So mission will not end when the last of the people groups is reached. We are not sent because of the temporary need in the world (which is indeed great!) because God is a sending God and He is glorified in our obedience. We must recognize that mission is the very nature of God and the basis of our relationship to Him. Mission isn’t a task to be finished, it’s our identity in Christ.
E. Goodman, The Anthropological Approach to Missions
Mission did not begin with the the Great Commission, nor with our modernistic interpretation of people groups in the 1970′s. Mission is the movement of God. It will not end when all the “unreached” have been “reached,” or when the “unengaged” have been “engaged” (and none of those words are biblical). No, mission will end when we are gathered around the throne, worshiping at the foot of the Most High God.
“Unfortunately, there is a danger that in the expression, “the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world” turns the church into nothing more than a delivery mechanism for the message. All that matters is “getting the job done”– preferably as soon as possible. And sadly, there are some forms of missionary strategy and rhetoric that strongly give that impression.
“The Bible, in stark contrast, is passionately concerned about what kind of people they are who claim to be the people of God. If our mission is to share good news, we need to be good news people. If we preach a gospel of transformation, we need to show some evidence of what transformation looks like.”
The Mission of God’s People