I hope this collection of thinkers and ministries will further challenge you to live an on-mission lifestyle. Enjoy.
Read: I recommend The Hole in Our Gospel; What Does God Expect of Us? by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision. It is the true story of a corporate CEO who gave up worldly success for something far more satisfying. God’s calling on his life removed him from his corner office at one America’s most prestigious companies and allowed him to walk with the poorest of the poor in our world. His journey demonstrates how the gospel – the whole gospel – was meant to change lives and make people whole in Christ.
Follow: Tim Rice. Tim is the Missions Mobilization Director for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He is passionate about assisting individuals and churches to live missionally and engage their communities, state, and the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know Tim personally and you will be both encouraged and challenged by what he shares with others. You can find him on Twitter: @timricesc
Get to Know: The Sunshine Girls – a weekly outreach ministry to women who work in the Adult Entertainment Industry in Savannah, Georgia. Their goal is to shine the life-changing light of the Gospel into these dark places. The mission of the organization revolves around establishing relationships and opportunities for another way of life. You can learn more about them here. Pray for the work these women are doing in some very hard and dark places. I am thankful to know one of these Sunshine Girls personally.
Listen: If you enjoy podcasts, I highly recommend you subscribe to The Briefing. Each weekday, Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY delivers a daily analysis of the leading news headlines and cultural conversations from around the world through the Christian worldview.
By the Numbers:
According to the Pew Research Center, 26% of the world’s Christian population lived in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2015. Pew Research Center predicts it will continue to grow. In fact, they foresee that 42% of Christians in the world will call Sub-Saharan Africa home by 2060.
According to the Barna Group’s most recent study, 38% of Americans are active church members, meaning they have attended church in the past seven days. Throughout America, the top “churched” cities—or the cities with the highest percentages of active church members—are: Chattanooga, Tennessee; Salt Lake City, Utah; Augusta and Aiken, Georgia; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Birmingham, Anniston and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.