Ancient Vision. Modern Mission.

by April 20, 2017


By David Gunther, Global Outreach Commission Member,
and Shannon Johnston, Global Outreach Assistant


In just two weeks, on May 6–7, the Global Outreach Commission will be hosting our second annual spring GO Weekend. The theme of this weekend is Ancient Vision. Modern Mission. This weekend will give all of us opportunities to reflect on the calling God has given to the Church and consider what that might look for us today.

Several Tenth Global Partners will be joining us to lead us in worship, share their experiences, tell us how God is moving in their respective fields, and challenge us on how we engage the work of the gospel.

  • Craig Chapin, from Nagoya, Japan, will be preaching from Isaiah 66 in the 9 and 11 AM services.
  • Pastor John, who serves in the Middle East, will be challenging us on the “Mission of Prayer” at the 6:15 PM service.
  • Matt, one of our partners in West Africa, will be sharing at a luncheon on Sunday regarding his experience in medical outreach.
  • One of our U.S. based partners, Anees, will be updating us on his work among Muslims.
  • Steve from South Asia will also be joining us for the prayer breakfast on Saturday, May 6.

We hope that through this weekend you will be encouraged by the stories of what God is doing around the world. We hope that you will be challenged to think of and view missions in a new way. We hope that you will be inspired and convicted to be more involved in the growth of the Kingdom, especially as it is applied cross-culturally. 

We pray that the reminders of God’s ancient call of the church to missions will encourage you to become more involved in the modern mission of spreading the gospel.

While many Tenth members have caught a vision calling them to leave Philadelphia and serve in other parts of the world, you can also participate in missions right here.


You can pray for the worldwide church, unreached people, and our global partners.

You can give. Tenth’s global outreach budget provides ongoing support to partners and ministries in almost every part of the world. Our annual Easter Sacrificial Offering supports projects offering mercy and relief to those in great need. Additionally, many in the church feel called to directly support different global partners and ministries.

You can send. Both Maranatha and the Global Outreach Commission send out short-term missions teams. These teams need prayer and logistical support in addition to financial support. To learn more about supporting the work of a Tenth missions team please contact Dora Phan for Maranatha or Shannon Johnston for GOC trips.

You can serve with the Global Outreach Commission. If you are interested, please contact Tenth’s Global Outreach Assistant, Shannon Johnston.

You can help and encourage our far-flung global partners who have landed stateside for a period of time. For opportunities to connect with, help, and encourage specific partners, please contact Laura Layer.

You can be involved in ministry to internationals in Philadelphia. Throughout the Bible and church history, we see that the kingdom often moves right along with people on the move—refugees, immigrants, students, and business people. To become involved with tutoring internationals in English or Tenth International Fellowship, please contact Enrique Leal.

The thought of cross-cultural ministry can be daunting, not to mention the actual doing of it. As you hear about God’s Ancient Vision of his followers to missions, be heartened by the stories from our global partners and prayerfully consider your Modern Mission.

Let’s all be encouraged and challenged by these words from Tim Keller: “You can do this ministry with God’s help—so give it all you’ve got. You can’t do this ministry without God’s help—so be at peace” (Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City).


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