A call goes out to churches to join a missions vision.

By June 3, 2004

International (MNN)–The launch of the “The Acts 1:8 Challenge” will set the framework for the future of global ministry.

Southern Baptists are trying to mold the thinking of the local church into a broader vision of a worldwide mission center.

Taken from Christ’s challenge to his disciples to take the Gospel to the nations, the International Mission Board is emphasizing prayer, giving, personal participation in missions and evangelism, and starting new churches.

“Jerusalem” corresponds to the local Baptist association, “Judea” to the state convention, “Samaria” to the North American Mission Board and “the ends of the earth” to the International Mission Board.

The covenant indicates partner churches will “be intentionally engaged in the Great Commission, awakening Christians to God’s calling to join Him on mission, and helping take the gospel to all people groups,” and committing to comprehensive missions involvement in the local community, the state, the continent and the world. The end goal: to live out the biblical call to missions.

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