Until All Hear! Ministries
The ministries of Until All Hear!
Imagine a place where people revile you because you are a Christian. They get angry at the mention of the name of Jesus and curse you for even bringing Him into the conversation. A place where many of the people once claimed to follow Christ, but have since decided it was all a lie. Many people who claim to be Christians deny the Bible as the Word of God , claiming it was written to oppress the masses. Sound like a place in dire need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
This is Athens, GA, the home of the University of Georgia. The downtown area, if you are not familiar, runs alongside campus and hosts around 40 bars. On any given Thursday, Friday or Saturday night the streets come alive with these young people that I mentioned above. There are some who profess to be Christians and seem to be well grounded but for the majority that is not the case. I have spoken with countless kids that were raised in Christian homes but now reject everything about Christ.
With the help of much humanistic, evolutionary and atheistic instruction these kids walk away from their faith in total rebellion against God. It is truly heartbreaking to see many of these kids literally claim to love Satan and hate the God who gave them life. I cannot repeat many of the awful things that spew out of the mouths of these young people.
I always look around and think, if these were my children , I would want someone out there challenging their beliefs with the Gospel of Jesus. That keeps me going back. I pray that God might use me and the other brothers that frequently minister on the streets of Athens, to be an answer to the prayers of parents who feel like they have lost their children to Satan.
One fairly recent conversation comes to mind.
One Thursday night a young man asked if he could interview me about my religious activities and beliefs, for one of his class assignments. I agreed and when I had fulfilled my commitment, I turned the interview on him. I discovered that although he was raised in a Christian home, college had convinced him that God was not real and the Bible was a fairy Tale. I witnessed God wipe away his smug, arrogant attitude almost instantly when I asked him if his parents knew he had rejected Christianity. He admitted they did. When I assured him his parents were praying for him everyday he almost began to cry. we chatted a while longer and I shared the Gospel with him and encouraged him to make sure he had the right answer for eternity.
Tate Center on the UGA campus.
During the school year we hang out in the Tate Student Center in the middle of the day giving Gospel tracts to the students, reading Scripture aloud and having conversations with the kids.
UGA Football Games.
You can give away 1000 Gospel tracts in less than an hour at a UGA home game. It is also a wonderful place to share the Gospel through open air preaching. Although one of the best ways to share the Gospel is through a one on one conversation , this can be difficult at a football game, where the people are moving quickly to get into the stadium.
Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in Lawrenceville, GA
The Saddest and most Difficult Ministry is that of the abortion clinic.
Daily, in the United States, between 3000 and 4000 unborn babies are taken to a facility, by their own mothers, where they pay doctors to kill their child?
I realize this is a very volatile issue but the truth is that over 3000 American citizens take their own children to be murdered every day, here in the United States. If their own parents will not stand up for them, who will? I often compare this to the Nazi Holocaust of Hilter, where 6,000,000 Jewish men, women and
children were slaughtered. At this point that holocaust is only a drop in the bucket. Since Row vs. Wade, close to 60,000,000 unborn babies have been murdered, while in what should be the safest place on the planet, in the womb of their mother. The ministry is difficult because you are dealing with women who have been convinced their child is only a blob of cells and our nation has made the destruction of these little ones acceptable by calling it healthcare, choice, and a right of the woman to do what she wants with her body. The rights of the unborn are totally ignored, along with the truth that the women are killing their own children. We plead for the safety of these babies but also present the Gospel to the Women and clinic workers, for nothing is more important than the eternal destiny of these young women.
Evangelsim and deiscipleship go hand in hand. Getting the Gospel to a person is priority one, but new believers have to have the opportunity to grow. The Great Commision in Matthewm 28 goes farther than getting the Gospel to people. Jesus also instructs us to make disciples by teaching them the things Jesus taught His first disciples. This is where churches come in. Many people think, especially in the south, that we already have enough churches. The numbers tell a different story, however.
Christianity has declined more in the past decade than any other time in American history. Without church planting, Christianity will continue to decline in North America.1
Studies show that if a denomination wishes to reach more people, the number of new churches it begins each year must equal 3% of the denomination’s existing churches.
Based on this formula, mainline denominations are failing to plant enough churches to offset their decline.2
Without church planting, denominations will decline, but more importantly, the number of Christians will continue to decline.3
For example, according to Thomas Clegg and Warren Bird:
• In 1900, 27 churches existed for every 10,000 Americans.
• In 1950, 17 churches existed for every 10,000 Americans.
• In 1996, 11 churches existed for every 10,000 Americans.
• Today, only 1.5 churches exist for every 10,000 Americans.
Although the number of churches has increased by just over 50% during the past century, the U.S. population has increased by 300%! 4
This is why Until All Hear beleives we not only need to share the Gospel with as many people as possible, but we need to be involved in church planting in order to create disciples that can multiply the efforts by evangalism and planting more churches.
Consider these statistics:
• There are 120 million secular, undiscipled people in the United States.
• The U.S. is the largest mission field in the western hemisphere.
• The U.S. is the fifth largest mission field on earth.5
Other Important Facts:
• North America is the only continent where the church is not growing.
• Church planting is the most effective way to reach the unreached.
• New churches grow faster than established churches.
• New churches help keep up with population growth.
• New churches are more likely to enlist people in Kingdom advancement.
1 Ed Stetzer, Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers,
2 Bill Easum,
3 Ed Stetzer, Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age, 5.
4 Tom Clegg and Tim Bird, Lost in America: How You and Your Church Can Impact the World Next Door
(Loveland, Colorado: Group Publishers, 2001), 30.
5 George Hunter, “The Rationale for a Culturally Relevant Worship Service,” Journal of the The American
Society for Church Growth, Worship and Growth 7 (1996): 131.