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What is FINISH 2030?

The Church of Jesus Christ is in a race against the clock.

Each day around the globe, 158,857 men, women and children die. This includes approximately 66,000 who have never had access to the Gospel. That’s 2,750 people per hour and 49 people per minute who go to their graves without ever hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ! These numbers don’t even count those who have heard the Gospel in their lifetimes but died lost.

How would the world respond to the crashing of 132 airplanes and the killing of 66,000 people day after day after day?

You can be sure that a massive and strategic coordination of the time, energy and resources of the world’s top aviation experts would be applied in a race to stop such a horrible and unacceptable loss of life!

Can the response of the Global Church be any less?

For nearly 20 years, the Global Church Network has been working to synergize and mobilize the entire Body of Christ to help fulfill the Great Commission. Now we’ve added a finish line: 2030— the 2,000th birthday of the Church. (After all, a vision doesn’t become a goal until you put a date on it!)

We want to reach every person with the Gospel in this generation.

We call this goal FINISH 2030, and it has six key components:

FIND the world’s unreached people groups and engage them
INTERCEDE for the unreached and for one another
NETWORK together for the greatest synergistic impact
INVEST our time, talent and treasure into this kingdom cause
SEND missionaries into the world regions where the Gospel isn’t known
HARVEST together until the very last person has heard

The Global Church Network is synergistically partnered with hundreds of organizations and thousands of churches around the globe, spanning virtually every denomination, stream, and world region. We have assembled a FINISH 2030 CAMPAIGN TEAM made up of some of the greatest Christian leaders in the U.S. and around the world. This puts us in the unique and strategic position to help coordinate and apply the collective time, energy and resources of the Global Church to finish the Great Commission.

FINISH 2030 is about reaching even the hardest places in the world with the Gospel—sooner rather than later.

This is not something that any one person, church, denomination, or ministry organization can do alone. But it is something we can do as the Body of Christ, if we stop competing with one another and choose instead to work together to finish the race.

FINISH 2030 is not about logos or egos. At GCN, we often say, “It doesn’t matter who gets the credit, as long as God gets the glory!”

We’re convinced FINISH 2030 was birthed in God’s heart for such a time as this. Why?

The status quo can’t get it done.

It’s simple math. The fact is, if we in the Church do not adjust our missions paradigm and simply continue with our present strategies, the world will only be 83.25% evangelized —in AD 2200! That may seem to some like great progress. But the world population will exceed 9.5 billion by 2050 and will reach nearly 11 billion by 2100. That means, in raw numbers, the unevangelized population will continue to increase over the next 100 years.

Here’s the staggering truth: At its current rate of growth, the Global Church will win more than 3 billion people to Christ by 2100—and still over 2 billion will be unreached, never having heard the Gospel even one time. When we compare the projections for Church growth with population growth, it is clear that we will not fulfill the Great Commission even by AD 2500. Billions upon billions of people from near-future generations will die, lost forever.

FINISH 2030 provides a new paradigm.

FINISH 2030 offers a new overarching strategy for pursuing the Great Commission—one that is synergistic, global in scope, and capable of outpacing population growth and getting us to the finish line sooner than we ever dreamed possible!

The missions force has shifted.

We can no longer think in terms of “the West going to the rest.”

While in many corners the Western Church has been in decline, the Global Church has been growing, maturing, and thriving in world regions outside of North America and Europe. Great leaders, great churches, and great organizations have been, and continue to be, raised up in South America, India, Africa, Asia, and many other parts of the world.

The Church is experiencing the greatest missional shift in its history.

The result of this tremendous growth in global Christianity is that by 2030, 70% of the global missions force will be from continents not called North America. It is no longer the West going to the rest; it is the best in the world going to the rest of the world! At this very moment, missionaries from every world region are sharing the Gospel in every world region. Every day, this global missions force grows larger and stronger.

FINISH 2030 seeks to network and partner with synergistic-minded leaders, churches, and organizations from every denomination, every stream, and every region of the world. The Western Church cannot finish the Great Commission by 2030. But the Global Church can— and working together with effective, proven global strategies to FIND, INTERCEDE, NETWORK, INVEST, SEND, and HARVEST, we will.

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