A U.S. Perspective on the No Place Left Coalition
No Place Left is a global, relational coalition of disciples and churches who love the Lord, love the lost, and make disciples among all nations until the Great Commission is complete. Our only leader is the Holy Spirit. We do not have a staff, a budget, or a headquarters. There is no membership.
From Vision to Movements
First, No Place Left is about vision: finish the Great Commission among every tribe. The starting place for everyone making disciples is the Father’s heart. What is the Father’s heart? “He wants everyone to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4) If they ask, “What is No Place Left?” we answer, “A movement of the Father’s heart.” If they ask, “What is the Father’s heart?,” we answer, “To make disciples among all nations until there is No Place Left.”
We love and worship the Lord, and we are committed to his kingdom coming to every tribe on earth in this generation. Everything starts with Vision (seeing the world and our lives through God’s eyes) and Abiding in Christ (enjoying the Lord daily with no agenda). To grasp the convictions and core values of a coalition committed to engage and reach every global region and affinity group with the gospel of Jesus Christ, watch this seven-minute video: issacharinitiative.org/videos/history-of-table-71/.
Second, No Place Left is about fruitful, biblical practices. We are committed to researching and learning what God is doing to reconcile the world to himself right now. We connect to one another through every kind of communication you can imagine: prayer, social media, email, letters, conferences, trainings, short-term mission trips, and even moving to other cities and regions of the world to join existing teams or catalyze new ones.
We try to find the very best missionary tools in the world, and then adapt them locally through the study of the word of God and the trial and error of other practitioners with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We are a coalition that values and pursues the wisdom of Christ’s kingdom through his Word, his Spirit, missions history, experienced leaders, and personal commitment to obey the Lord’s commands every week where we live.
Third, No Place Left is about diversity. One reason communication is so critical to our approach to missions is that each of us have learned from experience that we cannot reach the world alone. We depend upon Yahweh’s Holy Spirit to shepherd us moment by moment, and we depend upon our brothers and sisters to teach us and hold us accountable to what God has clearly revealed we must do. From Nashville to Nairobi, we have adopted the most unreached and unengaged peoples and places on earth, which means that we are often laboring for the Lord in very hard-soil harvest fields. The work is difficult, and the fruit takes time to cultivate.
Our desire may be the end of this age, but our environment is spiritual warfare, and the attacks are relentless and intense. To survive spiritual warfare, we are committed to pray for each other, support one another, encourage each other, and believe the best about one another. The enemy is always trying to twist the truth and divide us, and the Bible is clear that the Father desires unity and unconditional love for his bride. There is a beautiful, refreshing freedom in our coalition to experiment with movement principles and tools as the Lord leads each of us as his kingdom of ambassadorial priests (1 Peter 2:9).
Fourth, No Place Left is about sustainable movements. When we pursue the Father for reproducing disciple and church networks in homes, apartments, trailer parks, government housing, and businesses, He takes that kingdom fruit production network and births new movements out of our labor. Once a movement is going, no one can attribute the work to any one man or woman. It is clearly of the Lord, and that is what we are after: His glory and His renown. Jesus promises in Matthew 24:14 is that He will not return until He has followers reproducing disciples among all people groups. This promise leads us to pursue God for movements to reach the lost in every city and region on earth.
Our commitment to the Lord is both to jumpstart and sustain movements. We are committed to enter his harvest, search for people of peace, baptize them and their families, and assist them as they receive the same mantle of leadership we have to obey the Lord and make their own disciples. We are also committed to shepherd and cultivate movements so that the people we have reached understand that they are our family, our brothers and sisters, and we are committed to them for life. We are convinced that God has an inheritance of a healthy kingdom family tree for every disciple through their obedience to him—the Lord of the harvest.
A Simple Focus
To complete the Great Commission, Jesus’ followers need an Acts 1:8 vision along with simple strategy, skills, and tools that multiply movements through networks of new disciples.
The No Place Left coalition unites followers of Jesus Christ around the world whose hearts have been set ablaze by the Holy Spirit to focus our time, treasures, and talents toward pursuing God for movements that fulfill the Lord’s command in the Great Commission. In collaboration on sharing and learning fruitful, biblical practices from one another, each of us is seeking the Lord to raise us and other laborers up in pursuit of movements until there is No Place Left where Jesus is not yet preached.
No Place Left Logos
I am working with a volunteer team to help provide free logos for Great Commission practitioners representing any Jesus-follower network around the world. These “kingdom banners” provide a simple, consistent way for people to identify themselves with what the Holy Spirit is doing in their region. These logos are open-source, and most of them are created by the practitioner pursuing God for movements in their own city or region. See Chuck Wood’s 15-minute video about the No Place Left vision and how to create your own logo: youtu.be/F7YgZuTmWDo.
Following is the basic layout of each logo. See all the current logos at http://noplaceleftworld.com/logos.
No Place Left is a global coalition of practitioners learning fruitful, biblical practices from movements birthed by the Holy Spirit. We adapt these practices locally under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and we prioritize mutual accountability to refine our pursuit of God for movements in each of our unique contexts.
Your researching days are over. The perfect time is right now to pursue God with others for movements where the Lord has planted your life. Leave your home and go into your local community to share the gospel with your family, friends and neighbors.
Visit noplaceleft.net/start-here for a simple toolkit for leading your family and friends to follow Jesus, and for prayer-walking and sharing Christ in your local community this week.
To connect with U.S. trainings within the No Place Left coalition visit 4Fields.net or JUIO.net.
Jeff Sundell sent me to north India to learn from Nathan Shank. I don’t know if he got it from someone else or if it started with him, but he and his team had vision for completing the Great Commission in their region by 2025. When Nathan wrote, “No Place Left” on the white board and explained it, my years of searching for a vision that covered reaching every people group and region on earth with the gospel of Jesus Christ were over. I received Nathan’s blessing to cast the No Place Left vision back here in the United States, and the Holy Spirit has caught the body of Christ on fire with what He began on the slopes of the tallest mountain range on earth. Hear Nathan describe the No Place Left vision in a 30 minute podcast: Movements.net/2015/07/27/pauls-no-place-left-visionnathan-shank-podcast.html.
No Place Left Vision Verses
We feed the No Place Left vision fire with these key verses:
Habakkuk 2:14–Hosea prophesied, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of Yahweh’s glory, as the waters cover the sea.”
Romans 15:23–Paul wrote, “But now I no longer have any work to do in these regions…”
Acts 19:10–Luke recorded: “…all the inhabitants of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the message about the Lord.”
And Jesus told his followers:
Matthew 28:18–20–“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 13:37-38–“The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the sons of the kingdom.”