God has given the church its mission.  Matthew recorded it in Matthew 28:16-20.  It’s the Great Commission mission.  It involves moving people from wherever they are in their relationship with God (lost or saved) to where God wants them to be (mature).  The reason that the early church’s mission is so important to us in the present is that its mission is our mission.  The mission that Christ gave to the church in the first century is the same mission that He gives to us living in the twenty-first century.  Remember these words?


16 “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.17 And when they saw him, they worshiped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


The disciples didn’t doubt the divinity of Christ nor did they doubt Jesus to be the Messiah but rather the doubt was more along the lines of, “Jesus is leaving us now so what in the world are we going to do?” 

Jesus gave them 2 incredible gifts.  First He gave them a purpose – a mission to do.  It’s called the Great Commission.  Jesus looked at those disciples and said, “you need a purpose you need a mission.”


But when He gave them this mission to make Disciples He knew that in and of itself it would frighten anyone.  In fact to go out and win the world for Christ was something they were incapable of doing.  So He gave them a second incredible gift.  He boldly declared, “I want you to understand that I not only give you a purpose, but most importantly I give you My Presence.”


As your new president I want to insure that each of us are crystal clear as to why we are here and to what Christ has called us to accomplish.  Our marching orders are simple and straightforward.  To “go” and make disciples for Jesus Christ.  My desire is to provide the leadership which will motivate and inspire our Hawaii Conference to take seriously that call and challenge.  For a finished work now!


Ralph S. Watts III

May-June 2006