Missionary Network


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