Baptists network to take gospel to Last Frontiercomment (0)
January 6, 2000
Southern Baptist pastors and lay people from about 275 churches embraced a challenge to take the gospel to the ends of the earth during The Summit for the New Millennium, held Dec. 14-16 at Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
The Summit – a global missions networking conference sponsored by Nashville’s Two Rivers Baptist Church – linked more than 550 pastors and lay people with about 160 missions strategy coordinators targeting unreached people groups in The Last Frontier, the part of the world where people have little or no access to the gospel.
“the whole purpose of the summit was to put tools in the hands of churches, to say this is how you can connect and be a part of fulfilling the Great Commission during the next millennium,” said Jerry Sutton, pastor of Two Rivers and instigator of the conference.
Teams of church representatives and strategy coordinators discussed and prayed about how churches could help missionaries implement strategies for taking the gospel to unreached people groups.
“We’ll take some of the load off the shoulders of the missionaries by helping them better focus on their work” of strategic evangelization, said Don Brock, pastor of Gateway Baptist Church, Irmo, S.C.
“This summit is wonderful evidence that God’s spirit is at work in the churches in a unique way,” said Avery Willis, IMB senior vice president for overseas operations. “The churches are not looking to the International Mission Board to do missions for them, but they’re owning the Great Commission.
“They’re saying, ‘The Great Commission is given to us as individual believers, and we need to do something about it.’”
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