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Tuesday, January 11, 2000

AD2000 & Beyond Movement

A Church for Every People and
the Gospel for Every Person
by the Year 2000


The AD2000 & Beyond Movement is a global, informal network of Christian missionary agencies, denominations, churches and individuals committed to world evangelism.

AD2000 and Beyond Movement Overview

At the beginning of this decade, researchers reported that more than 2000 different evangelization plans by Christian organizations and denominations focused on the year 2000. The AD2000 & Beyond Movement first gained attention at the international missions conference Lausanne II in Manila in 1989. The Movement then spread rapidly around the globe to help catalyze these evangelism plans that focus on the year 2000.

The AD2000 & Beyond Movement seeks to encourage cooperation in establishing a church within every unreached people group and making the gospel available to every person by the year 2000. Ralph Winter, founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission, calls the AD2000 & Beyond Movement "the largest, most pervasive global evangelical network ever to exist." Patrick Johnstone, author of the book Operation World, writes, "I believe that God has given us the best opportunity in all history to gain a wide level of support among Christians committed to world evangelization in the AD2000 vision."

The AD2000 & Beyond Movement has spread the vision for reaching the "10/40 Window," a region first identified by the Movement's International Director, Luis Bush. The 10/40 Window is the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude where 95 percent of the world's least-evangelized poor are found. The AD2000 prayer initiatives called "Praying Through the Window" have mobilized over 30 million intercessors to pray for the 10/40 Window over several years.

The leaders of the Movement neither predict nor prophesy "closure" by the year 2000. But they are calling the church to face realistically its commission to make disciples of all peoples and to pursue that priority with greater zeal and unity than ever before.

The role of the AD2000 Movement may be capsulized in three C's: Catalyst. The AD2000 & Beyond Movement is a mobilizing entity which endeavors to bring together existing churches, movements and structures in the common goals of evangelism and church planting. Coordinator. The AD2000 & Beyond Movement facilitates cooperative mission efforts while functioning in a coordinating role. Communicator. The AD2000 & Beyond Movement provides a crucial communications link between Christian leaders from every region of the world and from many elements within the body of Christ.

The structure of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement has four features which give it strength and vitality:

It is a grassroots movement. The Movement does not function from the top down, but from the bottom up. Although the movement has strong leadership, those leaders recognize their role as primarily one of encouragement and facilitation, providing assistance to national, regional and resource network leaders worldwide.

It serves the whole Body of Christ. The Movement brings together the entire spectrum of the contemporary Protestant church, particularly removing the barriers between traditional Evangelicals, Pentecostals and Charismatics.

It is led by non-Westerners. Four of the key leaders of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement are: Luis Bush, International Director, from Argentina; Thomas Wang, Chairman, from Mainland China; John Richard, Associate International Director for Special Projects, from India; and Joon-Gon Kim, Chairman of the GCOWE Preparation Committee, from Korea.

It seeks to avoid duplication of efforts. The Movement seeks to get missionaries communicating with one another, evidenced in Mali, Africa at a Bible translation meeting triggered by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. Three groups discovered they had each been working on the same new Bible translation unaware of the other groups' efforts. Now these same organizations are working together to complete the project three times faster.

The AD2000 & Beyond Movement sponsored the May 17-25, 1995 Global Consultation on World Evangelization (GCOWE '95). Nearly 4,000 Christian leaders representing 186 countries gathered to formulate evangelism plans focusing on the year 2000. GCOWE '95 probably was attended by people from more countries than any other Christian gathering in the history of the world. More countries were represented than even the 1988 Olympic games, also held in Seoul, which attracted athletes from 160 countries.

GCOWE '95 was a rite of passage for the missionary-sending movements from Asia, Africa and Latin America. For example, three-quarters of the consultation's financing and two-thirds of the delegates were from the non-Western world. A powerful demonstration of a new missionary force took place at the Seoul Olympic Stadium where the consultation delegates joined 70,000 Korean Christian youth of whom 60,000 dedicated themselves in writing to bring about global evangelization in their generation.

For the remaining years of the millennium, the AD2000 & Beyond Movement launched Joshua Project 2000 and National AD2000 Initiatives. Joshua Project 2000 is a global cooperative strategy which has identified 1,739 peoples most needing a church-planting effort. Joshua Project 2000 is bringing together workers to research these peoples, produce prayer profiles, enlist prayer teams and mobilize church-planting teams. The goal of Joshua Project 2000 is to make a priority of establishing, as a minimum, a pioneer church-planting movement within every ethno-linguistic people of over 10,000 individuals by December 31, 2000.

National AD2000 Initiatives are the best expressions of the practical outworking of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. As of 1999, most countries of the world have some kind of National AD2000 Initiative. The aim of these initiatives is to see the body of Christ in every nation mobilized and working in coordinated efforts toward the completion of the unfinished task of evangelization in their own country, making a significant contribution to evangelism and church planting in the least evangelized peoples and countries of the world by the year AD2000 and beyond. The two predominant measurable goals of the National AD2000 Initiatives are: 1) To see as a priority and minimum, a pioneer church planting movement within every major ethno-linguistic people in the nation, country and mega-city of the world by the end of the year 2000 and, 2) To see the establishment of a saturation church planting project in each and every nation also by the end of the millennium.

The building blocks are resource networks and task forces into which additional energies and focus resources are channeled. Each one is semi-autonomous and bears its own responsibility for developing organization structures, emphases, goals, strategies, consultations, publications, funding and personnel. Resource network, task force and national leaders work together, coordinating joint projects.

Over the next two years, many mobilization events are being planned by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. Two of these are listed below:

* Celebrate Messiah 2000 27 Dec. 2000-2 Jan. 2001: An historic event to a) exalt Jesus Christ, b) cultivate a spirit of reconciliation, c) transfer Christian leadership to a new generation, d) seek the Lord together to understand what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church for the next century, e) help prepare the Body of Christ for the challenges of the coming century.

* Praying Through the Window IV: Oct, 1999: An estimated 50 million worldwide praying for the countries in the 10/40 Window. The AD2000 & Beyond Movement sponsored the May 17-25, 1995 Global Consultation on World Evangelization (GCOWE '95). Nearly 4,000 Christian leaders representing 186 countries gathered to formulate evangelism plans focusing on the year 2000. GCOWE '95 probably was attended by people from more countries than any other Christian gathering in the history of the world. More countries were represented than even the 1988 Olympic games, also held in Seoul, which attracted athletes from 160 countries.

GCOWE '95 was a rite of passage for the missionary-sending movements from Asia, Africa and Latin America. For example, three-quarters of the consultation's financing and two-thirds of the delegates were from the non-Western world. A powerful demonstration of a new missionary force took place at the Seoul Olympic Stadium where the consultation delegates joined 70,000 Korean Christian youth of whom 60,000 dedicated themselves in writing to bring about global evangelization in their generation.

For the remaining years of the millennium, the AD2000 & Beyond Movement launched Joshua Project 2000 and National AD2000 Initiatives. Joshua Project 2000 is a global cooperative strategy which has identified 1,739 peoples most needing a church-planting effort. Joshua Project 2000 is bringing together workers to research these peoples, produce prayer profiles, enlist prayer teams and mobilize church-planting teams. The goal of Joshua Project 2000 is to make a priority of establishing, as a minimum, a pioneer church-planting movement within every ethno-linguistic people of over 10,000 individuals by December 31, 2000.

National AD2000 Initiatives are the best expressions of the practical outworking of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. As of 1999, most countries of the world have some kind of National AD2000 Initiative. The aim of these initiatives is to see the body of Christ in every nation mobilized and working in coordinated efforts toward the completion of the unfinished task of evangelization in their own country, making a significant contribution to evangelism and church planting in the least evangelized peoples and countries of the world by the year AD2000 and beyond. The two predominant measurable goals of the National AD2000 Initiatives are: 1) To see as a priority and minimum, a pioneer church planting movement within every major ethno-linguistic people in the nation, country and mega-city of the world by the end of the year 2000 and, 2) To see the establishment of a saturation church planting project in each and every nation also by the end of the millennium.

The building blocks are resource networks and task forces into which additional energies and focus resources are channeled. Each one is semi-autonomous and bears its own responsibility for developing organization structures, emphases, goals, strategies, consultations, publications, funding and personnel. Resource network, task force and national leaders work together, coordinating joint projects.

Over the next two years, many mobilization events are being planned by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. Two of these are listed below:

* Celebrate Messiah 2000 27 Dec. 2000-2 Jan. 2001: An historic event to a) exalt Jesus Christ, b) cultivate a spirit of reconciliation, c) transfer Christian leadership to a new generation, d) seek the Lord together to understand what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church for the next century, e) help prepare the Body of Christ for the challenges of the coming century.

* Praying Through the Window IV: Oct, 1999: An estimated 50 million worldwide praying for the countries in the 10/40 Window.

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