hear the global Church asking for friendship. Friendship can and probably will
mean some resource sharing. If we’re just
all about throwing money over, I don’t
think that’s helpful in the end. If it’s just
about money, then I feel that we may be
doing something different than the purpose of what mission is.
I like the idea of being pilgrims. I got
that from James Plueddemann in his book
Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry
and Mission in the Global Church (IVP
Academic, 2009). He’s articulating that
we are in a time where the mission is from
everywhere to everywhere. Our involvement in mission needs to be seen as a
lifelong pilgrimage and not a one-off experience. It’s about partnership over a
FT: In the Hemorrhaging Faith report, in which
both IVCF and the EFC played important roles,
we saw that mission trips and camp can have a
powerful impact on a youth staying in church.
Why do you think that is?
SC: The two desires from the report was a
desire for community. They want to be
known and have a place. And a sense of
purpose. Community in mission scratches
such an itch for this generation. Millennials want to go. They want to be involved,
to have a chance to step in and serve and
have a global perspective. We seem to have
a great opportunity for this generation. I
see it in my kids. They’ve grown up this
way. I love how they’ve been shaped, their
values and perspectives by the experience
they’ve had in Sierra Leone and other
places we’ve gone. To see a whole generation of Canadians raised up with a global
perspective, to realize you have a part to
play. It’s a relational piece. It’s a call to
prayer, to give of your resources and your
Our involvement in mission needs to be seen as a lifelong
pilgrimage and not a one-off experience.”
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life. To see that come alive in young
people is awesome and it keeps me going.
FT: What will be at the heart of your message
at Urbana this year?
SC: They’ve asked me to speak about how
global partnerships have totally shaped
our family and our ministry in Canada.
I’ve been on staff for 28 years with IVCF,
the last 13 in Canada. It will be a strong
call to listen to Jesus and go with Him
into His mission, into this partnership.
To be learners who are shaped by Him
and His mission, that we would continue
in partnership with the people and places
He is connecting us to. To see this global
family exercising every joint and ligament together is awesome. That will be
F T: Thank you, Steve. /FT