Seminar to teach Christians how to fulfill the Great Commission
Hopewell Presbyterian Church is hosting a World Impact Seminar next month to teach church pastors, leaders and members to follow Christ’s command “to go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” This 10-hour Envoy International seminar will be held Sept. 17-20 with sessions from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9 to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The finale will be the worship service on Sunday lead by the seminar teachers, Envoy founder David Andersen, and his associate, Wick Jackson of Florence.
The fee is $25 and includes a workbook and meals. The seminar is divided into 10 instructional sessions over the three-day period, examining what the Bible says about missions, the church’s responsibility and how to complete the task, and how to personalize missions individually. The sessions present an overview of five time-tested tools used worldwide to lead congregations to become personally and meaningfully involved in taking the Gospel to every corner of the globe.
Those five tools include the World Missions Conference, the short-term mission team, finances (“it’s God’s money”), prayer, the missions committee and how that changes lives and the church. “The whole purpose of this seminar is to get the church involved in fulfilling the Great Commission by helping pastors and individuals catch the vision,” Wick explained. “It is clear we are supposed to be involved in reaching the nations,” he continued. “If we choose to be a Christian, we are called to reach the nation.” He noted that only 10% of the churches in the U.S. are involved in world missions.
Most local churches are not doing anything global. Yet, scripture tells us five times “to spread the gospel.” This instruction is as relevant today as it was when Jesus spoke it nearly 2,000 years ago, he added. Recognizing that not everyone can physically travel to other nations, Wick explained that all Christians can support the efforts of those who are sent through donations, helping them carry out obligations at home, and through prayer. Founded in 1996 by David Andersen, Envoy International helps local churches with little or no involvement in world missions to become actively and strategically involved in helping to fulfill God’s Big Plan of world evangelization.
During Anderson’s 31 years in the pastorate, he has lead churches into a personal involvement by taking the congregations out of the pew and into the world through short-term cross-cultural ministries. His passion for reaching the world has taken him to more than 50 countries where he ministered and gained greater insight into this unfinished task. Realizing that there is a great need to develop new ‘sending’ churches, he began working full-time with churches overseas, teaching them the principles he used during his years in the pastorate.
He has proven that these basic principles will work, regardless of culture or country. Wick Jackson participated in his first mission trip to Belize in 1989 working in the 126-degree jungle helping a missionary build an office under his house. At one point during that trip he felt God calling him to the mission field. In 1992, he along with his wife Cindy and their three small daughters (14 months, 4 and 6) obeyed God’s call to move and minister in Ethiopia for two years.
Later they moved to Cochabamba, Bolivia where they lived and served for six years. During those years (in 1999) they began serving with Envoy International. Today Wick is the director of Envoy International/South America. While in Bolivia, Cindy was badly burned and survived third degree burns over 35% of her body. God used that accident to place burn victims on Cindy’s heart and she founded BCI, Burn Care International,o pening the first BCI clinic in Bolivia in 2006.
There have been many other long and short term mission trips since Bolivia. Working with David Andersen, Wick focuses his love for world missions in South America. He has dedicated his life towards the furtherance of world missions and uses his God given talents to help the churches in Latin America realize how they can become involved in God’s big plan for the world, “that everyone in the whole world would know, love and worship God and His Son Jesus Christ.”
Today the Jacksons are back in Florence where Wick runs a construction business and continues to participate in mission trips and present Envoy seminars around the globe. Artie McPherson, chairman of the Missions Committee at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, is heading up this local event. For more information call the church at 665-1308.