Mark: What do you do at 10:02 a.m. every day?
Gord: I stop what I’m doing and I pray a specific prayer. Everyone with C2C does the same thing, no matter what we’re doing. We’ve got our alarms set for 10:02, and when we hear that sound, we pause and take the time to ask God to send out workers into his harvest field. It’s based on Jesus’ challenge to his disciples in Luke 10:2. He said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest.” Thousands of us with C2C are doing it every day, and Jesus keeps answering that prayer.
Mark: Do people ever get annoyed by the 10:02 alarm?
Gord: Maybe. But, more often than not, they’re intrigued and challenged. I was in New York recently with a group of church planters from all over the world. This guy from China saw what we did at 10:02 and he asked me about it. Back in China, he’s giving leadership to a church-planting network of over one million people. So I told him the idea behind the practice and he loved it. He said, “Is that patented, or could I use it?” I said, “Of course, use it!” So that afternoon, he sent an email to his leadership team in China, and told them about the 10:02 prayer. The next day, he said that 300 church leaders were praying for more workers at 10:02. The next day, he came to me again and said that all of those leaders had passed it on to their staff and ministry team leaders and now 20,000 people in China were praying the 10:02 prayer. But it didn’t stop there. On the way to the airport the following day, he said it had continued to spread and now over one million people across China were stopping to pray at 10:02 and asking the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field!
Mark: How is C2C involved in global mission?
Gord: It’s important to remember that C2C, at its highest level, is a mission organization. Our passion has always been to see people come to Jesus, whoever they are, wherever they are. I don’t think global mission is about geography, as in where we work. God has one mission in the world today, and that’s our focus. Even though we got our start within the MB Conference in Canada, C2C has always been about the kingdom of God, a kingdom that has no borders. Global mission includes Canada and the US, but it definitely doesn’t stop there for us. Do we want to see the whole earth filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea? Absolutely!
Mark: So what’s your strategy?
Mark: That’s it?
Gord: Well, prayer and obedience. It’s the same strategy we’ve used in Canada and now in the US. We’ve simply asked God to lead us, to provide workers, and to provide opportunities. And God has been faithful. We just keep responding to the opportunities that he brings us. I know it sounds simple, but we’ve worked hard to keep it that simple.
Mark: You’ve seen the fruit of inter-denominational partnerships in Canada, do you see the same opportunities globally?
Gord: In Canada, we’re working with more than twenty different denominations because we believe that no single denomination will be able to reach this country alone. We recognized that we are stronger when we work together. That’s true beyond North America as well. For years now, we’ve been responding to specific partnerships overseas as God opens up the doors. For two years, I’ve been serving on the Global Leadership Team of another church planting network called City to City (different from C2C), which was started in 2001 by Pastor Tim Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Today, there are fourteen people on the leadership team, including me, and we represent fourteen different countries worldwide. C2C and City to City are working toward the same goal globally, and we are helping each other achieve that goal. As God brings us more opportunities like that, we’ll take them. We don’t want to be competitive; we want to be collaborative.
Mark: Are there similar opportunities within the MB family globally?
Gord: In April 2017, I attended the Church on Mission consultation in Thailand, which was hosted by MB Mission and the International Community of MBs (ICOMB). I came away from that event with several significant invitations for C2C to partner with MB conferences around the world. Since then, we’re working closely with church leaders from places like Germany and Paraguay. In both of those cases, they are sending their leaders to our training and we are exploring ways to further assist them. In addition, the conference leaders from Lithuania approached me with an interesting question, “Can C2C mean from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea?” I said, “Absolutely. Why not?”
Mark: What do you enjoy most about C2C’s collaboration with MB Mission?
Gord: I love the potential for a greater kingdom harvest and Jesus being made famous in places where he is currently unknown. We enjoy working with MB Mission. We share the same passion for prayer, and the same heart for the nations, so our partnership makes a lot of sense. We are better together.