Why Loving Your Neighbor Embraces the Heartbeat of Missions

Why Loving Your Neighbor Embraces the Heartbeat of Missions

“Love your neighbor as yourself” (cf. Mark 12:31)

One of the most quoted Bible verses of all time.

It is written on the backs of letterman jackets, on the sides of decorative vases, pens, pencils, t-shirts, and even tattooed on thousands of people every year.

But what does it really mean to “love your neighbor” and why is it so important to the DNA of Glocal Mission, and why is it central to missions?

We find it easier to love people we meet on international mission trips or during local outreach. We feed a homeless man a meal when gathered in a group setting, yet why does it become so hard to give a glass of water to the lawn-man working outside?
With much ease, we give gifts to needy children at Christmas time, but why is it so hard to invest in our local school programs?

Simply this: it is uncomfortable to love your neighbor.

Whether you are overseas or doing local missions, the reason why serving is so much easier, is because there is no fear of rejection and no fear of investing into relationships. On a week-long mission trip, we can easily serve and feel good about the work we have done. We can take photos, give each other a pat on the back, and say “well done.” to ourselves.

Don’t misunderstand though: immediate needs must be met, and to do so, we must have short term mission teams.

But in the midst of our serving, are we authentically loving those that we are serving?

“Love your neighbor as yourself,” does not end when you return home and get off of the plane. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” does not end once you return home. 
Loving your neighbor is a lifestyle that is key to missions and living a missional life.

If we are not loving our neighbor daily, it is much harder to love them authentically on mission.

The kind of love Christ calls us to is much deeper than a week-long mission trip. The kind of love Christ calls us to is long-term.

The kind of love Christ calls us to is a sacrificial, selfless, awkward, uncomfortable, authentic love. It is a love that is not only transformative in our hearts, but it is a love that changes entire people groups.

Although short-missions are needed, they are not the only type of service God has called us to. God’s desire is for us to take it a step further and invest in deep relationships, discipleship, training, and making more disciple-makers and churches.

Glocal Mission is set apart by Christ’s call to engage in long-term love for our neighbors.

At Glocal Mission, we believe it is our joyful duty to make disciples of all nations in our own neighborhoods and abroad. 
Because we so earnestly know the need for disciple-makers, we make our priority to train every believer to become an evangelist and missionary everyday, everywhere by using wisely their time, talent, treasure.

You can be a part of investing in your neighbors by being trained in outreach, discipleship, and church planting through Glocal Mission Bible Institute, see what missions should really look like by going on mission with us, and play your part through donating to our missions outreach and church planting endeavors.

Make this February the month you authentically love your neighbor.

Get to know those around you. Be joyful with them in times of happiness. Mourn with your neighbor in times of trouble. Lift their burden, take care of their children, give to those in need who are different than you.

But do it because you’re loved by God first and it is what Christ called you to do.

Written by Gabrielle Baggett- Director of Development & Partnerships at Glocal Mission

10 Glocal Ways to Live the Great Commission in 2018

10 Glocal Ways to Live the Great Commission in 2018

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1. I will spend time daily in the Word of God and in prayer.

As you spend time with God, you will inevitably hear His heart for you, your neighbors, and the nations. The more we know Him, the more we will love Him. The more we love Him, the more our heart will break for what breaks His heart.

See Isaiah 6.

2. I will pray for God to raise up laborers in my church for God’s harvest field globally and locally (Glocally).

When Jesus saw the multitudes “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” without Him, His heart was filled with compassion. What He did next is amazing! He told His disciples to “pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Right before His ascension, Jesus defined the scope of this harvest field as being from “Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Pray for your church and we will pray with you!

See Matthew 9:35-38 and Acts 1:8

3. I will get to know people from other cultures in my community.

Most of us live or work near someone who wasn’t born in our country and who speaks another language. God has placed them in your life for a purpose. You are the salt of the earth, the light of the world, and a city set upon a hill. Let your light shine. Learn about their language, culture, and country and present Jesus to them. Visit international restaurants near you, be friendly, try new kinds of food, and make some new friends.

See Matthew 5:13-16

4. I will participate in a mission trip in my city this year.

If you haven’t ever done a cross-cultural ministry outreach in your city, this is the year to do it. You will see your city in a new beautiful light and you will see God’s heart for ALL nations. By the way, this is our passion at Glocal Mission. We would LOVE to help you get involved in reaching your city!

5. I will listen to and read the news through a Great Commission lens.

(adapted from an article on imb.org)

As you learn what’s happening in the world, think about what might be happening spiritually in countries in the news. Pray for believers and missionaries there. Then, pray for the people there who don’t know Jesus. Don’t be exasperated by the news—let it drive you to your knees.

6. I will pray every day for three people to become Christians.

God has placed you where you work, go to school, and live. He has also placed people who desperately need Him in those places. Make a commitment to praying every single day for a least three of them by name.

7. I will invite someone without a church family to my church at least once a month.

Take a look at your church calendar and pick events that you can invite people to. Church meals, movie nights, holiday services, work projects, etc. People outside the church need what you love about church; friendship, a safe environment for their kids, spiritual help, and, obviously, free meals.

8. As I start my day, I will offer to the Lord my time, talent, treasure, temple (body), and technology.

Ask God to help make His agenda your agenda. Ask Him to leverage your talents for His cause. Offer your finances joyfully and generously for the work of the Great Commission. Ask Him to give you the words to say when people ask you about the HOPE that is in you.

See Isaiah 6:8 and 1 Peter 3:15

9. I will ask someone to disciple me to help me live the Great Commission.

We all get off track for different reasons. We get busy. We get distracted. We get tangled up in sin. We get discouraged and dejected. God knows that and for that reason He put us in the Body of Christ so that others can walk with us, guide us, and keep us accountable.

10. I will pray for God to bring someone to my life that I can disciple and help them live the Great Commission.

Number 9 is first. You must be a disciple before you can effectively disciple others. There are many who need help growing just like you do and as you grow God will allow you to pour into others so that they too become Great Commission Christians.

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The Glocal Mission Team brings a wealth of experience and resources to help individuals and congregations become intentional about Evangelism, Discipleship and Multiplication.

How can we help you and your ministry/congregation?

  • We have disciple-making catalyst leaders/coaches who are trained to help you. We will walk alongside you until you become a fully competent and holistic disciple maker in your Head, Heart, Hands and Habit.
  • We can send a guest speaker to your church or lead a Catalyst Discipleship Conference at your church.

To find out more about our coaching ministry and how we can help you and your church or ministry, contact us below.

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David is founder and lead pastor of Glocal Mission supervising and coaching pastors of over 30+ mission congregations composed of 35+ nationalities and in 15+ different languages. David also serves as adjunct professor at Concordia University Irvine CA and Concordia Seminary St Louis MO.

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5 Marks of a Glocal Mission Christian

5 Marks of a Glocal Mission Christian

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The Christian’s call to reach a lost world is deeply rooted in the heart of God.  Throughout the pages of Scripture, the beautiful narrative of God’s pursuit of relationship with His creation unfolds before us. One such example is found in Exodus 2:23-25.

“Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.”

God’s ear is never deaf to the cry of the broken, hurting and lost.  He heard their groaning. He remembered his covenant. He saw the people. He knew.  His love for our world is breathtaking and it has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5.

We must remind ourselves that the same gospel that so mercifully saves us from sin and death, also saves us for relationship with God and the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18).  You and I have the incredible privilege today to be his ambassadors to the world that he loves so much and to implore them, on his behalf, to be reconciled to Hm!

Today 3.06 billion people in the world are unreached. These are people created by God, in his image, and for his glory. Nearly 70% of the world’s population lives in religiously restrictive countries.  Here in the United States, church attendance in most of our major cities is now less than 40%.

We live in a time of unprecedented urgency and God is looking to mobilize Glocal Mission Christians all over the world.  We can’t afford to be passive or disengaged Christians. We must all make a decision; will we fully embrace God’s call for his church or will we remain Sunday-Morning-Only-Christians?

We believe there are 5 distinct convictions that should be in the life of each and every Christian. We call these the 5 Marks of a Glocal Mission Christian.

  1. Serve Glocally

A “Glocal church” is a borderless church. It’s a church from everywhere to everywhere. It’s a church from all believers to all lost persons. We believe God’s missionary heart is borderless and that the biblical model of ministry is for each believer and ministry to intentionally seek the lost and disciple the found locally (in their Jerusalem and Judea) and globally and cross culturally (Samaria and uttermost parts of the world).  Acts 1:8; Revelations 5:9-10

  1. Disciple Like Jesus

All believers are called to be disciples and to make disciples. Biblical discipleship is characterized as:

  • Relational: It must be highly relational in nature and is most effective in groups of 3-12 people.
  • Holistic: It must include Head (theology and sound doctrine), Heart (passion and motivation), Hands (skill and competence), and Habits (character and lifestyle).
  • Transformational: It must lead to life change based upon God’s grace and gospel.
  • Transformissional: It must lead to a life of full commitment to the intentional and continuous task of the Great Commission glocally.
  1. Balance Evangelism and Discipleship

We receive the Gospel through evangelism and learn to live it out through discipleship. Evangelism without discipleship leaves new believers as orphans. Discipleship without evangelism causes us to turn inward and endangers us of losing sight of reaching the lost with intentionality. The Great Commission requires an equal commitment to both. (Lk. 19:10; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 5:42)

  1. Seek Community Transformation

We will seek the Lordship of Jesus in our communities by pursuing the Three Missional Outcomes of doing:

  • Good – Make a difference
  • Better – Make relationships;
  • Best – Make disciples.

(Jer. 29:7; Acts 2:41-47; James 2:15-17)

  1. Multiply Disciple Makers

We prioritize our time, energy, and resources into making disciples that make disciples. We measure the true effectiveness of our lives and ministries by the multiplication of disciple makers.  (2 Tim. 2:2; Deut. 1:11)

You can click below and download the 5 Marks of a Glocal Mission Christian. We are praying for you and would love to walk with you in any way we can. If you are interested in joining a discipleship group or would like to learn more about Glocal Mission, please contact us.

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The Glocal Mission Team brings a wealth of experience and resources to help individuals and congregations become intentional about Evangelism, Discipleship and Multiplication.

How can we help you and your ministry/congregation?

  • We have disciple-making catalyst leaders/coaches who are trained to help you. We will walk alongside you until you become a fully competent and holistic disciple maker in your Head, Heart, Hands and Habit.
  • We can send a guest speaker to your church or lead a Catalyst Discipleship Conference at your church.

To find out more about our coaching ministry and how we can help you and your church or ministry, contact us below.

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About Rev. Dr. David Kim

David is founder and lead pastor of Glocal Mission supervising and coaching pastors of over 30+ mission congregations composed of 35+ nationalities and in 15+ different languages. David also serves as adjunct professor at Concordia University Irvine CA and Concordia Seminary St Louis MO.

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The Starting Point of Discipleship

The Starting Point of Discipleship

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Discipleship has been a buzz word for a long time.  Thousands of books and articles have been written and hundreds of conferences have been attended, all as part of a growing movement of people trying to put the pieces of discipleship together. Even with all this information available, the most common question asked to our Glocal Mission team is, “How do I start?”

We are often asked this by experienced, seasoned leaders and pastors who either realize their ministries do not resemble Jesus’ ministry, or after all the years of hard work, they do not see strong followers of Jesus in their congregations. Robert Coleman says, “You can’t separate the teachings of Jesus from the methods of Jesus and expect the results of Jesus.” 

It’s not very difficult to see the differences between Jesus’ ministry and the typical church today. Consider the following three examples:

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Jesus focused on people and discipleship.

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Many churches focus on programs.

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Jesus was constantly on the road and in people’s homes.

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They spend their time at church hoping people will come.

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Because Jesus’ discipleship was highly relational, his teaching transformed their lives.

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Void of relationship, their teaching is often general information which doesn’t lead to transformation.

The ministry of Jesus was stunningly beautiful in its simplicity. He chose 12 men, poured His heart and soul into them for three and a half years and then commissioned them to do the same. For instance, in John 17:9, 20 Jesus said, 9I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me (referring to the twelve disciples)20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me (for the sake of all lost people) through their word” (ESV, emphasis and interpretation added).

We have heard this so many times that we miss one vitally essential component – the starting point. Ask yourself, “How did Jesus start discipleship?”  He began with unbelievers

What comes to mind when you read that? The facts are pretty clear and compelling. With the exception of Andrew and one other who were John the Baptist’s followers (John 1:35-37), the rest were unsaved men that Jesus called to follow Him.  The disciples began the same way after Jesus’ ascension. Do you think when they received the Great Commission, they looked around the circle and said, “Ok, Peter, you disciple Andrew. John, you’ve got Matthew.”? No, they actually went into the world, preached the Gospel to the lost and discipled the found!

The Great Commission is a task of unparalleled importance and daunting magnitude.  We are called to make disciples of ALL NATIONS including 5 billion people in the world literally going into hell without a relationship with Jesus Christ. Among those 5 billion include 3.06 billion who have never heard the gospel. These incomprehensible numbers demand the church to align itself with the true nature of the Great Commission to carry on Jesus’ mission of seeking the lost and discipling the found.  We cannot simply turn inward and invite church members to attend a workshop or class. We must turn intentionally outward with great urgency just as Jesus did when He began. We must begin with the unbelievers in our midst.

Developing the perspective and urgency can seem intimidating, Glocal Mission has sought to simplify this process by developing the 5-3-1 Action Card to help us focus on the great task of reaching the lost. This is an amazing tool that leads you to Five Actions, Three People and One Disciple.

Five Actions

  1. INTERCEDE regularly for lost people in your life.
  2. IDENTIFY three people that do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
  3. INVEST in building a relationship with each of them.
  4. INVITE them to know Jesus personally.
  5. INVOLVE them in the life of the church and in the discipleship process.

Three People

Write the names of three people who you are willing to take the five actions with. This is very simple and yet essential.

One Disciple

Of the three people you are praying for, identify one of them as a person you can begin to disciple.

“God, we have become distracted and have busied ourselves with so many things that we have forgotten what breaks your heart. We have made the Great Commission a Great Omission comprised of programs and classes. We have not diligently and intentionally taken your Word to those who are lost. Please forgive us Father. Please break our heart for that which breaks yours. Give us the courage to realign ourselves with your mission. Let us begin today with the end in mind without compromising the Gospel. In Jesus name, amen.”

Are you willing to rethink discipleship?  Are you willing to begin seeking the lost and discipling the found? We invite you to click here, download the resource, and get started. We would love to pray for you and walk with you as you begin this journey.  Send us a note and keep us updated. We want to hear all the great things God does through you!


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Rev. Dr. David Kim | Founder and Lead Pastor of Glocal Mission 

David Wray | Catalyst Coach

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Do you want to SEEK the lost, DISCIPLE the found and MULTIPLY disciple makers and churches? WE CAN HELP!

The Glocal Mission Team brings a wealth of experience and resources to help individuals and congregations become intentional about Evangelism, Discipleship and Multiplication.

How can we help you and your ministry/congregation?

  • We have disciple-making catalyst leaders/coaches who are trained to help you. We will walk alongside you until you become a fully competent and holistic disciple maker in your Head, Heart, Hands and Habit.
  • We can send a guest speaker to your church or lead a Catalyst Discipleship Conference at your church.

To find out more about our coaching ministry and how we can help you and your church or ministry, contact us below.

Contact Us

About Rev. Dr. David Kim

David is founder and lead pastor of Glocal Mission supervising and coaching pastors of over 30+ mission congregations composed of 35+ nationalities and in 15+ different languages. David also serves as adjunct professor at Concordia University Irvine CA and Concordia Seminary St Louis MO.

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Good, Better, Best.

Good, Better, Best.

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110 Glocal Ways to Reach Your Community

Everywhere you go today, you see great need—hunger, sickness, loneliness, crime, despair, and most certainly spiritual need. If one has a desire to help, and to make a difference, it can be overwhelming. Who should I help first? Can I really make a difference if I feed one hungry person? What if they brought all this on themselves? These are hard questions. If you throw in theological questions like, “Which is more important, physical or spiritual needs?”, it can get even muddier.

The body of Christ has wrestled with this for decades. Glocal Mission believes that a person’s spiritual need for Christ is of paramount importance and must be addressed, but we also believe we misrepresent the heart of God, and fail to understand our role as believers if we ignore, or minimize, tangible physical need. “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? “ James 2:15-16

We developed 110 Glocal Ways to Reach Your Community as a holistic tool to help us be missionaries in our backyard who meet physical needs and effectively communicate the Gospel. This strategy has three very simple steps. We call this Good, Better, Best.

Good – Make a Difference

The church needs to be in the community as we represent the God who came to seek and save the lost. One way to get out into your community is to take a close look at those who live near you and ask God to show you some of the physical needs that you can meet. “Do not neglect to do good, and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” Hebrews 13:16

Does the community have a large elderly population? Are there a lot of single parent families? Are there immigrants in your community that need help learning English? We created 110 Glocal Ways to Reach Your Community to give you tons of different ideas ranging from running a sports camp to setting up a food pantry to hosting ESL classes. Some of the ideas work well for children and some for adults. Our mission churches have successfully implemented many of these ideas and found they are effective ways to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Better- Make Relationships

Once you have prayerfully chosen the activity or service you will provide, you will need a plan for building relationships with those you will serve. This is so obvious and yet many times forgotten. It’s not because we are uncaring or lazy, but it’s forgotten because we are not intentional about it. We get busy serving and helping and don’t have the time to actually get to know the people God is sending to us. Has that ever happened to you? We coach our mission churches to put people in place whose exclusive role is to meet and greet. Dedicate one part of the team to serve while the other part gets to know the people on a first-name, personal basis. This makes an incredible difference! One church calls this the “side by side” team. Many times this team also serves as prayer intercessors. It’s a beautiful way for the body of Christ to work together as the servants serve and the relational people build relationships.

Best – Make Disciples

At the end of the day, our mandate from God is to Make Disciples! The old saying, “People don’t care what you know until they know how much you care” applies here. As trust is established, relationships are built, and some effort has been made to alleviate an immediate need, hearts become much more open to the Gospel. As important as it is to meet a need, we must keep in mind that words are needed in order for someone to come to faith. “…how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? …So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:14,17.

Loving actions by themselves are not enough. We must reflect the loving compassion of God with our actions and speak the saving truth of the great Gospel of Jesus Christ with our mouths. Intentionality is required here as well. How will the Gospel be shared? Who will follow up with the visitors?

When Good, Better, Best is functioning properly, the body of Christ is most effective. Believers with many different gifts and talents find a place of involvement and work together to advance the Kingdom of God by making a difference, making relationships, and making disciples.

If you would like more information on 110 Glocal Ways to Reach Your Community, please contact us below.

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The Glocal Mission Team brings a wealth of experience and resources to help individuals and congregations become intentional about Evangelism, Discipleship and Multiplication.

How can we help you and your ministry/congregation?

  • We have disciple-making catalyst leaders/coaches who are trained to help you. We will walk alongside you until you become a fully competent and holistic disciple maker in your Head, Heart, Hands and Habit.
  • We can send a guest speaker to your church or lead a Catalyst Discipleship Conference at your church.

To find out more about our coaching ministry and how we can help you and your church or ministry, contact us below.

Contact Us

About Rev. Dr. David Kim

David is founder and lead pastor of Glocal Mission supervising and coaching pastors of over 30+ mission congregations composed of 35+ nationalities and in 15+ different languages. David also serves as adjunct professor at Concordia University Irvine CA and Concordia Seminary St Louis MO.

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