What is Finishing the Task?
Finishing the Task is a coalition of thousands of believers, churches, denominations, and organizations coming together to fulfill the Great Commission. It’s a call to mobilize all of Christ’s church, to do all Christ commands, with all people, in all places, using all of God’s gifts, all for God’s glory by 2033, the 2000th anniversary of the instructions given to us by Jesus:
- Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Finishing the Task is not an organization, congregation, or denomination. It is a network of networks and a shared commitment to a set of goals designed to help us fulfill the Great Commission in our generation. Over the next 10 years, millions of believers, churches, organizations, and denominations will work together to see four specific “B” goals accomplished:
- Bibles: We want every person on Earth to have access to the Gospel translated into their heart language. We will also empower believers around the globe to engage with Scripture in new and expanded ways.
- Believers: We want to equip every believer— all 2.6 billion of them—to share their faith personally. If every believer in Jesus Christ just shared the Good News with two people who had never heard it, the whole world would hear the Gospel personally.
- Bodies of Christ: We want every existing church to sponsor and plant a daughter church where there is no church.
- Breakthrough Prayer: We want to have every person on planet Earth who doesn’t know Jesus yet prayed for by someone who does know Jesus. This means billions of believers will need to be praying for billions of non-believers.
How are we going to finish the task?
By mobilizing all of Christ’s church, to do all Christ commands, with all people, in all places, using all of God’s gifts, all for God’s glory.
No one can fulfill the Great Commission by themselves. I can’t do it by myself; you can’t do it by yourself. There aren’t enough missionaries, pastors, or professionals to get it done. It’s going to all of us – normal people, the people who sit in the chairs and pews of churches around the world. It’s going to require mobilizing the 2.6 billion Christians around the globe for Jesus’ sake.
About Finishing the Task executive director rick warren
A Time magazine cover article named Rick Warren the most influential spiritual leader in America and one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Tens of millions of copies of Pastor Rick’s books have been published in 200 languages. His best-known books, The Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose Driven Church, were named three times in national surveys of pastors as the two most helpful books in print.
Rick and his wife Kay founded Saddleback Church, the Purpose Driven Network, the PEACE Plan, and Hope for Mental Health. He is cofounder of Celebrate Recovery with John Baker.
Pastor Rick has spoken in 165 nations, as well as at the United Nations, US Congress, numerous parliaments, the World Economic Forum, TED, and the Aspen Institute, and lectured at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard.