How long will it take to fulfill the Great Commission?

Today I participated in a webinar, “Which Laborers into which Harvest Field?”, organized by Missio Nexus . During the Question and Answer time, one participant asked, “Based on current trends, how long will it take to fulfill the Great Commission?”

I was stunned by the presenter’s response.

It was pointed out that the percentage of Christians in the world has remained pretty much the same for the last 100 years at about 33%. So the blunt answer to the question, “How long will it take to fulfill the Great Commission?”, is unfortunately NEVER.*

What we are doing to fulfill the Great Commission is not getting the job done. “Mission as usual” will never complete the task. This FACT should jar local mission decision makers, pastors and leaders of missions committees, as well as leaders of mission organizations and theological schools to humbly seek the Lord’s face about what has to change in order to make disciples of all nations.

What do you think needs to change in order to complete the task of the Great Commission? Let’s start the world changing discussion here!

*This is not to say that there have not been TREMENDOUS gains in making disciples among the unreached peoples of the earth, but gains in previously unreached parts of the world have been offset by equally significant declines in previously Christianized regions of the world.