Seventh-day Adventists have taken to heart the gospel commission found in Matthew 28 to go and teach all nations and baptize them. As a result the Seventh-day Adventist church has grown into a worldwide organization with a presence in more than 200 countries. This desire to share the gospel is born out of genuine Christian love for our fellow human beings and the desire to share the hope that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Global Mission was born out of a desire to take the message of Jesus' love to the people and areas of the world that had not yet heard the gospel. It was launched at the Seventh-day Adventist world convention held in Indianapolis in 1990, when international delegates voted for a special initiative to reach these unreached areas.
The office of Global Mission has established study centers to foster relationships and understanding with the major world religions--Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam. Another study center focuses on building bridges to postmodern/secular people.
The key component of Global Mission is the pioneer program. Global Mission pioneers are Adventist lay people who:
- Volunteer at least a year to establish a new congregation
- Live and work within their own culture
- Establish new groups of believers
- Understand the culture
- Speak the local language
- Help people with physical and spiritual needs
- Receive a small stipend and cost far less than overseas missionaries
Today, tens of thousands of Global Mission pioneers are working around the world, leading the way in taking the name of Jesus to people--often in extremely challenging areas.
The Adventist Church faces two major mission challenges today--the 10/40 Window and the growing secular/postmodern population, particularly in urban areas.
To learn more about the 10/40 Window, the secular/postmodern west and Global Mission initiatives around the world, visit Global Mission's web site by clicking on the link below.