We want sharing Jesus’ love to be central to what we do. Whether we tend naturally more towards street evangelism or deep chats with our friends; thrive in prison ministries or children’s groups; if we love leading from the front or serving behind the scenes: sharing Jesus is something we are called to do. Whatever our hobbies, personalities, or callings, we hold central to each area of our lives the Great Commission. When Jesus said “Go and make disciples of all nations,” it wasn’t a suggestion or an option: it’s a command, and we carry this mission into all that we do. However, sometimes we need inspiration on how to do this well.
Great Commission is an initiative from the Evangelical Alliance that can equip and inspire us to do this better. Filled with resources, it’s a website brimming with videos, articles, and links to other sites with resources to inspire and aid our outreach, whatever field we’re in.
The website operates under four areas: Watch, Read, Pray, and Act.
Browse the videos page to watch inspiring stories of faith growing; read blog posts on reflections and ideas to inspire your evangelism. Find inspiration to help you pray boldly, and practical resources and tools as you act in groups and events. Content is helpfully marked as resource, reflection, initiative, and websites, to help you find the inspiration, encouragement, or more guided resource in the area where you’re wanting to share Jesus.
This time of year, Light Parties are a great example of churches celebrating Jesus’ light that defeats darkness, in contrast to Halloween. Great Commission makes it easy to find resources and ideas, see what other churches have done, and be inspired. Children’s ministry is only one example of what Great Commission offers: it’s teeming with content on students, Alpha, prisons, youth, cross-cultural mission, different faiths, and so much more.
Handily, the the site allows you create an account and pin these resources to boards, pooling ideas, videos, and initiatives into clusters that you can name and organise, and even share with other people. You can also browse ready-made boards for specific ministry areas or seasonal events. This makes it easy to collate resources for a particular event to refer back to, or share with your team, as you work out how to effectively equip yourselves and each other to talk about Jesus.
This is a great tool for anyone with a ministry role, to aid your planning and resourcing for whatever age or people group you work with. However, the website isn’t limited to those in ministry. Great Commission is there to inspire, equip and empower all of us, individually and corporately, to better reach the people around us and make Jesus known.