With Special Guest Titus Hofer.
Who are you:
Titus Hofer, ministering with the Center for Mission Mobilization (CMM).
Titus has been connected with Destiny since 2001
through our relationship with Ecclesia College
through leading Destiny pastors to China to train underground Chinese pastors
for the last six years we have been partnering through mission mobilization
What the CMM does?
Our goal is seeing Jesus’ Great Commission happen, that is, disciples being made in every ethnic group on the planet. Our most strategic role isn’t in sending missionaries, but sending mobilizers.
We send mobilization teams around the world to partner with indigenous Churches, and empower them to raise up their own missionaries and send their own missionaries to people groups who don’t have the gospel.
For example, we are in Kenya, assisting the Kenyan church, as they mobilize Kenyan missionaries to go to North Africa. This is what is called “mission mobilization”
Why is that important?
The world needs more missionaries. Of the over 7 billion people on earth, over 3 billion people will live and die and never meet a follower of Jesus or hear the gospel.
Today, 80% of the Bible-believing Christians around the world are Non-Westerner (from Latin America, Africa and Asia) while only 20% are Westerners!
BUT, Westerners still send about 80% of cross-cultural missionaries.
The church has hundreds of millions of Believers who could be mobilized to missions.
We want to see the countries who have been traditional mission fields, become mission forces!
How does CMM go about mobilizing the global church?
In general, to see a missions-sending movement happen from a country you need leaders having the vision to send missionaries AND you need a bunch of people to be the missionaries.
Therefore, we work on two levels:
Working with Leaders: Our Catalytic teams work with leaders of denominations, churches and seminaries to help shape their paradigm of missions and to train indigenous leaders to also become mission leaders (mission mobilizers) for their churches.
Working with young people: Our “Local teams” (which consist of mostly 22-35 year olds) do grassroots ministry where we practically train and equip young people to be interested and equipped in cross-cultural ministry. These young people pray for the nations as well as befriend and share Jesus with the different cultures around them. They become the new potential missionaries.
Picture three guys/gals on a couch: An American 25-year-old, living in Nairobi (Kenya) with a 22-year-old Kenyan believer sitting on one side of him, and a 22-year-old Somali Muslim sitting on the other side. The American mobilizer has befriended both of them. The American has invited his Christian friend to watch him befriend and talk about Jesus with his Muslim. Suddenly the Kenyan Christians realizes it isn’t too hard to be a missionary; it is as simple as loving God and truly loving people.
Goal is Mission Movements so Jesus will be preached to all.
When a country has their own mission mobilizers, a group of leaders who understand and support cross-cultural missions, and a growing number of equipped young people who could be missionaries… THEN a missions-movement can happen.
Image the Latin American church sending 50,000 missionaries to the Arab world.
Image the African church sending 120,000 missionaries to North Africa and Europe.
Image the Indian church sending 30,000 missionaries to north India.
Image the Chinese church sending 100,000 missionaries to Central Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
This is the potential of the Global Evangelical church once it is mobilized toward cross-cultural missions! This is the Great Commission in action!
What is your role in the CMM?
I have worked for the CMM for 6 years. Doing international operations, creating global mission mobilization tools and Bible studies, and training college students to minister cross-culturally. I recently became the Personnel Director, overseeing our recruiting, training, development and addressing staff needs.
What would you say to American Church Pastors?
As your church engages in missions in your Jerusalem; Judea/Samaria – remember the “ends of the earth;” make sure that some of your focus is on reaching those in the world who have no legitimate access to Jesus. It is not as flashy, but it is vitally important.
When we want to send people from our church: we need to evaluate if this country needs more missionaries, or needs mobilizers? If there isn’t an established church, then we need to send missionaries. But, if there is already an established church in the country, it may be more strategic to empower them to reach their own or their cultural neighbors.
If you are interested in stoking the flame of cross-cultural missions in your church; give me a call or go on www.mobilization.org. whether you want to send people as missionaries or mobilizers or train them to reach ethnic groups around you.