Kemper Shares Goals, Vision for World Mission

Date Posted: 11/10/2011

Like the 72 missionaries in the Gospel of Luke whom Jesus sent out into the harvest, all who are disciples of Jesus “get sent,” said Dr. Thomas Kemper to The Mission Society board of directors at their semi-annual meeting Wednesday.

Kemper is the general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM). His addressfollowed an address last month by Dick McClain, president of The Mission Society, at the GBGM fall boardmeeting in New York.

The four goals of United Methodist missions that Kemper shared in his address are making disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world; strengthening and developing Christian communities; alleviating human suffering; and seeking justice, freedom and peace.

"The Kingdom is much more than one organization and one understanding of the Kingdom," Kemper said. "Missions don't rely on our means, and not even on our gifts, or even on our wealth.

"We think it's all about money, but it's about people, giving of ourselves," Kemper said. As Christ sends his people into the harvest, which Jesus describes as "plentiful," he said, "Let us work together that so the Kingdom of God is right at the doorsteps of people we meet and serve..."  Continue reading

Listen to Dr. Kemper's address