The Concordia University Irvine Great Commission Summit exists to teach, equip and connect pastors and church leaders to be effective ministers of the Gospel amid the changing dynamic of global Christianity.
The CUI Great Commission Summit is a two-day event designed to engage pastors and lay leaders to better understand their place within the global Christian church so that they can better grow where they are planted.
Learning From the Church In The Global South
- Learn the Biblical and relational principles behind the why and the what of the work being done, and how those principles and relationships are contributing to growth
- Appreciate, in order to emulate, the spiritual vitality of those that are a part of God’s Kingdom where movement is occurring, and recognize how spiritual vitality relates to the growth taking place
- Understand the cultural realities and “seasons” that are contributing to the growth in a particular country or place
Applying What Is Learned to Your Own Context
- Learn how to contextualize, (and do some contextualizing and applying of) the principles learned, to the North American mission field
- Internalize and personalize the Gospel’s and the Holy Spirit’s work as it relates to faith and spiritual vitality
- Understand the cultural “season” that North America is in, and how that relates to the receptivity of the Gospel and the growth of the Church
Provide a Relational Network for Church Leaders Concerned With the Impact of Global Christianity on Their Own Church
- Create a place and an environment for long-term relationships and partnerships to be built among those in attendance, in order to break through the isolation and competition that are often found in the Church; isolation and competition which are hindering the growth of the Church and the transformation of leaders
- Embody through the Global Summit, the principle: Learning without relationships = Information. Learning with relationships = Transformation
Why We Do The Summit
The church is driven by the Great Commission to make disciples. For many years the Christian West has taken it upon itself to teach the world about the gospel. Lately, the church in the United States has been particularly diligent to bring church leaders from around the world to the states to be taught in our colleges and seminaries. However, the trend in the US is that mainline denominations are on the decline.
Over the last century, the center of gravity in the Christian world has shifted inexorably away from Europe and North America, southward, to Africa and Latin America, and eastward, toward Asia. Today, the largest Christian communities on the planet are to be found in those regions.
While the church in the US is on the decline, the population in the US is growing rapidly through migration. As of 2010 the US had the largest number of international migrants, more than the next 5 countries combined. Within this migrant population is a surprising number of Christians. According to Pew Research, 74% of an estimated 42,810,000 immigrants to the US are Christian.
These issues are especially apparent in California. A full one fourth of the US international migrant population is coming to California, making the migrant population of California larger than any country in the world, with the exception of the United States. Statistical trends show that the Latino population has already achieved plurality with the white/non-Latino population and within the next few years the Latino population will become the majority, due in large part to immigration.
Given the current state of Christianity in the United States, the goal of the Concordia University Irvine Great Commission Summit is to bring Christian leaders from around the globe to teach us about what God is doing outside North America and to better understand how it will impact our ministry here.