“I want to continually draw us back to a higher purpose; more than what we do, more than how we do it. The greater design that is at the very heart of the mission of God and is biblically the priority within the mission of God (and why we do what we do), is for the eternal worship of Jesus among the nations, among all the peoples of the earth. And the scope of that ‘why’ is beyond comprehension.
Every four years CRM sets aside time for all staff and Conext partners around the world to come together. Since the very first Worldwide Conference in 1998, this has been an essential component for sustaining momentum and a sense of dynamic community in our organization.
These are arguably some of the most important days for our organization. Conference has huge impact across CRM and across the world.
Hope for Vulnerable Women at NEST Serbia: A CRM Special Project
What does it really mean to love your neighbor? Jesus’s command radically changes us from people focused on ourselves to people looking to help others, even those different from us.
In Serbia, our staff discovered just who their neighbors were: young moms entering into motherhood totally alone.
With the big picture in hand, God sent me out to answer the second key question: What was he already doing?
Listen as Danny describes two final questions he needed to answer to discover God's why for his ministry...
“Why do we need another American missionary in Oxford?”
This charming question was put to me during one of my first meetings in Oxford with a local ministry leader. We were sitting in his office, lounging on old leather recliners, sipping tea while enjoying the view of Oxford’s prestigious Christ Church College from his window.
I wish I could say I answered him with words of thoughtful wisdom or a thought-provoking question. But I was so rattled and taken aback that I launched into a long description of the many ways in which God had previously used us in London, followed by an equally verbose apologetic for our Oxford presence. He was not impressed, to say the least.
Listen as Danny shares his story of discovering God's vision...
“Sunrise is a light in the darkness. It seeks out those who have been rejected by society, and cares for them. It comforts and befriends them; tends to their health. It supports the education of their children, and brings them the good news of Jesus.”
This summer, we’ve begun introducing some of the practical ways CRM staff serve their communities around the world via social media. We believe that God cares for the material and social needs of a community—and that meeting these needs creates opportunities for the gospel to take root and the Spirit of God to bring transformation and redemption.
Each month we are featuring a different special project, and sharing a specific funding challenge to bless that project and ministry, and sow into God’s Kingdom in that context.
“If you have apostolic passion, you are one of the most dangerous people on the planet.”
–Floyd McClung, Apostolic Passion
According to the Analytical Greek Lexicon, apostolos (or ἀπόστολος) is one sent as a messenger or agent, the bearer of a commission, messenger; an apostle.
What is an apostle?
When people intent on carrying out the mission of God talk about the need for “apostolic” people, what do they mean? Who are they looking for?
"How do these gospel movements which we long for and see happening in many places, begin? They often begin with one person, or one family."
While it can be challenging to see God at work, Mariah Nix (InnerCHANGE L.A.) can see places God is on the move, giving her vision and hope to keep praying and keep serving. Listen as she shares the story of her context, the gospel movement they see emerging, and the steps their team is taking to sow into that movement.
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I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.
Can you imagine this scene? What it would feel like to stand in this vast crowd? The indescribable joy of worshiping Jesus with brothers and sisters from every nation and tribe and people and language!
I first experienced a bit of this vision 34 years ago while attending a Cru missions conference for 18,000 college students. During one of the main sessions, Elisabeth Elliott challenged my heart when she said, “There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.”
From the President: Why We Do What We Do
The ultimate expression and realization of the Kingdom of God is when the redemptive reign and rule of Jesus happens in the lives of people …when the Kingdom breaks in and the highest and most excellent of the created order—human beings—become committed followers of the King of the Kingdom. While there are certainly other essential manifestations of the Kingdom, this remains the ultimate biblical centerpiece of the mission of God.
A phrase that I like to use to describe this priority is that the Kingdom of God is never fully present unless people are becoming followers of the King.
When it’s all said and done, that’s what we are all about.