This is an article from the July-August 1979 issue: Founder’s Reference Issue

Three USCWM Priorities

Three USCWM Priorities

1. Developing New Strategy

Reaching out to the lost world Major strategy institutes at the Center seek to pinpoint the locations of the 16,750 Hidden Peoples. Institutes for Muslim, Chinese, Hindu and Tribal studies explore in depth their religious, economic, social and esthetic characteristics. In cooperation with all major evangelical mission agencies, this up-to-date information is now already being used to design new and more effective methods of bringing the Gospel to these highly complex blocs of mankind. Evangelical mission agencies are ready to reach out to the 2 billion.

2. Stimulating New Response

Reaching back for help

Mobilization offices, reaching back into different evangelical traditions in the United States, will stimulate people and funds to flow to the mission agencies . . . people and funds to "put legs" on the thousands of needed new mission strategies. Hopefully $350 million more per year will be made available to missions agencies by 1984, just for outreach to Hidden Peoples. These mobilization offices already benefit from shared facilities, services, information, and close contact with the latest mission developments coming from the strategy institutes. Many mission agencies already maintain personnel in the strategy institutes and mobilization offices.

3. Redirecting New Personnel

Reaching across cultural barriers Unusual, intensive, one-month, one-quarter and onesemester undergraduate (and graduate) programs are available for students drawn from the 4,000,000 evangelical young people now in secular colleges and universities. These fully-accredited courses, honed over the last 6 years,' help groping young people reinterpret a secular education. They give new perspective on the Bible, the sweep of human history, and the worldwide penetration and impact of the Christian movement elements utterly fundamental to intelligent career choice, whether in the US, or abroad.


There are three essential elements in world missions. The relationship between these is illustrated by the tree at the right. The numbers relate to the priorities mentioned above and the organizational chart on the next page. The branches represent the strategies which must be developed by mission boards and mission agencies to reach the Hidden People. The branches are supported by the trunk, which represents the efforts to stimulate new response to the challenge of the unfinished task, or mission mobilization. Finally, the root system--which ultimately gives life to the rest of the tree-represents the channeling of human resources into the cause of frontier missions, or the training of recruits.


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