If we all go, who’s going to turn the lights off?

by Shane Bennett

I spoke at a fascinating church a few weeks ago. Although not large, they are sending a high percentage of their people to various parts of the world. Talking about all the groups heading out this spring and summer, the pastor jokingly asked, "If we all go overseas, who's going to turn the lights off?"

That got me thinking . . . Is this the goal of mobilization? Everyone goes overseas? No, I wouldn't imagine so. But since there are still relatively few models for cross-cultural investment, the natural tendency is to imagine that obedience to the Great Commission means following step by step in the path of Lottie Moon, Jim Elliot, or Mother Teresa.

This mentality results in many bright believers (who rightly discern they're no Lottie Moon) assuming there's no part for them in God's global purposes. Dang. I hate it when that happens!

If I have a goal in life, it's that everyone would find and play their role in this planet-encircling Kingdom of God. For that to take place, we need to model a variety of responses to Christ's call to the nations. And along the way, we must find relevant baby steps - fun ways for all kinds of people to begin.

And that's what this site is all about.