The world of missions is full of opportunities, needs, approaches and people groups. The International leadership of All Nations felt there needed to be more focus so that we could understand God’s calling for us as a group. Focus would help us to develop expertise, allocate our resources, where needed, and become recognizable for those who also wanted to invest into furthering the Gospel. Individuals, churches or missions organizations may ask: Why would I want to get involved with All Nations?
Of course, it may be easy to find out that All Nations stands for disciple making, church multiplication, locally led works and cross-cultural expression. This is still a very broad field. More specifically, What are the choices within All Nations?
In 2012, the leadership of All Nations went through an extensive process of prayer, research and discussion to define our first strategic priorities. We asked questions like: What is the Lord doing in the nations? What are the global trends? Where is the need greatest? What is our calling? How do we fulfill the Great Commission best? What is making us more fruitful? What do we learn from cooperation with others?
Every two years we reevaluate these priorities and then add, change or sharpen them.
Four of these priorities are key modes, how we operate – Prayer, Leadership Development, Training and Coaching, and Business for Missions. The other four name people we prioritize – Unengaged Unreached People Groups, Cities, Refugees and Children. We do more than this, and work among others as well, but these are key.
Our global strategic priorities have helped many develop a clear calling to go and enter into a group of like-minded workers to fulfill our Lord’s commission.
Internally, these priorities have really helped cement together our globally diverse All Nations Family. Our missionaries around the globe have felt much more of a common purpose. We have developed global teams that work together for the same vision across continents and time zones. New friendships have developed and prayer has been intensified. Our workers share best practices and support each other more than ever before and we have developed centers of excellence. We can also objectively evaluate our work much better, all while we see and enjoy amazing fruitfulness.
Perhaps more exciting, these priorities have helped broaden our global family to local believers and churches that have discovered that All Nations Family is the right partner for missions. Our family has grown as we have discovered a match of vision and values with hundreds and thousands of local churches across the globe. Perhaps your church is one of them!
Juergen Kramer is a member of All Nations’ International Leadership Team.