by: Mac McLaughlin • 2
I am Mark Morris, a world Christian – a person with a passion for God and his desire for all peoples to be gathered at his throne. Since 1970 I have known my life’s purpose had something to do with being a world Christian – being committed to share Christ among those who have yet to hear the truth of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ. From 1983 to 1997 my family and I lived in Africa and Asia.
I have one granddaughter, one grandson, three beautiful and intelligent daughters, three great sons-in-law, and my cherished wife, Cindy. Cindy is currently in a long-term battle with multiple myeloma which has been God’s gift to draw us nearer to Him and to one another.
We served as traditional missionaries for 4 years doing church planting among the Portuguese speaking peoples in and around South Africa. For the subsequent 6 years I served as a Strategy Coordinator among unreached and unengaged people groups in Centra Asia. Afghanistan became a passion during those years. During my final 4 years overseas I supervised Christian workers and church planting strategies throughout Central and Southern Asia. I ended those years with the International Mission Board as Regional leader of Central and Southern Asia.
In 1997 I returned to the US to co-found All Peoples, a church consulting group. We assisted churches to impact the least reached. In addition I founded Hazara Herald Ministries as an outreach to the Persian speaking world. Through Hazara Herald, thousands of Persian and Urdu speaking Afghans, Iranians, Pakistani, and North Indians are introduced to the Gospel using live tv and prerecorded radio broadcasts into Asia. Extensive web-based ministries multiply the ministry of Hazara Herald.
From 2000-2007 I took my global experience and applied it to a mega church, Germantown Baptist Church, where we started 101 churches, sent several thousand volunteers on short term missions, mobilized around 50 people for long-term mission service, and started over 150 local and global ministries. During that time I also had the privilege of co-founding Concerned Christians for Afghanistan, and International Friendship Summits.
Later I served on the Mission Staff of Rick Warren’s church, Saddleback Valley Community Church, where we developed PEACE – for the purpose of guiding every small group into local and global missions.
Currently I serve the International Mission Board, SBC as the Director of The Nontraditional Church Strategies. My role is to lead the IMB’s efforts to engage non-traditional churches in work among the least reached. One of our most recent innovations is blog.thelastletter.org and www.thelastletter.org
Throughout my time in local church ministry, I founded Mission Leader, Inc., which assists Mission Leaders as they seek to mobilize and equip churches to develop World Christians within their congregations. I invite you to take any resources and adapt them to your setting. Also, please pass on your ideas and tools so we can share them with other mission leaders.
I have completed my coursework and I am currently writing my Dissertation for a PhD in Missions and World Religions at the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I currently hold a Doctorate of Ministry degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and a BSE from The University of Arkansas.