I have long believed that the next wave of missions will be carried forward on the wings of business. That’s why, a little over a year ago, the Summit launched our Global Cities Initiative (GCI). The GCI is a new effort to mobilize students, professionals, and retirees to join with long-term missionary teams to make disciples and plant churches in global cities around the world—in Mumbai, London, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, and the Middle East. It’s an opportunity to take what you’re already doing, and to do it somewhere strategic for the mission of God.
God’s calling into mission is not a separate call we receive years after our salvation. It’s not something for a select few “missionaries,” leaving the rest of us “normal” Christians on the sidelines. God’s call to mission is inherent in the very call to salvation. “Follow me,” Jesus said, “And I will make you fishers of men.” As we often say at the Summit, the question is no longer if you’re called. It’s only a matter of where and how.
Summit, many of you are already leading the way. We have 20 new people who have already moved (or are in the process of moving) their careers overseas in the next couple years. And another 75 people are considering joining in. That’s nearly 100 new missionaries, going to unreached parts of the world, and they don’t cost the church or the IMB another dime to send.
Here are just a few examples of Summit members currently joining the Global Cities Initiative: