100 Mission Mottos

  • 1. A man may die leaving upwards of a million, without taking any of it upwards. – William Fetler
  • 2. A nation will not be moved by timid methods. – Luis Palau
  • 3. Anywhere provided it be forward. – David Livingstone
  • 4. As long as there are millions destitute of the Word of God and knowledge of Jesus Christ, it will be impossible for me to devote time and energy to those who have both. – J. L. Ewen
  • 5. Can’t you do just a little bit more? – J.G. Morrison (pleading with Nazarenes in the 1930′s Great Depression to support their missionaries)
  • 6. Christ alone can save the world, but Christ cannot save the world alone. – David Livingstone
  • 7. Christ not only died for all: He died for each. – Billy Graham
  • 8. Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God. – William Carey
  • 9. Go straight for souls, and go for the worst. – William Booth
  • 10. Go, send, or disobey. – John Piper
  • 11. God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary. – David Livingstone
  • 12. God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him. – Hudson Taylor
  • 13. God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him. – Hudson Taylor
  • 14. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply. – Hudson Taylor
  • 15. He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. – Jim Elliot
  • 16. I am destined to proclaim the message, unmindful of personal consequences to myself. – Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
  • 17. I believe that in each generation God has called enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth. It is not God who does not call. It is man who will not respond! – Isobel Kuhn, missionary to China and Thailand
  • 18. If God wills the evangelization of the world, and you refuse to support missions, then you are opposed to the will of God. – Oswald J. Smith
  • 19. HUDSON TAYLOR – THE PROGRESSION OF A MISSIONARY CALL:
  • 20. I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light. – John Keith Falconer
  • 21. I have but one passion: It is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ. – Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
  • 22. I have seen the vision and for self I cannot live; Life is less than worthless till my all I give. – Oswald J. Smith
  • 23. It is easier to be an excessive fanatic than to be consistently faithful, because God causes an amazing humbling of our religious conceit when we are faithful to Him. – Oswald Chambers
  • 24. I pray, and I obey. – David Yonggi Cho
  • 25. I want to be where there are out and out pagans. – Francis Xavier
  • 26. I would rather die for Christ than rule the whole earth. – Ignatius
  • 27. If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice? – David Livingstone
  • 28. If God’s love is for anybody anywhere, it’s for everybody everywhere. – Edward Lawlor, Nazarene General Superintendent
  • 29. If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him. – C.T. Studd
  • 30. If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is feeble. The command to go everywhere and preach to everybody is not obeyed until the will is lost by self-surrender in the will of God. Living, praying, giving and going will always be found together. – Arthur T. Pierson
  • 31. If ten men are carrying a log — nine of them on the little end and one at the heavy end — and you want to help, which end will you lift on? – William Borden
  • 32. If the Church is ‘in Christ,’ she is involved in mission. Her whole existence then has a missionary character. Her conduct as well as her words will convince the unbelievers and put their ignorance and stupidity to silence. – David Bosch
  • 33. If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small. – Pat Morley
  • 34. If we have not enough in our religion . . . to share it with all the world, it is doomed here at home. – David Livingstone
  • 35. If you don’t have a definite call to stay here, you are called to go. – Keith Green
  • 36. If you found a cure for cancer, wouldn’t it be inconceivable to hide it from the rest of mankind? How much more inconceivable to keep silent the cure from the eternal wages of death. – Dave Davidson
  • 37. If you take missions out of the Bible, you won’t have anything left but the covers. – Nina Gunter
  • 38. In no other way can the believer become as fully involved with God’s work, especially the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer. – Dick Eastman
  • 39. In our lifetime, wouldn’t it be sad if we spent more time washing dishes or swatting flies or mowing the yard or watching television than praying for world missions? – Dave Davidson
  • 40. In the vast plain to the north I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been. – Robert Moffat
  • 41. It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions. – John R. Mott
  • 42. It’s better to obey God rather than men. – Brother Andrew
  • 43. Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart. – Bob Pierce, World Vision founder
  • 44. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing! – Helen Keller (she wasn’t a missionary, but this is an inspiring mission-minded thought!)
  • 45. Life is precarious, and life is precious. Don’t presume you will have it tomorrow, and don’t waste it today. – John Piper
  • 46. Live God LOUD! – Ron Luce, TeenMania
  • 47. Lost people matter to God, and so they must matter to us. – Keith Wright
  • 48. Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love. – Roland Allen
  • 49. Missions is not just for missionaries; God’s call is for all. – Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family
  • 50. Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. – John Piper
  • 51. Missions is practicing God’s presence until His passion compels us to obey. – Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family
  • 52. Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God. – John Piper
  • 53. Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is — where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge. – Robert C. Shannon
  • 54. No reserves. No retreats. No regrets. – William Borden
  • 55. Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself? – John Wesley
  • 56. Oh, that I could spend every moment of my life to God’s glory! – David Brainerd
  • 57. Oh, that I had a thousand lives and a thousand bodies! All of them should be devoted to no other employment but to preach Christ to these degraded, despised, yet beloved mortals. – Robert Moffat
  • 58. One Way: Jesus! One Job: Evangelism! – T.L. Osborn
  • 59. Only as the church fulfills her missionary obligation does she justify her existence. – Unknown
  • 60. Our God of Grace often gives us a second chance, but there is no second chance to harvest a ripe crop. – Kurt von Schleicher
  • 61. Some wish to live within the sound of church and chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell! – C.T. Studd
  • 62. Someone asked, Will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved? It is more a question with me whether we — who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not — can be saved. – Charles Spurgeon
  • 63. Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ. – Francis Xavier
  • 64. The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet. – David Livingstone
  • 65. This generation can only reach this generation. – David Livingstone
  • 66. Sympathy is no substitute for action. – David Livingstone
  • 67. The Bible is not the basis of missions; missions is the basis of the Bible. – Ralph Winter, U.S. Center for World Mission
  • 68. The Christian is not obedient unless he is doing all in his power to send the Gospel to the heathen world. – A. B. Simpson
  • 69. The Church must send or the church will end. – Mendell Taylor
  • 70. The church that does not evangelize will fossilize. – Oswald J. Smith
  • 71. The mission of the church is missions. – Oswald J. Smith
  • 72. (Related to the previous quote.) God’s mission for the family is expanding God’s family. – Ann Dunagan, The Mission-Minded Family
  • 73. We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first. – Oswald J. Smith
  • 74. The church which ceases to be evangelistic will soon cease to be evangelical. – Alexander Duff
  • 75. The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time. – Carl F. H. Henry
  • 76. The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed. – Hudson Taylor
  • 77. The Great Commission is the Great Adventure of Christianity. – Ron Luce, TeenMania
  • 78. The history of missions is the history of answered prayer. – Samuel Zwemer
  • 79. The light that shines farthest shines brightest nearest home. – C. T. Studd
  • 80. The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity. – Mike Stachura
  • 81. There is nothing in the world or the Church – except the church’s disobedience – to render the evangelization of the world in this generation an impossibility. – Robert Speer
  • 82. The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become. – Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia
  • 83. The supreme task of the Church is the evangelization of the world. – Oswald J. Smith
  • 84. The will of God — nothing less, nothing more, nothing else. – F. E. Marsh (also attributed to Bobby Richardson)
  • 85. To know God and to make Him known. – Loren Cunningham, YWAM
  • 86. To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map. – William Carey, pioneer missionary to India
  • 87. Untold millions are still untold. – John Wesley
  • 88. Walk away from your own preoccupations . . . and see the perishing multitudes. – K.P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia
  • 89. We are debtors to every man to give him the gospel in the same measure in which we have received it. – P.F. Bresee, founder of the Church of the Nazarene
  • 90. We can reach our world, if we will. The greatest lack today is not people or funds. The greatest need is prayer. – Wesley Duewel, head of OMS International
  • 91. We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God. – John Stott
  • 92. What can we do to win these men to Christ? – Richard Wurmbrand, The Voice of the Martyrs (referring to the men who were persecuting him)
  • 93. Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice, before everyone has heard it once? -Oswald J. Smith
  • 94. Will you go to His feet and place yourself entirely at His disposal? – William Booth
  • 95. Will you shed your tears for the souls of the nations? – Wendi Stranz, Pastor’s wife
  • 96. World missions was on God’s mind from the beginning. – Dave Davidson
  • 97. You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving. – Amy Carmichael
  • 98. You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead. – Oswald J. Smith
  • 99. You must go or send a substitute. – Oswald J. Smith
  • 100. You have one business on earth – to save souls. – John Wesley